Salinas

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We did a short little morning hop down to Salinas.
Because the entrance angles northward, approaching from the east makes it a little difficult to see inside the harbour.
As soon as you round the point, it becomes apparent why many people stay here all hurricane season. It's not too crowded, good protection, shallow bottom with good holding and clean water.
View looking north.
View looking north west.
View westward toward the Marina de Salinas. There are Manatee speed limit postings here, and guess what? There are manatees here.
Kris and Bill of "Cat Sass" have noticed two manatees cavorting lasciviously inside the Marina basin.
Manatees take hours enjoying sexual foreplay.  Kris is taking notes on techniques that make the "Magic Moments" last and last.
Eventually the union is complete, the merry couple swim away bubbling sweet nothings to each other.
The gateway to town is the dinghy dock provided by "Marinas de Salinas."  They have gas, diesel and water on the dock, but getting a big boat in here is a challenge.  There is also a clean efficient Laundromat on the premises too.
MdS has a great outdoor patio bar and eatery; right next door is their Dining Club.  This is the best spot in Salinas for being treated right.  The food is consistently good, there are no dogs running around inside the building and you don't have a parrot screaming in your ears.
There is a fairly consistent movement of traffic in and out of the harbour.  The locals love their boats and large or small ply the waters with relish and abandon.
Now and again, we are treated to rafters and kayakers.
There is a determined group who spend time training the young people in matters of Boater Safety. You don't have to speak Spanish to appreciate the fun time being had by the students.
We have not traveled very far inland because a car is necessary.  The short trips taken with friends are always interesting.
A quick side trip into San Juan.
We just had to stop and see this beautiful old giant.
We noticed many oil refineries on our trips, but most are closed. When Venezuelan oil was cheap it was Boom times.
With shifting economics, it's now Bust. Most are just mothballed, but a few are being used as oil storage depots for domestic consumption.
All are falling apart from lack of maintenance.
Speaking of maintenance projects, here's a treat.