Staying Cool in Cabo

BY GEORGE JOBB

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Our decision to vacation down in Cabo in July was based on our experience of last year's weather outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. Last summer, with the 100-plus forest fires burning in the province the air quality was rated several times worse than Beijing, China, which is considered to have the worst air quality on the planet.

While the tourist advertisements don’t lie with their “most beautiful place on earth” sentiment, viewing the mighty forests and lakes, through a layer of ash was less than desirable, not an experience to repeat. So here we are in Los Cabos. I have to say it was a little hot the first week with 88-to-96-degree temperatures during the day. But the skies were clear and the ocean temperature at Palmilla Beach was 78 degrees. During the second week, I went for my usual late-night swim in the complex pool. Unfortunately, it was taped off with yellow caution ribbon and drained, with a sign saying that it would be down for a week for scheduled maintenance. They were very sorry for any inconvenience! Not the end of the world with a great swimming beach only six minutes away, but no more of those late-night swims for now. The next day we headed back down to Palmilla. It wasn’t long before we were floating in the chest-deep blue-green water, moving with the waves. It's hard not to smile when you're listening to kids laugh and watching them with their families kicking a ball or throwing a frisbee around on the sandy beach. Still, three days before the pool maintenance was to be completed in the complex our twenty-year-old A/C unit gave it up at 7 p.m.

No chance of getting it fixed the first day. Well surely after a week and a half to climatize we can make it through one night. Around 1:30 in the morning, I woke up and was having trouble falling back to sleep. Also, I was beginning to feel a bit anxious which is unusual for me. Being in my late 50s I began to wonder if I was having a stroke or heart attack like several friends have had the last few years of a similar age. I checked for some symptoms, the classic radiating left arm pain or numbness or possibly the side of my face drooping, is my speech slurred ... you know, you've all seen the commercials. I decided that it was neither. I'm relieved but for some reason, I have an urge to run around the complex or hit something. I had not had an anxiety attack at night before or during the day for that matter, so this was something new. Well, it was time to wake up my wife, she's a nurse. She was sleeping so soundly that I considered putting a pillow over her head, but instead, I just leaned over and stared at her. This usually works after a minute or two. She woke up as usual with a bit of a startle and a small scream. I explained my concerns to her. She felt it was more likely that my hypothalamus (a small but very important gland at the base of the brain) was overheating/struggling to maintain my body temperature and thus it causes a fight or flight urge/response and that I needed to cool down. That would explain wanting to run around the building. She then rolled over and went back to sleep. Well after a 10-minute cold shower and then draping a wet towel over myself, I calmed down and went back to sleep. The next day I found a portable A/C unit after checking three different stores, along the transpeninsular highway. I think 14000 BTUs should keep the room cool and I was assured by the salesman in Chedraui it would. Within an hour I had it installed and was having a much-needed siesta. Two days later the pool was up and running and I was back to having my midnight swims. I hope this helps with ways to keep cool in Cabo on those warm sunny summer days and nights.