Tea growing near Pu Mat National Park at Con Cuong, Vietnam.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Con Cuong (Pu Mat National Park), Vietnam.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Ninh Binh, Vietnam.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Playa Ventura (day 2)

We actually slept in this morning…didn’t get up until almost 7:30am. It’s funny, you would think the noise from the waves crashing in would bother you trying to sleep, but I think it actually helps me sleep. I was out like a light last night.

We took Whiskey for a walk down the beach, and then Ruth and I went for a bike ride. The road we are on has been paved since we were here two years ago, and it’s nice and flat for a bike ride, and there’s very little traffic. There’s a small naval base near the end of the paved section. It seems odd, but they don’t have any boats. We think they are actually marines, and that most of their job here is protecting the turtles. There are a few empty lots for sale along this stretch of beach and it would sure be a nice spot to build a little shack to live in.

We spent most of the afternoon sitting reading and overlooking the ocean. I spend a lot of time just looking, with binoculars ready, trying to spot any sea life. Today was a pretty good day for that, we saw six dolphins very close to shore, and also spotted three or four large whales playing way out in the distance. With the binoculars, we could see them come right out of the water a couple of times, it was really something…I wish they were a little closer.

The other excitement of the day was when a little Ranger pickup truck belonging to one of the group of young people camping here, got stuck in the sand in our parking lot. That was actually the problem, he had tried to park outside of what I would have called the parking area. The more they tried to get it out, the more they spun the tires and dug themselves deeper.

One of the girls spoke a little English and came over asking if I could pull them out with the motorhome. I wasn’t about to do that, but I said I could try and help if she would translate my instructions a little bit. With many years experience driving in the snow, and helping drivers stuck in the snow, this wasn’t much different. I got some of the 2x6 boards I use for leveling Sherman, and got them set up. Even then, I couldn’t get the people helping to do what I was trying to tell them to do. Meanwhile, two of the guys had driven down to the Naval base to see if a truck would come and pull them out, so we were a bit short handed and weren’t able to get the truck moving.

Sure enough, a truck with six or seven big military guys with rifles in hand and wearing bulletproof vests showed up. These big guys only needed about two minutes, and we had the truck pushed up out of the sand!

Watched another hour of Lonesome Dove this evening. It was a four hour miniseries, so it will take a few nights to finish it.

Happy Birthday to my sister Alison! Sorry we weren’t near a telephone or internet for you, so the wishes will end up being belated…but we did think of you!


  1. Boy I'll bet those kids were glad the Marines landed, I think like you too that the Mexican Navy has more Marines than actual Sailors, I think their Navy is mostly some American destroyers and a lot of coastal patrol boats. The navy seems to be really involved in the interdiction of the cartels, a dangerous job indeed.Glad to see you are still at the beach and having fun. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  2. Whale and dolphin watching...how great was that!!

    Sounds like a perfect spot to buy some land.

  3. Hey Ruth and Kevin--

    Just wanted you to know that we took your advice and this is our second day of snorkeling in Playa Entrega. It is incredible and beautiful. I even took bananas with us, and I think the school of fish that ate them on the way out remembered us when we came in to shore. It scared me a little, but you have to remember that I didn't grow up around oceans or water. Amazing reefs and fish...a whole new world out there.

    We send our love and hope all is well as you travel.

    Tracy and Jim

  4. Always nice to use your knowledge of how to get out of sand (or snow) for a great purpose!
    I would not have pulled it out with the motorhome either, never know what sort of damage you could do!

    the bike ride makes me so jealous, would have loved to do that today, but it's -20 here today (yikes) again.

    Oh well, what more can you expect from winter in Canada I suppose!

    Two showings on the house today, just listed this morning on MLS!!! Hope to get some action soon!


  5. Sam and Donna...Yep, they were happy to have them there to help. I think the Marines enjoyed having something to do. Definitely didn't see any boats by their small base. I think they are there more for security and as Kevin mentioned to protect the sea turtles and their eggs.

    Karen and Al...It was sure great watching those whales playing way out there. The dolphins were neat too, but all they did was swim by.

    Tracy and Jim...So glad that you went to Playa La Entrega. I think it has to be the best snorkelling in Mexico, that we have seen. Definitely lots of variety in fish and coral. Please keep in touch, we so enjoyed our time with you. Thank you once again for everything!

    Chuck and Anneke...It was a wonderful day.

    WBY...Not only the damage that could have been done, but it wasn't easy getting in and set up so there was no way we were moving Sherman until we had to leave. Good luck with the house!!

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey

  6. What an exciting day in your paradise! See, you can't be laying on beaches in the sun all the time.
    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  7. Karen and Steve...Nope it can't. Sure did have a good laugh at their expense though. Kevin couldn't believe how deep they had dug themselves in and no clue on how to get out. They would just keep spinning the tire which would just dig them in deeper. Those marines had them out in no time.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey


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