Monday photo: San Clemente Beach on a Sunday Afternoon

Just a quick post. Yesterday, we went for a short hike through the hills above San Clemente and then looped back home along the beach. A beautiful and relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

View overlooking the northern end of San Clemente

View overlooking the northern end of San Clemente

 

During the week, the beaches here in San Clemente are typically empty with only a handful of people walking or playing in the water in addition to the occasional group of fishermen bringing in their catch. The beaches on weekends, while rarely ever crowded except for major holidays, are nevertheless full of activity. Families visit the beach from nearby inland towns and spend the day together jumping in the waves, making sand castles, and playing the requisite game of soccer.

Our dog Coco with the view of Punta Bikini

Our beach bum canine Coco with a spectacular view of Punta Bikini as the backdrop on a “busy” Sunday afternoon. On the right, fishermen and locals crowd about a fishing boat to inspect the catch.

 

Tom

Tom with more of our crew

 

Saturday in the parks of Quito, Ecuador

We’re spending a lot of time in Quito these days as we await the arrival of our new baby boy!  We’ve decided to stay in Quito so we have excellent access to a progressive natural birthing center in Cumbaya, a valley just outside the main city center of Quito.

Yesterday, we took some time off from our work to move around and explore the parks of Quito.  We went to Itchimbia, Parque La Alameda and Parque El Ejido and had a nice $3 lunch at our favorite authentic chinese restaurant (looks a bit rough on the outside but the food tastes great).

Check out some video we took from our wanderings around the park:

We’re working on the Video Guide discounts for our upcoming Quito video and we already have 25% off your first car rental (chauffer is optional) and package deals for airport pickups and hotel stays for those just passing through. Stay tuned.

Ecuador, Hawkswood, and adventure

Each of us searching the internet for information on Ecuador is looking for something particular… retirement, ecotopia, adventure, new life experiences, culture, investment, a living solution that provides a high quality of life at a low cost of living… the list goes on.
Lynn and I seem to be drawn from place to place trying to find a healthy mix of science and adventure. We were so happy to find our little niche in Ecuador because it has offered us an amazing beach-base to work from, access to great food and local-living, an amazing country to explore, a beautiful beach to wander on in the evenings, and a paragliding launch just a short hike from our door.
But don’t be mistaken… we’ve always had a traveling itch that needs scratching and can’t help but keep moving around. To that end we have created a small network of good folks to help us sell and maintain our properties and get new folks introduced to the region so the gears can keep turning even while we’re away.
Right now, Lynn and I are doing some foreign traveling… strangely enough… in the US! If you read our little “about us” blurb you’ll see that we have a dream of doing scientific work while traveling around the world on our sailboat – Hawkswood… As we were formerly based in Chicago the first step is removing our boat from land-locked status… and we’re working on that right now!
I’m writing from a dock in Peoria, IL as the waves lap up against the side of Hawkswood… we’re headed down the inland waterway system to the Gulf of Mexico and then to Florida… That’s right… from Chicago to the Gulf via rivers and waterways. Our travel plans are still open after that but after the few weeks we’ve spent in the cold so far… southern latitudes are screaming our names! If you’d like to follow us, please take a look at our other blog! The photo below is Hawkswood at anchor near Buffalo Rock State Park in Illinois.
Eduardo and Paola are happily showing lots in Ecuador and helping both new and old investors get acquainted with the area. Lynn and I generally have good access to email to help answer any questions. If our planned river route (Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio, Tenn-Tombigbee) passes through your neighborhood please do get in touch. Maybe we can meet up to talk all things Ecuador! Of course, when lots do sell we’ll gladly be making the trip to Ecuador to help go through the paperwork process in person. We should be back early next year when it’s time to take a break from the first of our sailing adventures.
Please do get in touch if we’re coming through your neighborhood or planning a trip to Ecuador soon!

"Settle-in" services coming soon

We spent this afternoon with Eduardo and Paula, two good friends of ours that we’ve known since we arrived in Ecuador a few years back. The four of us headed out to the Boca around low tide for lunch. 

On weekends, vendors set up on the beach and serve delicious food including fresh ceviches, fried fish, shrimp, fruit drinks, and the like. Delicious, inexpensive, an unbeatable view and multiple hammocks to choose from for a little relaxation after your meal.

Over lunch, we discussed with Eduardo and Paula about working with us to offer services for new-comers to the area.

Where to get a cell-phone, how to pay the water bill, the phone number for the fruit truck, where to buy a vacuum, how to use the local bus transport, where/how to buy a car and register it, how to get your Ecuadorian drivers license, etc… will all be part of the services that they and our other local counterparts will provide.

It’s a fast-track to getting settled-into your new Ecuadorian life that bypasses much of the awkwardness of getting to know a new place, new customs, and (for many of us) a new language.

We’ll get more details up on the web soon as we sort out the pricing structure and detail the services.

Here’s Paula at the third fruit/veggie truck that came by today… We bought 60 limes for a dollar to feed our ice water with lime addiction.

"The Boca" come sundown

Worked on the website a bit today then headed out on the moto in the evening to check on some house renovations going on for a previous buyer.  It was low tide when I pulled up.  Couldn’t help but go for a stroll on the beach to watch the shore birds working on the exposed tidal flats.


Quite a beautiful sunset with the sun dropping its rays through the clouds. I shared that beach with one other person, a local fisherman wandering the coastline… I think he was grabbing oysters from a nearby outcrop while the tide was at its lowest point.

Here’s Bill’s place nearing completion! He has the nicest down to earth place on this stretch of beach. I’ll be sure to post some “before” photos soon!