Evacuate the beach, Por Favor!

Mid-morning today the police patrols starting announcing the evacuation of the beaches in Salinas. Calling for all crafts, sunbathers, swimmers and vendors to leave the beach due to high tide alerts.  Most folks are now milling around the malecon.

Below is a link to La Nueva for an article that outlines the evacuation.


Tomorrow is the official holiday to celebrate the Independence of Quito and many folks are on their way to Salinas and other beach towns for this long weekend. According to what we have read, the beaches, fishing, boating, sailing and swimming will be prohibited for the next three days. Currently there are police as well as other gentlemen standing guard on the malecon and at the waters edge.

I have never seen the beach this quiet except for census and election days. Strange to be able to see the beach so bare!

High noon Thursday, August 11, 2011


High noon Thrusday, August 11, 2011


High noon Thrusday, August 11, 2011


What do you think these folks are being told?


A few of the folks patroling the waters edge.

Boats, Boats, and more Boats

This weekend brought out many boaters, the last hurrah before the season ended. I caught a few with my camera and wanted to share a bit of Salinas with you.

What do you mean we have to push the boat down the malecon?

This was a very beautiful boat.

A pretty catamaran just sailed by to have a look – with sunfish behind and kayaks in front.

Joe thought this would be my idea of riding the banana – more my pace…S L O W

Hope your weekend was scenic as well.

Ecuador Navy Back in Town Yesterday

Armada del Ecuador

Armada del Ecuador

What an amazing experience living overlooking the water. In my entire life I have never seen so many wonderful sights as we have seen in our last eight months here in Salinas.  Yesterday late afternoon six of the Ecuadorian Navy’s more intimidating vessels anchored in the waters off the yacht club. With my new camera (Thanks to dear Nancy Watson)  I was able to get great shots and even was able to read the ships numbers marked on the bow of the ships.

Info on these ships is included in this recap from Wikipedia:

Guided missile frigates (2 in service)
BAE Morán Valverde (FM-01) United Kingdom Leander-class frigate Condell-class frigate
BAE Presidente Eloy Alfaro (FM-02) United Kingdom Leander-class frigate Condell-class frigate
Guided missile corvettes (6 in service)
BAE Esmeraldas (CM-11) Italy Tipo 550 class corvette Esmeraldas class
BAE Manabí (CM-12) Italy Tipo 550 class corvette Esmeraldas class
BAE Los Rios (CM-13) Italy Tipo 550 class corvette Esmeraldas class
BAE El Oro (CM-14) Italy Tipo 550 class corvette Esmeraldas class
BAE Galápagos (CM-15) Italy Tipo 550 class corvette Esmeraldas class
BAE Loja (CM-16) Italy Tipo 550 class corvette Esmeraldas class

CM 11 Esmeraldas


FM 02 Presidente Eloy Alfaro

CM 15 Galapagos

CM 16 Loja

FM 01 Moran Valverde


CM 14 El Oro

You can also find more information at this website: http://books.google.com/books?id=TJunjRvplU4C&pg=PA167&dq=ecuadorian+navy+ship+guide&hl=en&ei=wP-mTe_KA8TngQfWlY30BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

Follow the leader

It looks like baby ducks following the mommy or follow the leader, I’m really not sure.  I think these are the students from the yacht club coming back in on their sunfish sailboats after a practice session – I guess the instructor wants to make sure everyone gets back at the same time so he tows them all in.

We have seen some repair work being done on the docks at the yacht club. Looks to be a few boats moored there and a few more docks being added each day. Today they were resetting the barrier floats. These floating barriers separates the yacht club from the area set aside for other boats.