So if it rains today, I'll find out if the roof still leaks. If it doesn't rain, the roof will get tested when I'm up in Arizona. Hopefully.
Last night the town got sprayed for mosquitoes. This morning they're worse than ever. It's hurricane season.
This part of the Sea of Cortez does not normally take direct hits from hurricanes. The last hurricane to slam Kino was Lester in 1992. When I first got here I remember the shell and sausage lady telling me that she stocked her shell shop from Hurricane Lester (not the sausages). The other night a man talked about living in a house on the beach when Lester hit. He described how frightening it was. He said it was too dangerous to leave the house because of all the cement blocks and roofing materials flying through the air so they had to stay indoors and pray the house could withstand the crashing waves.
Now he lives at this end of the beach. I told him that after Hurricane Henriette I found the best shells in front of his house. Some were painted blue. After his house got swamped by humongous waves he threw out shells he'd collected over the years. Some he let local kids paint blue.
Even though hurricanes don't normally come this far up the Gulf of California, we do often feel their impact.
|Islandia seen from the water. Notice the sea wall, the people at the top of the stairs.|
|Waves crash over the wall, even over the palapas.|
|The sea reaches the top of the stairs..|
|...and comes crashing through.|
|Water surges up the boat ramp and into the park.|
|Islandia after the storm.|