2nd December 2011 ‘The Strip’

As the weather has improved we ventured along the narrow stretch of land they call “The Strip” – 18 km of land that forms the Mar Menor (the little sea, that looks like a lake and is fantastic for wind/kite surfing)

Along the way there are marker points advising you of how far you’ve come and the attractions within that kilometre.  At the moment it seems very quiet, almost a ghost town in some places but we guess it will be absolutely heaving in the summer.

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After the 18km marker, you then have to go over a very steep bridge to get to the end which becomes a type of roundabout with clusters of houses all around. Below is a picture of the bridge but I had to run up it and check that is was a complete bridge, as from the other side it could quite easily be something that plunged into the sea!  Then Dean rode over it and off we went exploring again.

There are large salinas (salt marshes) around the edges and you have no protection from the wind.  The picture below (right) that advertises a new development being built gives a better idea of the area. 

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Although the strip of land is heavily built upon, you are able to glimpse some of the natural beauty of the place.  Views out to sea with boats moored, quietly bobbing about in the calm waters.  It would have been really beautiful if it had been left alone…but then we wouldn’t have come so every cloud!

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About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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