On my first trip to Cabo
, after a few hot October hours playing tourista, we had to pause to quench the thirst. It was noon-ish...5'O'Clock somewhere we joked.

Our girl's "Book Club" getaway, took a pit stop at Baja Cantina Marina. Not Marguerita drinkers and trying to steer clear of heavy creamy calorie laden cocktails, we asked the waiter for suggestions. "I recommend a frozen drink with mint, honeydew melon and Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum. It's called a HoneyDew." he said confidently. Feeling adventurous, and partial to rum, we ordered a round.

From the first sip, we were hooked! As we drank, we tried to unravel the complexities of the flavors. My friend Brenda, with her bartending background and the rest of us with our drinking background, surely could replicate this at home. A stop at Walmart for a honeydew melon and mint and we were ready to master this cocktail. Toss it in the blender, with some rum and ice and we had this wierd green (dare I say rather revolting) smoothie that did not come close to the original.

Back to Baja Cantina for another taste test. Ohhhh, it must be Melon liqueur in this drink, we reasoned. A stop at La Europea and 45.00 later we were sure we had what we needed. We agreed that we MUST use "Captain Morgan's" brand Spiced Rum, not the cheap stuff we were trying to shortcut with. While a splash of 7-UP made the drink bearable, it still wasn't right, and certainly was NOT a "Honeydew".

Back to Baja Cantina. Again. We asked for the drink with the honeydew melon in it. The puzzled waiter said he wasn't sure but he would check with the bartender. The bartender looked over, waved and knew exactly what we wanted. We were becoming regulars! After the second round of contemplation, we had a revelation prior to ordering the third. "What if we asked the bartender to demonstrate how he made them?". His english was excellent, and he was delighted to give us a honeydew lesson. We tipped generously, and laughed at ourselves for not thinking to ask earlier! The lesson revealed, most importantly, that there was NO HONEYDEW at all in the recipe, and the secret ingredient is pickled ginger!

This drink has become special to us. Always reminding us of our time together in Cabo. 5 months later, in the throws of our Canadian winter, with over 900 kms. between us, our "Book Club" girls meet on-line via Skype. Hubby and I had put an offer to purchase Casa Esquina, and it was accepted. We are celebrating, Honeydews in hand.

Even though we have all mastered the recipe, nothing beats the ones served in the beautiful Marina setting (we've tried the ones at Baja Cantina Beach and were disappointed). Baja Cantina is a must stop, on every trip to Cabo. As we order our HoneyDew's, our waiter does a double-take and says "Welcome Back, Ladies". "Muchos Gracias" we say. 
"It's good to be home!"

Baja Cantina's HoneyDew Recipe

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan's rum
3 oz. lime mix
1/2-1 oz simple syrup (to taste)
a few pieces of sushi-type pickled ginger
approx. 6 fresh mint leaves
Blend with ice and top with a splash of soda
Karen Barnert enjoys her time with friends and values that special time of every vacation day called "Happy Hour".

Hang around Cabo San Lucas long enough and you might end up meeting one of the local personalities. He is a very lively fellow and can often be seen making friends in the Marina or sharing a meal off the back of a fishing boat. He has even been known to accept a pat on the head in trade for some fresh fish. Other times, you can see him lazing on his favourite rock at Land's End acting like The King of Los Arcos, "Pancho the Sea Lion".

He has become quite a celebrity in his own right.  You can google his name and come up with all sorts of videos, photos and TripAdvisor threads shared by locals and tourists from around the world. After all who can resist the charms of Pancho? He has become "almost free" local entertainment for young and old. In the words of one fisherman "He was a seal that got kicked out of Sea World, but learned all the right lessons". 

Indeed my hubby Mark has enjoyed the antics of Pancho, when the crafty sea lion hopped aboard their moving fishing vessel last November, returning from a day at sea. He quickly gobbled their leftover bait  and returned to swim in the surf. Probably long enough to hop on board the next fishing boat.

A fisherman may return to port empty handed, but a short visit from Pancho aboard that five hundred dollar fishing charter made it "worth it!" 
This video hit YouTube back in December of 2011. 
Now unfortunately, Pancho has become somewhat mischievious and resorted to downright robbery!

His large body, moves swiftly and effortlessy, as he pops out of the water and STEALS the fish right out of the hands of the fisherman! It happens so quickly, they don't even see it coming.

In the words of one of the good humored fisherman "That is too funny". "That is a crime" he says while laughing. 

This video was posted October 13, 2013.

While just last week one fisherman joked about Pancho's crime, yesterday Pancho's thievery became a real crime. Stealing a tournament fish valued at possibly 9000.00 USD!!!! Current video shows the fish, the fishermen, and it sounds like many witnesses (but I don't think it's admissable in a court of law...and let's face it...could you pick him out in a line-up??). 

There's a video on our  Facebook page  

One thing for sure, the amusement could wear thin in a hurry as Pancho ups the ante. If this were to happen during the World Famous Bisbee Black and Blue tournament starting Oct. 23, 2013, then there would be a bounty on Poncho's hide. Last years fish netted the winning team 1.4 million dollars! A poncho interference would result in Wanted posters around Cabo town, and we would have to start a hurried "Save Pancho" campaign. In all seriousness, this might become a reality...word on the docks is that Pancho's father mysteriously disappeared after similar antics ended him up in hot water a few years back.

Stay tuned, but in the meantime if you're down by the marina...hold onto your wallet...there's a rebel seal in town....and he will stop at nothing!
I have a weakness for a good animal story and obviously true crime is not my calling but I would love to hear your Pancho stories!! -Karen Barnert

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