El Garrapatero Beach...Red Mangroves - from trees to sushi

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Me, Paul, and Andrea at El Garrapatero

After being awoken by absolutely mandatory vacuuming at 8:30 on a Sunday morning, I went over to Paul's around 10:30.  We wasted time until noon, watching the frigate birds, and then the day got beautiful.  After $3 lunch in the kiosks, we caught a taxi to El Garrapatero: through the highlands and down a bumpy 5 km dirt road while the taxi driver played a CD of American / English artists like Hoobastank and Keane.  It was surreal. 


Tbe beaches were beautiful with cactuses on the shore and red mangroves in the water.  I also saw a white tip reef shark while swimming.  We hung out at the beach until we were chased out by the National Park guards and luckily our souped up taxi was waiting for us early.

Cactus on the beach
His taxi had stickers of Porsche cars and Che Guevara.  You could only see through the middle half of the windshield because there were black strips on the top and bottom advertising Marlboro.  He was waxing up his car when we arrived (the beach is 1 km away from the "parking area") which seemed like bad timing considering we had a whole rock road to drive up. 

That night, we ventured to try sushi at the Red Mangrove Hotel.  I'd like to think that I'm a connoseiur of sushi or at least an avid follower and by my standards, the maki and nigiri were passable and the sashimi was just dismal.  I find it hilarious when white people do silly things like Paul ate out of his sauce dish.  Too funny.  The outdoor deck was a world apart from the rest of Puerto Ayora and $3 meriendas.  The food wasn't great but it was such a stunning view and Paul's foray into chopsticks and sushi provided plenty of entertainment. 

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Me, Paul, and Andrea at El Garrapa…
Me, Paul, and Andrea at El Garrap…
Cactus on the beach
Cactus on the beach
Beach
Beach
More beach
More beach
Look, theres something to lift!
Look, there's something to lift!
Paul being a boy
Paul being a boy
Beach in the sun
Beach in the sun
Red mangroves - check out the root…
Red mangroves - check out the roo…
Red mangroves
Red mangroves
More beach
More beach
More beach
More beach
More beach
More beach
Paul exploring the exciting world …
Paul exploring the exciting world…
Egad!
Egad!
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