View from our sixth floor apartment patio in Pogradec, Albania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Pogradec, Albania .

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Gjyrokaster, Albania on October 6th.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Playa Zicatela (day 5)

It’s our last day here at Playa Zicatela, and Alex and I wanted to spend it on the beach. So we got walked down there fairly early (around 10:00am) and paid the 100 pesos ($8.33) for the nice lounge chairs and umbrella.

Personally, I never get tired of watching things going on at the ocean. I can sit there for hours, just looking around. The waves crashing in, people playing in the water, watching for whales or dolphins…I even have a hard time trying to get any reading done because I’m constantly looking up and seeing what’s going on.

Getting set up for a day at the beach. Notice how Whiskey has already dug herself a cool hole in the sand underneath Alex's lounger.

Around noon, I spotted some whales in the distance. Alex was playing in the waves, so I pointed them out to Ruth. They got closer and closer until other people started noticing them as well. Alex even noticed them while in the water. I ran back to Sherman to get the binoculars, and by the time I got back to the beach pretty much everbody had stopped what they were doing and were watching the three whales. We felt pretty lucky to have the binoculars and we had some pretty good views of them as they passed by. This beach is in a bit of a bay and I never thought the whales would have come that close.

Ruth took off after lunch to go spend some more time with Mary and her family. Alex and I stayed on the beach and played backgammon. We both got a little too much sun, but I don’t think mine is very bad. We had stayed in the shade most of the day, but we’ve learned before that the sun can still reflect back at you off the sand.

Had another little nap around dinner time. My throat is still a little sore when I swallow -but otherwise I felt not bad today. A cold does tend to last 7 to 10 days, and this one is just running it’s course I guess!

We’re hoping to move on tomorrow to Huatulco, and the only thing that might stop us is getting out from where we are parked! There are quite a few other parked cars around but hopefully things will be pretty clear around 8:00am when we want to leave.


  1. always really cool getting to seethe whales... what majestic creatures.

  2. Seeing the whales is something to remember, you are very fortunate! Thanks Kevin for the good tip. It took some doing, but I made it work.


  3. Wow great whale watching adventure!

    Stay safe!


  4. heyduke50...They sure are. Three years ago we took a boat out to see the whales when we were in Cabo San Lucas in Baja California. It was pretty incredible being so close to them.

    John and Ellen...You are so right, we were happy that Alex was able to get such a good look at them. Glad to help any time!


    Chuch and Anneke...You bet it is.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey

  5. What a great way to bring in the new year!

  6. Hope you are back on the mend soon... at least you have a nice beach to feel sick at, lay in the sun and bake it outta you---- instead of frozen snow and cold, right?

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  7. Randy and Pam...It sure is, thanks!

    Karen and Steve...You have that right. Rather be sick in the warm weather than healthy in the cold. He is feeling much better now. Thanks.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey


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