Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A la playa, a las montañas

Pat and I spent the weekend exploring some of El Salvador's vacation spots - first the beaches, where we found the Roca Sunzal, a rock oddly formed of composite materials that looks as though it should be demolished in about a day of battering by the tides, but has apparently been a landmark on its playa for a long, long time. This is not the beach season for Salvadorans (that's summer, which begins in another month), so most of the folk hanging around were surfers from Europe and the U.S.

The ocean is warm here - perhaps 80 degrees fahrenheit - very unlike the cold waters I've waded in on the coasts of Washington and Oregon. And it's hot and humid on the beach, especially at this very wet end of the rainy season. But who can resist a beach, especially one with black sand? it was great fun.

Then we headed for the mountains, not very far away, enjoying the cooler air and a string of charming towns called the Ruta de los Flores - the photo is from Concepcion de Ataco, a town famous for weaving and artesania, and for its beautiful Franciscan church.

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