12th December 2011 Salinas

Over the weekend we’d walked further along the Mar Menor where we discovered an Observation Point out to the salinas (salt marshes).  It’s only about half an hour walk from the campsite and they have created a boardwalk towards the end so you’re not walking along the beach. 

Today we decided to go exploring and our first port of call was the above salinas as we wanted to catch on camera the Flamingos.  There are about six to eight of them and their colouring is beautiful.

 

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Then we rode into Cabo de Palos using the back roads (usually you ride in on the sliproad that runs parallel with the dual carriageway – very safe but not the prettiest route) and went down to the harbour.  It is a lovely place to just go, sit and watch the sea.  There are quite a few restaurants and cafe bars along the harbour of varying menus and prices so there is something there for everyone.

 

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Along with the fishing boats using the harbour to land their catch, there is invariably a fisherman on shore quietly going about the serious business of trying to catch their dinner!  The chap there this day had come on a very fine motorbike of the Harley Davidson persuasion – very nice!

Having called in at the local supermarket in Cabo de Palos we returned home the same way, with views looking out across the sun-kissed Mar Menor.

 

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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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