Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Temporarily Tamarindo: The Beach

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Another exhausting day, this time not doing much of anything.

After a late start, we decided to walk the beach from where we were staying to the town center. It was nearly high tide and there were bits around the point that were tough going. It took about an hour with photo stops, trudging through the blazing sand and sky.

The beach is my enemy, in a way. My heritage is Irish and Polish, people so pale that some of them have nearly translucent skin. I'm about as white as they make 'em. I've had skin cancer. Usually I'm completely covered up. Yesterday I was wearing shorts, a short sleeved shirt and sandals. Luckily, someone now makes 90+ SPF sunscreen and the stuff works. No pink at all. By the time we got to town we were beaten down by the trek and radiation.

There was a very pleasant lunch at Nibbana (the standard of food service here is very high) but it left us full and sleepy. Somehow I thought it was a moderate walk back to the condo but it took a half hour, uphill, in drenching humidity and on bad roads. PLOP on the sofa when we returned, open a beer and do some photo editing. Vacationing in paradise turns out to be a bit of work.

Road trip planned for today.

We go shopping for a wedding dress on Downtown St. Louis 365.

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Olivier said...

la premiere photo fait penser a un tableau, et la plage laisse reveur

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I am enjoying Tamarindo vicariously through your posts. It is a much easier walk along the beach to Tamarindo at low or medium tide than high tide.

Great photos of the large flocks of sea gulls. Hopefully you will have the camera at hand and ready when some flocks of pelicans fly up or down the beach overhead, or dive into the ocean.

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Jilly said...

oh how fabulous. I'm so enjoying your stay in Tamarindo. Almost as much as Dave is enjoying it via your photos. These are stunning seagull photos - en masse - extraordinary. Coincidentally, I posted seagulls on Menton today. Jonathan Livingston, I presume...

Luis Gomez said...

Hermosisimas tomas, Bob.

Sharon said...

These are gorgeous photos!

Anonymous said...

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.

Virginia said...

Life's a beach! There, I said it. I don't have as much restraint as you B! :) What a glorious place. Be glad I wasn't along on that hike home. I'd still be beachin'!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

great image. walking the beach at high tide is a workout. low tie is really easy

Nathalie said...

Anon's comments never fail to surprise me.

Great photos, love the top one with its menacing sky and the bottom one for the amazing lines in the sand.

Nathalie said...

SPF 90 sunscreen ? I never saw this even in Australia where skin cancers are numerous (same skin types as yours, deadly sun).

A good sunscreen is more fun than long sleeves long pants big hat.

Congratulations on your exhausting hike :-)