Fog lingers across Reelfoot Lake and up to the cypress tree line in Tiptonville, TN on 2/1/20. Reelfoot formed in a series of major earthquakes in 1811-1812 when many locals said the Mississippi River ran backwards for a time. The 15,000-acre lake is known for some of the finest crappie fishing in the world and was the filming site for the movie US Marshals.
TOMORROW: The Top 10 Real Life People Who Shaped My Storytelling, and How.
Today, we visited Agua Blanca, a spring in the Machalilla National Park near Puerto Lopez.
Agua Blanca is a beautiful forest, wild animals everywhere and a type of sulfuric spring where people go to bath and cover themselves in mud that is believed to have some kind of anti-aging quality.
I already feel 25 again!
It’s been 45 days since my last haircut in the U.S. For me, that’s a long time.
Today, 6,000 miles from home, I found a new hair cut guy. He works from a bamboo shack, and his name is Antonio Delgado from Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.
All that style for only $5!
And I must say now, I’m too sexy for my hair!
How does a fair-skinned, blue-eyed gringo at his first Nawi Fest become the most popular guy on the Malecon?
Nawi Fest comes to Pto. Cayo, Ecuador once a year. What is Nawi Fest? Well, it’s the opening of a bar – and not a particularly extraordinary bar. It’s bamboo construction just like all the others on the beach, but for some reason when Nawi Bar opens each January, time stands still in Ecuador.
Nawi Bar opens around the third weekend of January each year, and remains open for six weeks, not necessarily every day, or even Monday through Friday, but it’s open sometimes, all the time, during that six weeks, and yes, it’s a big deal.
More precisely, this is what Nawi Bar is:
Beer, sun, beer, food, beer, dancing, beer, hard liquor, beer and more beer.
In my 47 years I’ve been to a Jimmy Buffet concert on the beach, Wrigley Field and Busch Stadium. I’ve even toured a Coors distillery in Denver and Anheiser-Busch in St. Louis, and I’ve never seen the quantity of beer that Nawi brings to Pto. Cayo on opening day.
A few photos from our first Nawi Fest…