9th day, 12th August Still in Portugal
12.08.2012 - 12.08.2012 28 °C
Happy birthday to my baby, baby bro! Missing you loads, especially on your special day. Hope you have a great day and are spoiled rotten. Avoid oversized bear feet and day glow wear and you should have a goodin'.
Due to the disaster of Dan not reaching surf yesterday we decided not to risk anything and headed off early in the hope to beat the crowd and the heat of the sun. It worked. It's Sunday and before 10am so we drive right down to the beach and get ready. Only snag is that I notice a sign saying no dogs! Luckily the van is well shaded by the cliff we have parked next to so we leave the windows open and go for a quick paddle.
Sandy beach and hardly anyone around at Lagua beach which is where the largest ever wave was surfed. High standards that we have no intention of trying to meet. The waves are shore dumping a little but about 5'-6'. We even saw some tubes. Dan is quick to get in the water and the kids and I get stuck into making a sand boat and a village.
The water is chilly but it's a real workout just trying to get out there with our long boards so just as well the water keeps us cool. Dan managed to stand and rode several in but I spent more time under the board then on it.
I chatted to a local who said that the beach further down would be better for our boards. We watched him show us how it's really done and then we headed off to collect our young Bodhi.
All showered and feeling fresh we spend time catching up with our blog and chatting to Mum and Dad who fly in tomorrow. Antony wasn't in when we called but we left a garbled rendition of happy birthday on the answer phone. Bonus chat with the other brother and then off for tea.
Another great cook off from Grill Sargent Dan. This time mini jacket potatoes with sausages and chicken with beans. Fresh bread, yum yum. Bodhi loved it all as well. The Dutch family next door moved on today so no extra food for him tonight.
A we pack away dinner and prepare the pitch for leaving tomorrow we all stop to admire the blue green light as the sun sets. We will miss it. Stunning view. Would love to come back here in convoy with Claire and Steve and co. I think there is a lot more to do here if we had the time.
Our night time walks still attract a lot of attention. Bodhi is the biggest dog we've seen on the trip and there are only few large dogs around. We saw a guard dog that was large but no pet dogs his size. There is a lot of staring at him but mostly through interest. A lot will come up to see if they can say hello or Hola.
While the kids watch the smurfs we plot out tomorrow and know a big drive will be happening as the next site is nearly seven hours away just below Cadiz in Spain. We have enjoyed Portugal but we prefer Spain so we will meet Mum and Dad there for a few nights and maybe get a day trip to Gibraltar and maybe Seville.