Friday, May 11, 2018
Being In Bahia de Caraquez
Well it’s been a week for me back in Bahia de Caraquez. I’ve enjoyed my time here. The weather has been great, the beach fantastic, the views spectacular, and the friends I have hung out with are good peeps. I’m very blessed in my life.
H Sports Cafe Extraordinaire
I met up with my friend Henry at H Sports Bar. Since the earthquake H Bar just keeps getting better. It basically has become a beach bar. The front faces the road for exposure to local traffic. Once inside though, it changes into an oasis for respite and recreation. The back wall of H bar is open to the river, and between it and the river is white sand, outdoor seating, volleyball, and hammocks. It is a great space to chill and relax. Upstairs is seating with open views, cool breezes, and sports on flat screen TVs. Did I mention how cold the beer is? 🙂
When I arrived I didn’t see Henry so I asked if he was around. I was told, “Yes, he is out back.” I walked out the open back wall of H bar, stepped into the hot sand, and looked around. Across the sand and next to the river I see some dude wrapped in a hammock under a shady cabana looking like he didn’t have a care in the world. Yep, that’s Henry. It was great to catch up with him. He has put so much of himself into H Sports Cafe and Bahia de Caraquez.
I also got to spend time with my friend Doug at his pizzaria, Anto’s Pizza (named after his youngest daughter), in Leonidas Plaza, the town next to Bahia de Caraquez. When Doug and I talk I always learn something new and cool about what he has done in his life.
From contracting with the US government to find offshore munitions in Iraq, to finding treasure in the China sea, to managing conferences throughout all of Canada for the most well known self-development guru, to owning and operating a Michelin Star restaurant, Doug never fails to amaze me in what he can do. Today he is making me a wood-fire, oven-cooked pizza in Ecuador. Who would have thought, and the pizza too is also amazing.
I have been spending time at Punta Billaca. It is a beach at the southern point of the coast line in Bahia. The stretch of beach to get there is long and isolated. Often times gringos are robbed there, so it is a difficult place to travel to with anything of value.
After doing a couple “dry runs” to see who I might encounter, I decided to take my phone with me so I could gets some pics and vids of what has become my favorite place in Bahia to hang out on the beach.
And of course the seclusion allows for certain liberties while swimming and getting a tan. 😉
Take a look for yourself at this beautiful beach in the video below.
My Pal Monte
My blog post wouldn’t be complete without a pic of my pal Monte. He is the reason I am in Bahia de Caraquez this week. Monte and I have had a great time hanging out, eating table food (sorry Don and Donna), and playing on the beach.
On this particular stroll to the beach the tide was still up.
Monte looked out at the surf like “what the heck man?”. Fortunately the tide pulled out and he got to chase sticks and make me chase him to get them back. 😉