Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sea Wall

As you travel south on the eastern (open ocean) side of the island, you will see this little sea wall. It is directly across from a large swamp looking lake. It was knocked down when Hurricane Ivan came through in September 2004. The road it protected was strewn with boulders, fish and lobster spit up by the murderous sea. You couldn't even get through on a scooter. But the locals had a great time scooping up buckets of lobster, conch and various fish.







I've always wanted to climb up there so the other day I stopped and did just that. I was curious what it looked like on the other side. It was actually kind of pretty and it looks like a small beach is forming.








Here's the reason I never step to close to the edge of the cliffs around here. They have been battered so many times in such a short time, none of them are safe anymore. Whenever you see a big crack like this one, get back. That means that it is probably eroded underneath and will be one of the next pieces to fall off. Don't let it take you with it.





Turning around you have this great view of the swampy lake. It is actually called Salina Chica. It is brackish water, not sea, not fresh. One thing it is though....stinky! The road you see in this picture is the one that was covered as described above.




12 comments:

Islaholic Trixie said...

Your picture makes Salina Chica look so pretty. I've heard there are crocs in there. Do you know if this is true?

wayne said...

Islaholic: I've never heard this but I will do some checking around. I would be amazed if it were true though. More likely to find them in Sac Bajo. And remember, after Wilma the crocs all went missing from the zoo and it is believed that 3 of them remain in the swamps around Sac Bajo. Never proven though.

Steve Cotton said...

Maybe they are being tended by the amn with the hook that terrorizes necking teenagers on dark nights.

Anonymous said...

Many years ago ,before the road existed that salina had an open flow to the caribbean. it was continuously cleansed by the ebb and flow of the tide. after that was blocked off the salina became a large cesspool containing the aquas negras of the colonia. eventually the rulesregarding hooking up to the sanitation system
were partially enforced allowing some cleansing to take place, In hot weather it sometimes still reeks.

el oso

wayne said...

islaholic: I asked around this morning. People thought I was nuts. One even asked me "Where do you gringos hear this shit??"

steve: what? you lost me.

oso: must have been prior to 1990 that they closed it up. I have never known it to be open to the sea. What a wealth of history you are.

Jackie said...

I think Steve is referring to the urban legend about teenagers being terrorized as they make out on a remote road. Something about a man with a hook arm getting them. Either that or Captain Hook?

Jodi said...

I have a picture almost identical to yours from September 2005. It looks like there has been some progress on the beach formation from 2005 to today.

Steve Cotton said...

Jackie nailed it. Maybe it is just one of those Pacific Northwest myths. Maybe a deranged bachelor Norwegian farmer fills that role in Minnesota. (Of course, if I could type more accurately --- )

JoAnne in CT said...

Oh, Lord, that "Hookman" story must be U.S. wide!! We had stories about "him" when I was in high school... if we "went parking" at night, he could get us!! Jackie's got it on the west coast, and I had it on the east coast!!

wayne said...

People: I still don't get it. I know the legend you are refering to (and I also have a great story to go along with it!) but I don't see what I have written made Steve think of it. Is it just me???

Jackie said...

Steve’s reaching taking the crocs and Captain Hook from Peter Pan and mixing them up with the makeout urban legend.
Steve may be a bit out of whack from the unusual Oregon sunshine the last couple of days.

Islaholic Trixie said...

Thanks for asking around about the crocs. Maybe the person who said it meant the shoes!! LOL