Christmas Day, 2010, Loreto, BCS.
Dawned with north east breezes, clear skies and crisp temperatures. Shared hot coffee and Christmas cookies with Jeff Kahan who had stopped for a couple of days on his journey south to La Ventana. We took a long beach walk and let the fresh sea air waken us into the sacred holiday before he took off to meet his friends.
First on my agenda was a Buster bath! Oatmeal soappy and fresh and soft dog fur. I combed/brushed/cut out sand knots and ended with a blow dryer that left him looking like a show dog! Then, the jingle bell collar went on and he was ready for our outing.
The evening meal had been arranged by Jill Jackson for a private Picazone feast. What a treat! 3o or so family and friends who trekked to the far point on the water overlooking Coronado Island.
We gathered on the couches, sipped cocktails and wine and stories of Christmas past, fishing (there is always a fishing story or two in Mexico), travels, and adventures. We all reflected on how lucky we felt to be in such a special location under the kind and watchful care of Alejandro, Imelda, Alex Jr., and Diego. They have carved a magical space out of small chunk of seaside desert with their tony restaurant, Picazone. I would have to say it is a must see/do in any Loreto vacation planning.
Prior to dinner, Rick Jackson had set up his camera on the beach and was doing spontaneous Christmas portraits. Buster, all fluffy fur, demanded that we have our picture taken.
With a first course of onion soup, the stage was set .. along with the dramatic backdrop of sky colors shifting from blues to sunset hues. I helped light the beautiful bank of drip candles atop spent wine bottles. Alejandro eventually used one for each table, the soft light spilling across the colorful clothes and warmly lighting the faces of friends. Gravy laden turkey plates arrived next .. each with a side wondrous cheese potatoes. Is there a word for ‘happy mouth’? My tastebuds were pleased, my heart filled with the warmth of friendship that continues to spread and build in this small community. Such luck.. such wonder. Such a special Christmas day.