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President Correa sounds the "All Clear"

When I wrote the preceding entry, we were waiting for a 5:00 pm hit on the Galapagos...when that didn't come, we all sat down to hot dogs and potato salad at the dinner table.  It was much better than eating off the tailgate of the SUV...as all of Montanita and other towns were cleared out.

John and Jeanne, two sturdy Vermonters, are guests in the suite this week, and we are sure that they didn't read about a night like this in the guide books.

We did get a really nice sunset as we were waiting for tsunami news...

After we had eaten, we were contemplating doing the dishes, when we got three frantic calls that we must evacuate.  We were told that the tsunami was late, and that it had just passed through the Galapagos with 5 meter waves!

So...we all packed the cars with stuff that had been pre-packed--essentials like beer, wine, coke, dog food, and TP--plus flashlights, CB radios, blankets, more food, lots of water, and extra clothes--plus all of our important papers, computers, passports, and lots more things that seemed to fit in the soft bags.

We were checked out of town by security guards, who were watching the entrances to the now vacant village.  We were guided by Manual, up a steep road to a high hill overlooking Manglaralto.  There we found a whole tent city, of folks who had been up there since 4:00 in the afternoon.

Here are the crew who arrived with beer and wine to make the waiting easier...

There were lights and latrines, lots of quiet waiting--what we didn't have was whining or bitching.

The only authorities were some volunteer firemen and their truck...all the police were off somewhere else...so 300 people were just fine...


As you can see, every kind of tent was put to use...


 Everything went smoothly as we waited for the big waves.  And we waited, and we waited...they hit North of us several hundred miles, but not near us...

Finally at 11:00 pm, the President got on the radio and notified everyone that all was "tranquilo" or calm...so the emergency was over.

I must admit that I was a tad disappointed that we didn't get to see some huge waves, but in the "be careful what you wish for" category, I was happy that we weren't sweeping a foot of sand from the floor of the new Suite.

 Thanks folks for all of your concerned Emails...it makes us feel better to know that you are thinking about us!

I am finishing up this post on Sat morning, where I have already been to Montanita to get money from the ATM, got beer from the distributorship, got lettuce for lunch, and got Jeanne, our Suite guest, in for a one hour massage for 25 bucks...and made sure that our "head table" was ready for us tonight at the Casa Blanca...


Posted on Fri, March 11, 2011 at 10:31PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

We were sending "good good good vibrations" your way all day and are glad to know all is well in Manglaralto.
Patty & Michael

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatty & Michael

So happy you all were unscathed! It would have been a shame if anything happened to your beautiful home!

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Kimbler

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