Jan 31, 2020
Today was a slow day. In the morning I deflated and packed up the kayak because I thought we were leaving this beach. But I found out that three other travelers were joining us later in the day. So we just hung around the camp and beach for most of the day. Eva and I walked into town to visit the big store. It was much bigger than the previous store we went to. We bought a few things and then walked back to camp. It was a windy day, but the sun was up, so it was warm. But as the sun starts to set the wind made the night a bit cold.
Around 4 pm, Larrie (Oregon), Charles (California) and Bruce (Chula Vista, California) arrived at camp. They left the border about a week ago and were working their way down the gulf coast. They had all been on several trips with Frenchie it the past, so they all knew each other.
Since it was a cold night, I just stayed in the van, but Eva went out to the campfire for a little while.
Feb 1, 2020
Today was another windy day and our group was reduced by two, as Bruce and Tino turned north for home. Bruce just arrived the night before, but he had to get home for his wife’s surgery by the 5th of February. We will all miss Tino as he is a fun guy to be around. Eva will miss him especially, because we will now rely on her for all the Spanish translations.
We ate lunch at the restaurant. I had 2 shrimp tacos ($4.50) and Eva ate 2 burritos ($3.00). The shrimp was very good. The restaurant is just a thatched roof patio with a room for the kitchen made of waferboard walls. I assume they cook using propane as there is no electricity at the beach. The water is hauled in barrels. We talked to the lady and she said there was 287 people in town and 87 families. When she was born, there were only four families in town. It sounds like everyone is related. Most of the men work as fishermen. They ship their catch up to California.
The restaurant also has the beach shower. We paid $20 pesos for the shower with our lunch and then walked back to the van to get towels, soap and shampoo. By the time we got back, they had warmed a pan of water on the stove. The split the hot water between two 5 gallon buckets of cold water. So the water wasn’t hot, but it was warm. We were also glad to get 5 gallons each, as our last shower was 2-1/2 gallons for both of us.
Eva got the nice shower that had a concrete floor and solid walls. I got the primitive showers which was a blue tarp wrapped around 4 wooden posts, with a dirt/gravel floor. We got our bucket of water and a large cup to dip the water out of the bucket. It was not too bad and it was nice to have the 5 gallons of warm water.
After the showers we walked back to camp and met Frank. He was a young guy who set up camp near us and hung around with us for the rest of the day and night. He left Montreal, Canada a month ago and traveled down the east coast to Florida and then along the southern US border, and finally south through Baja. He was meeting his wife in Cabo next week. He came over and wanted to look at the van as he wanted to build something similar.
Before dinner, Vicente, from town came by and sat with us. He is the town official over tourism. He wanted to make sure everything was going good for us. They really want to encourage tourism to help supplement the fishing industry. Eva did all the translation. He told us he came from a family of 13 kids that lived in the mountains. After he was married he moved to Agua Verde. He had 5 kids and several grandkids that all still live in Agua Verde. One son is the pastor of the local evangelical church. He invited us to church, but we all ready have plans to leave in the morning. He said he has never been more than about 60 miles from home.
We ate leftover fajitas for dinner and sat around the fire for the rest of the evening.