There was definitely excitement in the air yesterday in the San Felipe and Rio Lagartos communities.
And it it had more to do with a fun fair being in both the communities (check out the vintage foosball tables).
No, this was serious business as one fisherman told me on the busy wharf.
Much work was being done – preparing gear, checking engines, loading ice onto the boats – to the end of the day.
Today is the opening day of the short lived, but lucrative, sea cucumber harvest. The boats left before sunrise this morning in groups of threes or fours.
The catch is mostly for export to Asia, where the bland, tasteless and somewhat slippery creature is considered a delicacy.
Rio Lagartos (Holkoben to the Mayans) is one of four communities in the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. The reserve protects nearly 60,000 hectares of forests, dunes, mangroves, estuary and beaches from mass development. Local industry is salt extraction, fishing and tourism. The pink flamingos (numbers are estimated to be 40,000 in the reserve) are the star of the tourism trade.
I was up early this morning for a sunrise tour of the estuary and flamingo colony. I was not disappointed – the major attraction was front and centre. This was followed by an afternoon dip at a near-deserted beach and watching the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. The day was topped off by a Cerveza Sol and dinner. And now …. Siesta time!
The small, laid back fishing village of Los Colorados was a perfect place to appreciate the wonders of planet earth today. On one side of the road is the unusual pink lake caused by tiny marine micro organisms in the water and the salt flats. On the other side of the road, the blue-green waters of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico washes up on powder fine sand.
Every day is Earth Day! Appreciate the wonders wherever you are- whatever the colours – every day.
Lazy afternoon … Perfect.
Good thing I chose the morning flight!
Yes, it has been quite a winter for Nova Scotia! This is what it looks like from inside the Halifax airport ….. not much of a view but a fantastic pile of snow.