Manabi Province, Ecuador
This past weekend I visited the fishing village of El Matal and found ample material for this week’s Photo Challenge of ‘STREET LIFE.’ On Saturday, the high tide washed across areas of the front street, where fishing boats trumped automobiles for use of the road!
First-aid options for the vanishing beach are tied up in red tape. Concerned locals watch as each wave brings the next spring tide a bit closer. How much longer will there be room for boats and autos?
How much longer will it be before the ocean gobbles the sand beneath the road and advances to the front line of houses, restaurants and sheds?
There was once a scrimmage soccer field on the beach side of the road! Only ghost memories remain of the restaurants that perched on the beach near the intersection. Most boat shelters have vanished with the approaching tides,and the boats now preside over the street. No one grumbles about the boats blocking the road.
Many people feel as if the municipality has abandoned them.
Even though the ocean continues to nibble away more of the beach, the locals have an amazing gift of greeting others with a smile!
Thanks for strolling with me! z