No real sign of Autumn here yet. We did have a day of rain showers last week though. That was a slightly strange experience given that it’s the first we’ve seen since mid May.
It was a bit of a shame as it was the last day of the holiday for some surprise visitors.
Our good friend and Gleda’s third crewmember Jake came over for a short break with his girlfriend Lucie.
We hadn’t seen Jake since he left us in Camariñas back in June last year after he’d spent 3 weeks crewing for us from Alderney and across Biscay. It was great to have them both aboard and to see their shared enthusiasm for adventure. I just know that they’ll be following in our wake soon.
Barefoot Boat Bums Together Again
Of course it hasn’t rained since they left, in fact the weather has been glorious. It may be October but for us it’s still Summer. So, to make the most of it we, and some of the other liveaboards here decided to have an afternoon at the nearest beach, Cala Cortina.
It’s a good walk of about 45 minutes that takes you past the fishing port and container terminal out towards the Escombreras commercial docks. It’s the working end of town and, as you might expect, not particularly scenic. But even here Cartagena continued to surprise. Beautiful themed street art brightened our path.
A statute of St Peter guarded the fishing boats
A beautiful mosaic nearby
A lovely church just off the road
An old mining crane, now a memorial.
Cala Cortina was worth the walk. The beach is fine shingle and the shallow bay is surrounded with rocks that make for excellent snorkelling. It’s the first time I’ve snorkelled in such clear water with so many fishes. That said it was a shame to see small amounts of plastic and litter in amongst the rocks. I guess the lack of tide and proximity of the city and docks have much to do with it and we’ve seen much worse. But it was a sad reminder that we’re slowly but surely ruining our environment with seemingly unstoppable momentum.
On the walk back I shot this short video. It should give you a better idea of where we are.