Beach Trash

One day last week I was amazed to find so much trash on the beach and the walkway up from the beach. I pick up glass when I walk the beach because my walking companion Eva and I walk barefoot. So I do this to help myself as much as anyone else who happens to be walking. Cutting the bottom of my foot would put me pretty much out of business when it comes to doing anything because, without a car, we walk almost everywhere.

Here are some pictures of what I found in one 45 minute walk: diapers, plastic bags both large and small, Styrofoam plates, plastic cups, lids and utensils, a bag of chicken feathers and a bag of someone’s shellfish remains.

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During carnival I walked our beach every day. Joe and I went there with a garbage bag and brought back a great deal of trash and left it for our trash men to pick up. We have several platforms and cages along the main road into town where folks from the houses above can place their garbage. It should not be a hardship while visiting here to take trash to one of these containers and leave the beach as beautiful as you found it. There is no excuse for garbage to be left on the beach – our trash is picked up at a minimum twice a week and some weeks they come by three times. And when there is a holiday or festival, they come by the next day to clean up the town.

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Be kind to the folks following you here and for those of us who call San Clemente our home and do not leave your garbage on our beautiful beach.

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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!

The Beach, Carnaval Style

I decided to stroll down to the beach Sunday because so many people were walking by the house. I needed to see where all these folks were going.

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Our beach is normally empty except for a few fishermen or some kids surfing. Sunday there were sleeping tents, chairs and many folks in the water.

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Now the next picture is up by Meiers Bar and Restaurant.

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Looks like one heck of a party going on up there. I must tell you this was the best carnaval we have ever been through. Some music, many people but nothing to compare to Dolega in Panama or Salinas and Playas in Ecuador. It was a relaxing beautiful experience –  let’s do it again! It seemed to be more family oriented and not party animals and was a pleasure to witness.

So this morning Wednesday, Ash Wednesday to be exact, let’s take a look at the beach just to compare.

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The first thing I noticed was no people, the second was not a great deal of garbage. I like these people because they treated our beach like it was their home.

Ahhhhhhhhhh, back to normal. Just the way we like it.

Shopping from a Pickup Truck

We are getting very close to carnaval time here in San Clemente. As with any holiday more vendors are traveling around our neighborhood. This morning a woman and man team were driving by with beautiful fabrics hanging from all sides of his truck. I could not resist, when they stopped, to see what they were selling. Beautiful duvets not the most current of styles but still very nice. Also curtains and tablecloths.

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I purchased these two for $35. I probably could have gotten them for less but I do not like haggling to get a better price, they did not look like they were rolling in the dough and we could afford the little splurge.

They fit my alpaca blankets perfectly and actually look very nice.

Preparing for the Rain

I don’t know if you can ever be ready for the rain, the mud and the damp. But Joe and I did go into Portoviejo and found ourselves a great pair of boots. We have been told by our friends and neighbors John and Mary MacDonald that when it rains it will become so muddy you will have mud up to mid-calf. If you plan on walking around town almost anytime for the next several months you will need something besides sandals.

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I know we got a bit silly with the hats and sun glasses but we will not be walking in the rain just in the mud left over from the rain..so now you understand the hats and sunglasses!

We tried to buy the boots here in San Clemente at Casa de Todo but she did not have any boots in stock. We do try to buy as much as we can here between Clemente and Jacinto our next stop is Charapoto trying to keep our money in this area instead of taking it to Portoviejo, Manta or Bahia. Many times that has worked for us.

It has rained several times over the past two weeks. Some days it has sprinkled almost all day long making it impossible to get your laundry to dry on the line.

This week I plan on doing all the shopping early in the week that we will need until after carnaval. It will be difficult to get around town with as many as 20,000 more folks here celebrating for that entire week starting Thursday, February 7 until Fat Tuesday, February 12. So it is a great time to enjoy our porch and yard.