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You Know...Life Really Is a Beach!!!

As most of you all know, we are sort of living in and on the beach, so the sound of waves crashing, and salt in the air, are just facets of our life...but good...

Now, here are a couple of items that you might not get to do if you were, say, living in Detroit...

We have mentioned that iguanas seem to think that their mating dance is enhanced if they do it on our roof, so we hear their claws often, as they sashay around trying to get an advantage over the other amorous male...

Well, the other day, we were watching the waves, and all of a sudden we see an iguana leaning over our roof staring at us.  Now, this is unusual, and we commented that he seemed puzzled or lost.  He was sort of the junior size, so we think that he hopped off one of the coco palm fronds on to the roof, but forgot to leave a trail of breadcrumbs about how to get off...

The next thing we know, he is scooting his body off the side of our two story roof, ready to take a jump straight down to concrete flower bed borders..., so I jump up, fold our beach umbrella, and stick it under him while he decides to put a claw or two out to test the umbrella's holding ability.  I push the umbrella out a ways, and he just sort of rides it down to the deck level, so now I have an iguana on the end of this umbrella and have to decide what to do with him now that I have him. 

I yell at  Rox to snap a picture, and I walk to the deck gate, to try to walk him downstairs...take a look as I approach the gate...

 About two seconds after Rox takes this shot, the little guy discovers the downward sloping banister, and slides down about half of it before he jumps off onto the grass, and waddles over to one of our tallest palm trees and climbs back up to his home...sort of a good thing...I'm not sure how good I might be at splinting an iguana leg

We put in a lot of sunset pics, but we like them, and hope you do to...check this one out...

 

 Wednesday, finds us getting ready to drive the 35 miles south to Salinas so we can stock up on stuff, and as we are just leaving our front gates, Isidro runs up to let us know that the road south is blocked to all traffic.  Since this is the only north-south road on the Coast, we ask if there is a detour, and he shrugs and says that you can always drive on the beach.

Well we have driven some on the beach, especially when showing visitors the homes that people have that are easier to see from the beach.  However, it was high tide this morning, and as you beach folks know, there is not a lot of hard sand available to drive on at high tide, mostly soft and dry sand, that eats your tires and sinks your car, and makes the driver look like a damn fool...

Since Agripina also cleans the house while we are gone, we didn't want to go back in and just hang around watching her do her thing, so we said we would take a chance on the beach. 

We got to Valdivia where the road was closed (no signs, no detours, just a line of gas and water trucks waiting off to the side of the road).  This was not our idea of a fun trip, so we began to look for a road into the beach.  We asked a local, who was standing around some of the stopped semis, and asked if he knew about a good entrance to the beach.  I should say about here, that there is a river running parallel to the road with steep sides, so you don't just go west and hope to hit ocean...He found a road and led us down it, but we were lucky to see that a car ahead of us had finally done in an old bridge, and it was sitting at a forty five degree angle, half on the road and half down the riverbank.  So...we backed up, went north and finally found a good entrance road about two miles back, got on and started south...

So, off we go at about 40 mph...finding the sand, hard and soft, as we went up and down over scalloped rises...the tide was coming in faster, so we went faster, until we came to a river mouth, and we had to make a quick stop to see if it was safe to drive through.  I sent Rox out to walk through it to see if she would sink too far...she did fine, so I stuck us in 4 Wheel Drive, punched it and hit the water at about 40, and pretty much sailed across, and sort of flooded the driver's seat with seawater...

Rox got back in and did not complain much about a wet seat...

 

We continued south, past the blockage, and began to look for a way off the beach.  This is not so easy, and all the sand is really dry and soft as you get higher on the beach, away from the water.  Finally we located a drive line between a  bunch of fishing boats, dropped her into 4WD, punched it, and fishtailed it all the way up to hard pack...This was in the morning...by afternoon, the soft sand was two feet deep from large trucks and busses mashing it up, so an enterprising group of young, and very strong men, were standing beside that part, taking propinas (tips), in order to push you thru the mush.  We gave them a buck, but told them that we would be fine, and shot the gap at 30, spun north, and floored it...got a huge hand...

I told Rox that if we had to do this again, she should take our picture as we go through the river...well, the river was about half as deep on the way back, as the evening mountain storm water had already passed through.

So here is our pic, close, and far...

 

 

 

 We drove north about two more miles until we found our entrance road, and got home excited to tell Isidro and Agripina all about our adventures...We thanked Isidro for the advance warning, and he beamed...also, got all the salt off the car in about 15 minutes flat...

So...a good trip, and lots of fun...

 

Here is a shot of Rox and Coquita, just in case you forgot...

 

Posted on Wed, February 4, 2009 at 03:49PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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