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El Palmer surf and bar-b -q

Day 13. August 16th still above Cadiz.

sunny 29 °C

Last full day with Mum and Dad. We opt for a slow day as we all woke up late anyway. We have chosen to go to the beach today as it gives Dan and I a chance to surf together for the only time this trip and maybe the last surf anyway as we are heading away from the Atlantic and towards the Med from now on.

We need to restock the camper and get the van up together for the big drive tomorrow to Cartegena. Mum and Dad help me to restock water and empty the old. Slight cock up occurs when the stopper from the water waste tank gets flushed away down the pipe. Using various implements we struggle in vain to pull it back up the pipe but it's gone. Our hands are too big and Ethan seems to be uninterested in sticking his hand down for it? Dan tries a fix it job but not this time Mr Gadget. No bottle top fits so we will have to get sorted. Not having somewhere to drain the sinks will be a pain if we can't sort it out. Dad successfully fills the water tank with no issues. Once again Mum is unamused with our jokes about the loss of such a vital if small piece of equipment in her vicinity.

Dad and Mum take the kids in what turns out to be an interesting food shop while Dan and I empty the van and Hoover it out. Sort out beach gear and generally get things up together. The food gathers return. It turns out they picked the same time to shop that pretty much the entire surrounding village. Chaos and noise.

By the time we were on our way, nearly 5pm , we all pretty hot and bothered. We visited several beaches but either there was no surf or no dogs allowed. Eventually we pulled into El Palmer and were told by a local with very good English that all the beaches say no dogs but there will be loads down there. Ignore the signs, "welcome to Spain".

Staying away from the coast guard and at the back of the beach we set Bodhi and Dad up in a tent, for a bit of quiet time. We then head into FUN. Water was warm, waves were friendly and fast. Kids even ended up bodysurfing! All four of us got to play in the water together. Mum got to to play sand castles with the grand kids while Dan and I caught some waves together and Grandad got peace and quiet! Perfect.

Another Sunset saw us safely home to base. All showered and fresh; a very hot night still meant the 10pm meal was fine. A great barby again and pizza. We treated ourselves to a bag of ice. Good call. First real cold drink all day.

Honey rum. Good night.

Posted by fordcrew 09:23 Archived in Spain

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