Friday, July 10, 2009

Beach Day

We had a very relaxing day at the beach yesterday. I met a woman who is both an avid reader AND is trying to get her doctoral dissertation published, so we had lots to talk about. Her husband likes the water as much as Ibis and they hung out most of the day beyond the waves. Oh! And I saw a little brown sting ray.

The first thing we noticed when we got there was that at least 20 yards of the beach was missing. Apparently, tropical storm Andrés that passed through here a couple weeks ago took most of the enramadas (open-air thatched-roof structures) as well as most of the beach.


There used to be seven or eight tables deep, and now there are only two. The waves revealed a slate/rock wall that must have been buried for years.

We just couldn't get over how different it looked. For one thing, we'd never noticed several palm trees that must have been in the center of the restaurant and are now almost at the water's edge. We sat at a table directly beneath them. I loved looking up and seeing all the green with the sky peeking from behind.


Shortly before we left, while I was talking with my new friend, our waiter pointed out a commotion at the far end of the beach. "La camioneta!" he exclaimed.


Indeed. I'm guessing they were trying to get the wave runner onto the bed of the truck and a big wave pulled it out. Whoops.

So how was your day?

16 comments:

Janna Qualman said...

Wow! That last one's funny! But how cool about the slate/rock wall.

Natasha Fondren said...

Oh wow! My day is definitely better than the truck owner's, LOL! I've been on the phone since 7am. Now I'm waiting for a call back, and I STILL don't know when a hitch is going to be put on. This is crazy. My lungs are drowning in liquid. Ugh! I'm off to Borders, hoping the inside, clean and moldless air will help. I'm finishing a lot of writing projects that have been all inching toward the end. That will be a relief. There were three at once, so it always felt like I was getting nothing done.

Melanie Avila said...

Janna, I meant to run down the beach and get a better shot, but that's when I was talking to my new friend. :) Thank goodness for zoom!

Melanie Avila said...

Spy (:P), it looked like it drove away okay after that, surprisingly. I worry about you and your liquid-filled lungs. That's not a good thing.

JLC said...

Your day seemed fun! That must have been a pretty strong storm. (Or those roofs were very weak.) So you saw Ray at the beach? Was he wearing his chocolate pants?

I ran a few errands, took the girls out to lunch, and packed the van with camping supplies. Today I need to finish packing before hubs comes home at lunchtime. :D

Nadine said...

Sounds like a great day! I'm always amazed at our beaches after a large storm, but even more amazed when the sand eventually returns over the year.

Melanie Avila said...

JLC, it took me a minute to figure out the Ray connection, lol. I kept thinking it was the brown part, but it's the RAY, duh. Who's blond now?

Have an AWESOME time camping!

Melanie Avila said...

Nadine, that's what amazes me the most too. How does it KNOW to come back?

Sharon Marriott said...

It looks much better than right after the storm. Barra was closed for a few days to rebuild. Were you at La Condessa or Nayitos? This is where I hike down to get my email connection.

This is the perfect place for a therapy day.

Did you see the dead whale?

Melanie Avila said...

Sharon, I just realized I haven't replied to your comment from yesterday. I'll go do that next.

Dead whale? No, we didn't see that. Where was it? We always go to the very last place on the right and don't venture very far beyond that so I don't know the names of the other places. Was it really a mess then? Wow.

Sharon Marriott said...

You were at La Condessa. It is last enramada on the right. I like their pina coladas. It is the most popular probably because of the wifi access they sell. We have no phone lines along Playa Blanca. I run down there sometimes in the morning for a cup of coffee. I am about three miles back towards Zih on Playa Blanca.

The whale is half way out on the rocky side of the beach. it is about a half a mile past the lagoon. It washed in a week ago.

We walked out there last Sunday and it was already really stinky. It was a sperm whale. It will stay there to decompsoe. The iguana refuge in Barra would like to display the skull bones.

Melanie Avila said...

Ha, well there you go. I didn't know the name, we just tell people to go to the one on the end.

When I told Ibis there was a whale there, he said he was going that instant. I really don't want to go see a decomposing whale, but that'd be cool if the refuge got it. This was the first trip that we saw the sign there -- we weren't sure what they were building (someone suggested a drug lord's compound, lol).

Sharon Marriott said...

The refuges grand opening was last Sunday. It was part of the reason that I was there. It has beautiful gardens, a butterfly area and 100's of hummingbirds. Laurel has placed benches near the hummingbirds so it would be a great place to curl up with a book. She has done a very good job with it. You should go down some time and get to know her. She is a very nice and interesting lady.

http://elrefugiodepotosi.org/html/about.html

The whole town turned out on Sat to see the whale. It smelled really bad then so I shudder to think what it smells like now.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks for posting the link. I made Ibis slow down as we were leaving so I could make mental note of it, but of course I forgot about it until you mentioned it.

That sounds like a great thing to do next time we want to get out of town.

I cannot even imagine how awful that whale must be right now!

Robin said...

What are they going to do? Do they lug in new sand, or just let it erode. That happens in Jersey, albeit more slowly, and they lug in more sand. (Spoiled Americans.)

Melanie Avila said...

Robin, I think it eventually comes back naturally, but since this was from a storm, maybe not. The largest beach on Zihuatanejo Bay gets larger and smaller with the tides each year.