I just noticed the date and remembered one of the only Shakespeare quotes I know, “Beware the ides of March.” But, assuming you are not a malevolent Roman dictator, I reckon you should make it through the day alive. Still, use a bit of caution.
Our friends Meta and Dave live out near the mouth of the Portoviejo river (Boca). Meta came to Mary’s art class yesterday and mentioned that there was an unusual amount of wood and debris along the shore near the boca that had washed down stream. Another friend of ours named Bernie has lived right at the boca for seven years or more and he told Meta that he has never seen the logs and debris pile up like that before.
My curiosity was piqued, so I rode back out to the boca with Meta when she left to go home.
This is what happens after three straight years of less than average rainfall when heavy rainfall upstream works to free up fallen trees and refuge from all of the side streams and river banks.
To make matters worse, a series of unusually high tides (called an aguaje) worked to push the flotsam high up onto the bank making areas that are generally sandy beaches log piles.
Those with property along the beach are hoping that the city or other local government will work to clear away this wood and garbage before the Easter week rush that generally brings crowds of people to the beach community. I suggested that they should sponsor a huge bonfire! That would be spectacular and we could probably see the blaze from our home three miles away!
But, not everyone is disappointed with the pile up. This young man was out filling huge bags with recyclable plastic bottles.
He already had a couple of full bags up near the roadway and seemed to be happily gathering a windfall worth of bottles he could sell.
Also the flow picked up any dead or dying animals along the shore and brought them out for a virtual vulture buffet!
The birds argued amongst themselves battling for scraps until this dog got into the act.
Come on now, there is plenty for everyone!
Picking through the debris on the beaches is what our friend Lisa calls shopping at Playamart. I guess this qualifies as a Playamart clearance sale!
Meta makes use of driftwood she discovers with many arts and craft works.
This old west style sign posts the mileage to all of Meta and Dave’s former homes and adorns their home near the boca in San Jacinto, Ecuador. Proving once again that, “One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure.”
Life is good (if a bit cluttered right now) in Ecuador!