Mi familia trip to Cabo: A water perspective

Learning about the value of water in Mexico    

July 16, 2015 | By: Travis Thompson
Dinner with an ocean breeze.
Dinner with an ocean breeze.

As a kid, I kept a journal of my family vacations. With two children of my own now, I decided to keep up the tradition on my recent trip to Cabo San Lucas, documenting our journey through a lens of what I know best: water.

Dear Diary,

Arrival. After a long, exhausting day traveling with my wife, two kids and a clan of extended family, we immediately hit the pool and enjoyed a cold cerveza. After all, beer is 90 to 95 percent water.

Beach time. In my ocean-side book, “Blue Mind,” Wallace J. Nichols wrote, “As children we delight in water” — an experience I relished first-hand on this trip. Standing knee-deep along the Pacific, hand-in-hand with my family, we let the surf crash into our bodies. And, with each surge of water, my kids screamed with delight, anxiously awaiting the next swell headed our way. It was an amazing connection with water I’ll never forget.

My daughter spent more time in the water than out.
My daughter spent more time in the water than out.

Parched. We spent a lot of time in pursuit of clean drinking water, fueled by a healthy dose of fear that the local tap would punish us with Montezuma’s Revenge. Keeping a thirsty 2- and 4-year-old away from the sink, ice cubes, washed vegetables and anything else that may have touched water from the tap was a constant chore. Every order included half-a-dozen water bottles — some to keep my sun-drenched family from wilting away, and the others to stash in our bags like camels to bring back to our rooms for brushing our teeth and nighttime rehydration. This trip truly made me appreciate the value of having access to clean drinking water.

Water-wise. On a short walk into town, I noticed that without the golf courses, grass would practically be non-existent here. In Cabo’s semi-arid climate, cactus and other native succulents are the most prevalent plants. And water efficiency is as important in Cabo as it is in our dry climate in Colorado. Even the hotel had signs asking guests to reuse towels and linens if they weren’t dirty. A simple request for us to help them protect their most precious resource. Sound familiar?

Home. After landing in Denver, we raced to the nearest drinking fountain to enjoy fresh, great-tasting and — most important — safe water straight from the tap. And as we gathered our bags, one family member exclaimed: “I’ve never appreciated Denver Water as much as I do right now. Thanks, Travis!”

I couldn’t agree more.


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