One day we went to a great national park, which is very dry now so it was a bit strange as
a park. After an hour’s drive along the coast, we drove on a short dirt road, and from the
end of it there was a short walk to a beautiful bay and beach where you could easily swim and also hike to other beaches. The other beaches were all pretty wild looking, very beautiful. This was trip with several of the kids plus two of the other adults, who by then had become our best friends!
It was a fun time and a sunny break from Montanita’s clouds. On the way back the vans stopped at an amazing desert spot.
We had this amazing ‘cake’ which was some kind of very creamy, but delicious treat. Perhaps it was a very light cheese cake. Dan thinks he could start a business selling that cake if he could get the recipe. It was at a hole in the wall place where we would never know to stop. After the cake, the driver surprised us by pulling off the highway onto the beach.
We cruised along the beach at 50 kmph for almost 10 kilometers.
Almost every market here is a hole in the wall place. You just have to know where to go, which means finding out from other people. One such store in Montanita is called “Walmart”. They call it Walmart because it seems to have everything. It’s tiny, dark, crowded and packed with stuff. Sure enough if you can’t find something miscellaneous like batteries or spoons at another tienda, you ask for it at Walmart. The guy at the counter locates it every time!