El Matal Ecuador
02-February – 2014
On Saturday, I sent queries (about the destructive high tides) to people living in the coastal area near my home on the river. Lesli, a homeowner at Coco Beach Village at El Matal, wrote late Saturday night with a two-word message. “It’s devastating.”
Her next email shared photos and videos and said that friends were helping feed an all-night crew of seven. I’ve heard from no one else; their hands are surely full trying to stay positive, strong and smart as the ocean assaults their community.
As many of you prepare for a festive day of Superbowl Madness, please pause with empathy for those who are struggling against these destructive tides.
These photos and videos triggered a memory from a fishing expedition at Rio Colorado Lodge in Costa Rica. Weary of fighting a tarpon, I leaned against the side of the boat for a bit of muscle relief. Dan counseled, “Lisa. You rest; the fish rests.”
The people of El Matal (and most likely many other coastal areas) surely feel the same way. How can they sleep when the tides stick to their natural rhythms? Another assault nears as the sunrise approaches.
Thanks, Leslie, for taking the time to send these photos and videos. You are surely exhausted. Z