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Leaving Cuenca thru the Majestic Cajas, the green, green jungle, to the Sunsets at the Coast...

Well, we did everything on our list when we were in Cuenca, and a whole lot more!!! There is no doubt that Cuenca is the most progressive and prosperous city in Ecuador (on the whole). This city has everything one needs to do about anything, be it social, medical, sight-seeing, or shopping, not to mention a church for every week of the year...

 

We had good times celebrating with Rich and Nancy, having a play date over at Brian and Shelley.s, having a new couple over to the apartment, and going out for dinner on the last two nights. The Terrace was a fantastic steak house--best steak in 30 months for us.

 

 

  

The only negative was the absolute gridlock in Cuenca "old town".   Suffice to say, that this added to our enthusiasm for getting out of town.

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We had a great time while we were there, .but, like going to a birthday party and eating too much ice cream and cake, it is good to get back to a slower way of life, where there is perfectly clean air all day, and plenty of room to spread out--both for you and your car...

 

So, this morning, I am writing this entry as the sun comes up, Coquita is sleeping on the chair next to the desk and Rox and our guests are still cutting Z's. We (Coquita and I), had an incredible walk on the deserted beach...and, since we were gone, another two feet of sand has come in! The air was pure, warm, slightly humid, the waves were just huge and beautiful, and the sunrise was pink and gold, turning the crests of the waves pink, and giving the flying pelicans a firey look...

 

Our trip was caravan style with Shell and Marsha driving a new Mazda that they had rented. We know that they could have gone faster if they had not had to wait for us on the steep up hills, but they were probably grateful for a guide thru the maze of Guayaquil...

 

We could see Marsha snapping many photos as we drifted through the jungle at 4000 feet...the leaves were bright green, huge, and many...Also, the mountains were magnificent through the Cajas...razor sharp edges on all the granite...plus green, green, green...

 

Here are a bunch of pictures to give you an idea of how the trip went...there had been terrific rains the week before, and we had to negotiate several detours, where the mountain decided to join the road...still better than driving in Cuenca, however...

 

Many of these shots were taken by Marsha from their car...as you can see, the clouds had not burnt off yet...so we had some slow going...

 

 

 

 We had a 20 minute delay as the road crew was pouring fresh concrete for the new road, and the trucks needed all the room just to get in position...

Marsha had time to be charmed by this young salesman...and couldn't resist buying a bag of chips...

 

 

'Course...when you see llamas, you just have to take pics...   

 

 

Now, up here on top of the world, torrential rains bring you a lot closer to Mother Nature...that huge boulder will probably have to be dynamited, since it is a lot bigger than our car...it decided to join the road after we went thru on the way up...

 Here is the same boulder shot by Rox...

 

This is a sample of the road after it has been cleared--and, I'd still rather drive on this than watch the same light cycle in Cucnca 10 times while I move 2 car lengths...

 

 

Everything turned green as we dropped through the 4000 foot level...

 

 

 

Bamboo grows to eight inches thick here, and is used extensively for building...

 It's still green when you reach sea level...but it is hundreds of thousands of acres of rice and bananas...

 

Restaurants are sparse in this neck of the woods, so we pack chicken sandwiches, stretch our legs, and drink fun stuff...

 Marsha contributed a couple of sunsets...one shot thru the dining room window...

 

 We met new friends on the terrace of one of the nicest homes in San Jose, just north of us...

Posted on Thu, March 11, 2010 at 05:13AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

Did the ocean bring the sand or did they have to truck in some more.Since the ocean took it away when you had the bad weather.Does it automatically replace it when you have good weather?

Just wondering how it works to live @ the beach?

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwmc

Hi wmc...
I've been watching the waves for more than two years, and I think I might have figured how some waves bring in sand and others take it back...
It's easy to sea violent waves at high tide take out sand...they just roar in higher and faster than normal, and scoop out layers of sand each time they recede...They can take out two feet of sand in a couple of hours..

However, getting waves to give the sand back is a little more complicated. In our area, we are facing a huge sand bar that goes out for several miles, so when violent waves take out the sand, it just sits out there making the sand bar a little more shallow. To get it back requires large waves to crash on these sandbars about 200 yards offshore, and then, filled with sand, these waves roll in but not violently, just slowly enough that they pause to let the sand filter to the bottom before they ease back out. I would say that this is when the tides are not super high...just medium...
I am sure that there is a hugely more scientific way to say this, but this is what we see...
Thanks for writing.

Bob & Rox

March 11, 2010 | Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne

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