We live in a beautiful, modern two-story apartment at the end of a quiet little dead-end street about two city blocks from the Pacific ocean in the quaint little fishing village of San Clemente, Ecuador.
That almost sounds too dreamlike to be real, even though we have lived here for more than a year. The little dirt road leading up from the road to our home looks like this most of the year:
And the road from the main road to the beach access looks like this (again – most of the year!):
I have mentioned before that the province of Manabi is the driest of all of Ecuador’s provinces and most of the rainfall occurs during the months of January through March. The pictures above were taken last January before the rains came and show the way the roadway looks during the dry months of April through December.
The rains have come, and come, and come! And our quaint little dirt road has converted into a slippery puddle of standing water and mud. I went out this morning and took the following pictures of the same stretch of roadway depicted above.
And the roadway down to the beach access looks like this today:
I tried to navigate around the puddles for a bit and finally gave up.
Notice my left leg is under attack from the mosquitoes which have spawned in the new ponds and lakes found in yards and along the roadway!
It is no wonder the frogs and toads have flourished and provide the music of the night we told you about in our post regarding Ranas and Sapos: https://johnandmarylivingitupinecuador.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/theyre-back-ranas-and-sapos-that-is/
It is an adventure trying to manuever a bicycle up this road!
One more good rain and the kids will be able to play pool volleyball in this field:
We had a record-breaking wet season last year and this year has started out looking like it wants to set new records! For a couple of months more we will have to deal with roadways like this:
But, the hills are verdant with new life and the farmers who scramble with the rains for their one big cash crop are happy. We still feel blessed to live in the village I described at the start of this post!
Life is good (albeit a bit wet) in Ecuador!