“Away out here they’ve got a name for wind,” but it ain’t Mariah. Nope. The big winds–we/re talking tropical storms here–have names that start with the letter A and run through the alphabet until the last big storm of the year. The indigenous people of Mexico called these winds Hurakons, after “a great spirit who commanded the east wind.” Spanish explorers adopted the word. This year’s storms began with Amanda. Vance blew through last week. Winnie will be next, if another storm south of us organizes itself to tropical storm strength.
We chose Banderas Bay for Elizabeth Jean‘s first hurricane season because of its reputation as a protected hurricane hole. As we traveled this summer it seemed as if our friends were following the hurricanes as much, or more, than we were. Every time a hurricane went through we heard from folks concerned for Elizabeth Jean‘s safety. To date (knock wood) she has weathered the season’s storms. Other areas on our path were not so lucky. Odile hammered Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and other spots in the Sea of Cortez. Fifteen people died during the hurricane. One, a man named Gunther, was a familiar voice to us. He frequently moderated the La Paz cruisers net, which we listened to while we were in the Sea of Cortez. He is reported to have gone down with his boat anchored in La Paz harbor.
The wind called Odile, Category 4 hurricane approaching Cabo San Lucas on September 14, 20114.