Our friend Keith Williams sent me an email yesterday morning after he watched while workers took down all the small ramadas, shacks and stands on the beach side of the malecon near his home. He also said that the police were there watching as each one was removed.
Keith’s comment was, ” All along the Malecon from central San Jacinto to our house, they tore down every shack, stand, lean-to, and homemade benches on the ocean side of the malecon. Local police and special uniformed police were on site to watch government workers demolish each one.
They stopped doing it near our house and I wonder if they plan to continue it towards San Clemente today. I have no idea why it is being done as a few were recently constructed. Maybe a road widening finally?”
Joe and I had to be in Jacinto yesterday anyway so I took the above pictures. Keith is correct every single structure on the ocean side is down, leveled or already removed from the site and just a makeshift foundation remains. I did not notice anything different in San Alejo or San Clemente on our ride back home.
I hope this means that they will be reinforcing the stone walls that now separate the street from the ocean. If El Niño weather, like they are predicting, hits our area the current sea walls are not anywhere substantial enough to stop flooding inland.
Our friends Eva and Fredy had a home on the ocean back in the 80’s when there was a bad El Niño. Day by day more water came around their property and eroded palm tree by palm tree until they had no choice but to deconstruct their home and move it farther back near the cliffs.
We take our coffee almost every morning down by the water and we have what I call “surf therapy”. That is my idea of starting the day off right. Some peaceful time to kick-start our days. Most mornings it is far from quiet with the surf, birds, fishermen and Joe and I gabbing away. This has been our routine for almost every day the past two years. In all that time we have never seen dolphin swimming by so this is very exciting.
Our first sighting was while we were staying at Hotel San Jacinto. Almost every morning for the week we stayed there we had our breakfast on the outdoor deck and saw these beautiful, graceful creatures come by. We thought this was an every day occurences but soon found out that was not so and have longed to see them once again. How lovely to be given this gift. I sure do appreciate their appearance after such a long absence. Maybe this week they will visit again.
Our friends Becky and Keith Williams live on the beach in San Alejo, just a few miles from our home in San Clemente. Keith took some pictures during the aguaje and was kind enough to share with me and is allowing me to share with you. This happened just last week.
Our entire courtyard flooded. I got the car out just after this photo. This occurs every year for 3 days in Feb.. We were not concerned at all. Fabricio designed the wall for this and 27 four-inch drain holes emptied all the water within 3 hours. So, I opened both gates and created a water park for the locals !
At one time 14 kids and adults were hanging on the bars, They held on tight as the huge waves soaked every one of them ! The parents took pictures and thanked us over and over for the fun !
We had about 40 locals watching the huge waves crash over the wall and everyone was so polite and thankful. A downs syndrome child has a great time laying in the new pool ! The water came in faster than the drains could work but, it only lasted a couple of hours. Ecuador is an adventure ! Becky and I loved every minute ! We knew the house was fully safe because it has lasted 42 years of this wave cycle and the storm of the century in 1980.
For several days in a row debris from the water covered the malecon, each day a front end loader cleared the street for traffic.
I have seen where many other coastal towns had damage from the high tides, we were blessed to only have this slight damage.
Joe and I have seen these beautiful bamboo shades at Hotel San Jacinto. I would love to find someone to make these beauties for us.
We ended up purchasing other bamboo shades (photo below) for our porch, they are nice but would prefer to have the above heavy-duty ones. Between the sun, sand and wind the pull cords on one of them has already frayed. Anyone knowing where to buy these heavy-duty shades let me know, we are in the market.
Saturday night we were invited to something that turned out to be the highlight of our week. Well first keep in mind Joe and I are not goers we are more of the quiet, sit at home, kind of folks but this evening turned out to be wonderful. Our friends Becky and Keith invited us to a cookout on the beach at their home in San Jacinto. They even had pickup and return service for those of us that do not have vehicles.
The sunset was spectacular, the weather perfect, the company entertaining and the food and drinks hit the spot. The bonfire made for a wonderful backdrop to the perfect evening.
Thank you again Becky and Keith for putting this shindig together.