Boat Tours and More

There are several activities that are available here on the beach.  One of those activities are boat tours. A small boat with a canopy backs up the beach near the shore and loads up somewhere from 8 to 10 people for a short tour. Each person is given a life vest and they are off bouncing over the incoming waves for a short tour.

I am pretty much a chicken when it comes to small boats. I remember when we were living in Florida and Joe wanted to take Jennifer and I out in a canoe on the Rainbow River, I did it once and that was it. Just not my thing.  Both Jennifer and Joe loved it. And they would go often without me, until Joe found out there were alligators in that river.

IMG_2644To see the waves lift the front of the boat out of the water and slam it down makes my stomach queasy…IMG_2643 IMG_2642The set up here is very similar to other places we have lived on the water. They have the banana. It could actually look like a banana all in bright yellow or could be orange or blue but it is always called the banana. The ride starts out nice and calm but when the ride is finished the boat makes a very sharp turn and dumps everyone on the banana in the water. They even have one that looks like a huge tube but no hole in the middle, it has a bunch of handles at the top and you bounce over the water while you are hanging on for dear life, screaming the entire time. Then the boat makes a sharp turn and flings you into the air into the water…as you can see my idea of fun is not getting flung around on a piece of rubber to land on my face in the water.  I know you are all saying she is SO OLD, no it is not that, well I am old but…when I was young I would never have done any of these activities either.

There are other quiet more calming activities you can enjoy on the beach.  My next post will show a few of those.

Have a blessed day.

Momma Duck with Ducklings, or Boats in a Row

We see some odd things from our patio. Today’s photo looks like a mother duck with her ducklings following behind but in truth it is a bigger boat with smaller boats tied behind.

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IMG_2707 IMG_2710I wish I understood the logic, maybe someone can tell me the reason for this set up.

My neighbors in San Clemente Paola and Bart have given me the explanation to this mystery, I have cut their comments on Facebook and posted it below:

Maria Paola Bravo Centeno el grande es un barco de pesca y los mas pequeños se les llama pangas y sirven para descargar las pescas osea llevar el pescado a tierra sra Nancy Kowalczyk Levin

The big one is a fishing boat and the smaller they are called pangas and serve to download the fish I mean take the fish to earth Mrs Nancy Kowalczyk LevinAutomatically Translated
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Bart El Unico
Bart El Unico Maria is right, the smaller boats take the fish, shrimp etc off the larger boat and take it to shore. Many times they buy it to resell and also take supplies to the bigger boat. I used to go out to a boat with Ramon at 5AM. We would eat breakfast on the boat, drop off supplies and buy shrimp and fish.

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Port Watching

IMG_2581 IMG_2585 IMG_2587 IMG_2589 IMG_2601More car carrier ships arrive than cruise ships. Can’t imagine who is buying all these vehicles.

IMG_2459These big container ships unloaded SUV and cars.IMG_2456This is the Ecuador Navy’s one active submarine. It was docked off the port for a few days.

IMG_2423 IMG_2420Lake Geneva also docked and unloaded trucks, SUVs and cars.

IMG_2406IMG_2542Several cruise ships also docked this past few weeks.IMG_2522Good thing we brought the binoculars!

“Follow Me, and I Will Make You Fishers of Men.”

San Clemente 9-9-2014 002 The Catholic church at the entrance to San Clemente recently received a new coat of paint. Today I noticed the beautiful painting on the entrance wall. This is a wonderful tribute to a fishing village.

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Building a Boat Next Door

Several months ago, Oscar – who owns the house across the street from ours – started working behind his house. I finally took a look out our window to see a boat taking shape.

San Clemente 6.21.2014 016I will never get used to how things are done here. It’s a great spot, out of the sun, lots of fresh air and close to his home. Couldn’t get any better.

San Clemente 9.5.2014 027San Clemente 9.5.2014 028This past week the boat frame was finished and several men carried it away. Good fishing, guys!

New Boat Motors

Back in Early October our friends Keith and Becky Williams sent me this information and photos of new boat motors being handed out in San Clemente. I am going to reprint their email below:

One weekday recently, I was driving down the Route Del Sol of San Clemente and I suddenly saw over 30 pickup trucks lined on both sides of the road. I also saw a tractor-trailer unloading giant boxes while over 100 local people watched. I immediately pulled over to check it out. I was shocked when one family opened one of the large boxes to see a brand new, 100% Japanese made, Yamaha 40hp Enduro outboard. I know all about these outboards. They are super heavy duty outboards made especially for third world countries for salt water fishing. They are built to last 20+ years ! They are not sold in the U.S. because they last too long ! If one ever was sold in the U.S., it would cost over $5,500..I was shocked again when a fisherman told me that 70 of these were delivered and each one was sold to a fishing family for only $1700. I learned that the Ecuadorian Government subsidizes these outboards to help the people stay employed. I didn’t see large sums of cash paying for the outboards. Instead, I saw a table where three men registered each family wanting one and the family signing for them. I was impressed and amazed at how happy the families were and that their government really cares about them. now, I get to watch the fisherman use them almost every day. Ecuador is an adventure !

Best, Keith

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thanks Keith and Becky for a great story and pictures.

High Tides

The paper called it an aguaje with higher than normal tides. The waves were crazy wild and even kept me from walking the beach most days last week.

San Clemente 2.3.2014 004 San Clemente 2.3.2014 003 San Clemente 2.3.2014 002 San Clemente 2.3.2014 001 The fishermen who keep their boat at the end of some of the beaches moved them onto the streets behind to keep them safe. We take our coffee to a spot about a block from our house and sit most mornings enjoying the ocean and fresh air. One day I noticed that the picket fence surrounding the fishermen’s cottage was a bit eroded the next day the fence was gone.

San Clemente 2.3.2014 006 San Clemente 2.3.2014 007 San Clemente 2.3.2014 008Always worth watching what the locals are doing, that will tell you what is happening in your community.

Beautiful Boat Visits San Clemente

During carnaval Joe and I stayed home, we are not interested in getting wet or foamed so why put yourself in a position to be uncomfortable in your own town. We did work in our yard, listened to music and just basically relaxed. Really did not think we missed anything because after spending three years in Dolega with carnaval celebrated only one block away and temporada in Salinas for that one year right outside our windows, we are happy with peace and quiet. But as soon as everyone left and went back to their homes Joe and I rushed out to sit on our little beach. This is what pulled up in front of the Palmazul hotel earlier this week.

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It was a beautiful boat, they stayed for two days and when we went to the beach on Friday they were already gone.

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The water has been beautiful, warm and very inviting. When we were there on Friday one of the fisherman came down to tell us not to go into the water and actually waved for our neighbor Max and his son to come closer to shore. The waters here can generate an undertow. Joe is an excellent swimmer, was a lifeguard in his teens but that was over 40 years ago. We don’t take the chance and would strongly suggest that care be taken when swimming in our waters. One of the Expats  living here drowned in these very waters last year. Caution is advised!