This morning, I took a ride over to the boca. Most of our regular readers will know that the “boca” here in our area refers to the mouth of the Portoviejo River just south of San Jacinto. But the mouth also has another side and today my destination was the Crucita side of the boca.
Mary had heard that there was to be a sand sculpture competition that morning, so I hopped on the trusty bicycle and pedaled through Charapoto, around Corre Aguas, past Las Gilces and out to the Crucita side of the boca.
I arrived at the boca at about 10:15 and there was already a fairly large crowd of people listening to the music, eating food from dozens of concession vendors, and checking out the sand sculptures. I won’t say much as the sculptures speak for themselves. Here are a few of the works of art created from sand this morning.
Obviously some of the sculptures were not completed as artists worked away in the hot sun to complete their grand sculptures, but I really liked this alligator for authenticity and the water with plants adding to the overall work.
I watched as busloads of people kept arriving. It was clear that the event was planned to go on all day, but I had to ride back to San Clemente and hoped to complete my ride before it got too windy and hot.
I did take some time to stay and listen to the performers singing and dancing. One group from Portoviejo did traditional Manabitan songs and dances.
Here is just a sample of their performance:
I made it home safe and sound after just about a twenty-five mile ride in time to relax for a while poolside here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!