Friday, March 31, 2017

ECUADOR - Montanita by Day & Puerto Lopez by Night







Yeah...the Pacific Ocean


Up early for a walk along the rocky beach with Bud and Choco, the resident pup.  The only thing better than the ocean at night is the ocean in the morning!














We walked for over an hour spying all sorts of fabulous treasures on the beach, feeling the crisp air, marveling over the motion of the ocean and enjoying our playful spirit.  Breakfast with 8 people was delightful.  We all shared our 'stories'.  It never fails to amaze me how interesting, similar and diverse our lives are. I love it!
A fisherman with his morning catch

Looks like rain!

Awesome rock on the beach

Choco loved playing fetch!



My shoes waiting for me while I
played in the water

Bud and Choco
     After breakfast, Shell drove a few of us to Montanita.  We checked out the shops.  We noticed that there was a full spectrum of fragrances and odors as we navigated our way through the town!  In one area there were tent/booths all lined up filling an entire street.  In the evenings, every one of them sells liquor!  This is still and has a history of being quite the party town.  Closer to LaEntrada, we saw lovely homes...that is where the once 'party animals' now lived as adults!

We continued to stroll the beach even though the drizzle was getting a bit heavier.  Shoes off, hair soaked and glasses foggy, we stopped at Shankha Sushi & Thai Restaurant at "The Point."
While our toes wiggled in the sand that made up the floor, our taste buds danced with the scrumptious food on our plates.  First on the menu was a 6" high and 16" long veggie tempura (called spiders or Aranas)...out of this world delicious!!!  Then we each ordered our main course.  I got shrimp with yellow curried rice and veggies...oh, yeah. Happy taste buds for sure...lol
I absolutely loved this!!!

From Carnivale






The "Point"



 























Tummies full, we walked out to the street and stood on the curb waiting for the bus to take us back to the B&B.  One of the women with us, Linda, told us to be ready to get on quickly when it stopped. Also she shared that during busy hours, they practically pull passengers on and push them off so they can keep moving and increase their days' "bottom line."  Wow!
     When we got back, I went for a swim in the pool , sat awhile in the common area writing my notes of the day, then read, showered and hung out until it was time to go to dinner in Puerto Lopez.
This time there were 8 of us and we had a splendid time.  Marsha and Shell knew the owners as they frequent the place with guests from the B&B.  The hospitality was wonderful, the food was almost perfect (my mildly spiced dish was switched with someone else's very spicy dish and my first bite was a kicker...lol) and the grounds were incredibly beautiful.  The slightly cool still night air was just right for outdoor dining.






Mama bird is keeping her little eggs warm
until they are ready to hatch

At the restaurant




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