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
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 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.
School along Ecuador’s coast starts tomorrow (May 5) after a two month vacation which began March 1.
Interestingly, children in the Sierra, i.e. in Ecuador’s mountain region, have a different school calendar, one which more closely coincides with those in the US and elsewhere. This situation lends itself well to supporting the coastal tourism industry. Hotels, restaurants, tour operators, etc. in effect thus have two distinct “high seasons” when families on vacation head to the beach. The first tourist season of the year is derived from the coastal families (March-May) and then second from the mountain folks ( June-August).
Since today was Kai’s last day of “summer” and the day was absolutely gorgeous, we had no choice but to go to the beach. However, with Kai’s newly fractured arm, we went for a walk instead of our usual play in the sand and water.
Aiden and Kai enjoying a stroll along San Clemente’s beautiful beach.
The good news of course is that living on the beach in Ecuador means that every day is summer!
I haven’t stayed up to date with blogging these past few months so I thought I’d ease my way back in with a photo I took a couple of weeks ago here in Crucita. Gotta love “winter” on the Ecuadorian coast!
Kai and I are ending a two-week visit in the US visiting the grandparents (Tom stayed behind in Crucita keeping busy with exciting projects on the way).
Whenever I am back here in the States I am amazed by and appreciative of the orderliness of the cities and the perfectly smooth multi-lane highways (characteristics overtly missing from coastal Ecuador!).
Kai practices for future strolls along the beach
But despite such luxuries, it never takes me long to miss home. Looking forward to the simple pleasures of waking up to the sound of the waves and birds, walks on the beach, fresh seafood, relaxing in my hammock…