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in m Bill Hill poses with Estella Gonzalez, whose family hosted the Hills during their May trip to Mexico. Courtesy photo \ No May joy and happiness surround APPY BIRTHDAY (m Love T-SHIRT DESIGNS .'b Bill Hill lands his favorite catch singled handed on vacation BY KATHLEEN HILL CARLISLE Bill Hill, 96, had a glorious two-week trip to Mexico at the end of May. First stop was Cabo San Lucas, where Bill was accom- panied by his daughter Kathleen for a week of fishing, relaxing and eating great food. The Gonzalez family hosted the pair in Cabo, and fed them at one of their fantastic restaurants each day. The Gonzalezes are long-time friends of the Hills, and lived on Catalina for many years. They ran the Campo Bravo Hotel (now the Vista del Mar) and started Mi Casita Restaurant-- first in the E1 Encanto, and then in the building they built on Clm'issa Avenue, which is now owned by the Tucey's. Many years ago, Jeanne and Bill went on a trip to Mexico with Moises and Estella and helped bring back the tiles for the beau- tiful murals that are still on the walls at the restaurant. Their sons, Moises and George, grew up in the restaurant business - literally working in every roll. That background, and the fam- ily's commitment to quality and integrity, has brought success for both boys. Between the two boys, they operate four restaurants in ...... i li 131-ttKX 1.15 l dl" t ,l Cabo - all fantastic - and are opening a new bar in Cabo harbor, as well as a new restaurant in La Paz. At the gracious invitation of the boys, Bill and Kathleen enjoyed outstanding meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Baja Cantina was a perfect central place right by the docks to eat breakfast before long fishing days, and dinner made from the fresh catch of the day - 10 Dorado that Bill helped reel in one day! The Hills enjoyed a luxurious day at the Baja Cantina Beach Club where the boys had the staff treat them like royalty with lounge chairs and cabanas right at the waterline during the day, and an authentic Mexican show and fiesta tableside for dinner. What a treat to see the Ballet Folklorico dancers silhouetted in the setting sun with the Arch of Cabo in the background. And the whole evening topped off with fireworks. The Fiesta takes place every Wednesday night at the boys' Beach Club. The Hills celebrated Moises (senior) birthday at Maria Corona Restaurant. This has a beautiful courtyard where a band serenades the diners with lovely Mexican music. The recipes at Maria Corona come from the boys' grandmother - and they are very authentic and delicious. What a treat! The last day of fishing was really special for Bill. Since the passing of his dear wife Jeanne in January, he had expressed the desire to go fishing in Mexico. He said that he didn't want to catch a Marlin, "because that .might be too much work to reel in," but that, "a nice Dorado would be good" He said that his favorite catch was a Wahoo, but that it was doubtful he'd get one of those. The first day out was an ll- hour trip, and it wasn't until the final hour that any fish were caught. The Dorado were small, but Bill had a ball catching one after the other. He said, "That's my kind of fishing!" On the last day of fishing, the crew was planning to head 9 miles off shore, this time on the Pacific side. It was rough and windy, and after a big wave over the bow soaked Bill, that plan was aban- doned. Within minutes of turning around, Capt. Gerardo spotted four Marlin at the surface and hooked into one easily. Kathleen fought a big marlin for 30 minutes, her first ever, bringing it to the boat three times before she handed the line off to Moises for a try. He brought it to the boat twice in 20 minutes, and on the second time, chose to let him go. The next Marlin that morning was tiny, and Kathleen easily reeled it in and released it. The fishermen were skunked for the next four hours, and it looked like Bill wasn't going to get his fish as they headed back to the harbor. Suddenly Bill jumped up from the cooler that he was perched atop at the back of the boat, grabbed the pole that was Trip, Page 11 10 ~ Friday, June 27, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER