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El Matal – Jama/Manabi/Ecuador

Limbo: “An uncertain situation that you cannot control and in which there is no progress or improvement” (Dictionary/Cambridge.org)

The spring tides usually stop at the height of this rock. (Southern rough-wing swallows in photo)

The spring tides usually stop at the height of this rock at Casa Loca. (Southern rough-wing swallows in photo)

Two nights ago, the sound of thundering waves triggered my concern for nearby El Matal; I did not sleep well and was dressed and outside at dawn.  The day before, Rio Jama seemed to creep higher than normal.

The rock was completely under water.

The rock was completely under water.

A view of the mouth of the river confirmed my suspicions – after a year of good behavior, Mother Ocean was throwing a tantrum.

April 22, 2015 - The mouth of Rio Jama

April 22, 2015 –  6 a.m. – Strong waves leaped across the sandbar at the mouth of Rio Jama

My friends’ father/grandfather, Senor Jose Nestor Cevallos, died three days ago at the age of 103; after the services yesterday, I reached El Matal just before sunset and high tide. Some locals stood in clusters and watched the thundering waves while others watched stoically from their properties. The mood was somber.
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No one seems to know the status of the paperwork/request for emergency assistance.  There are more successful options than the use of boulders (proven to fail, and they have failed) yet the apathy at governmental levels is discouraging.

One line of bags below ground level and a second half in and half out...

(2104) One line of bags below ground level and a second half in and half out…

For a year, the sand bags have served their purpose (buying time) on the upper end, yet they received a battering this past week.   The estimated life of the bags is 18 months, and there are two rows of (aging) bags in place.  A third fresh line would help all of the homeowners sleep better at night.

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None of the tide tables predicted these high tides and strong swells.

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Because my trek took longer than planned, I spent the night with friends and will resume the next segment of my beach walk in the morning.

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More soon,

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