Days 3 - 4... To the Beach! By Carolyn Sauck
Trip Start Nov 28, 2007
23Trip End Feb 15, 2008
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Saturday morning we walked from the sleepy fishing village of Picinguaba to Praia da Fazenda,
We ate lunch at a beach-front bar (fried calamari and fish, both fresh from the Atlantic and 3 Brahmas, the Brazilian Bud Light).
A quick nap and very hilly telephone pole intervals (in the daylight this time) followed.
While relaxing on the front porch hammocks that evening, Erin suddenly froze mid-sentence. She had spotted a giant black spider. After the initial shock, she threw her legs up into my hammock, mind you, the spider was nearly 8 feet away and not moving an inch. Erin was really excited, and she wanted to watch its behavior to see how quick it was. She tried throwing a candy wrapper at it, but it didn't budge. While she was deciding her next move, Rejane stepped outside and non-chalantely stomped on it with her Croc. A weird stink filled the air and Erin is still convinced it was poisonious!
Sleeping that night was not easy, considering a live band started playing down on the beach at about 10 PM and the sound carries right up the hill! Erin heard dogs barking (think "all dog alert" from 101 Dalmations) somewhere in town in the middle of the night. She also mentioned that she heard a woman screaming or singing at about 4 am... she had figured some locals may have drank too much down at the beach. After I woke up around 7:30 (Erin woke me up for an early morning run), she heard the "scream" again. Turn's out Erin isn't too farm-saavy... the "screams" were actually roosters crowing at dawn.
After our 8 km run (down and back on the Praia da Fazenda), we had breakfast and paid a local fisherman to take us to Ilha das Coves, a 10-minute motor boat ride away.
We spent a couple of hours having fun on the beach,
ignoring the 15 oogling speedo clad men, having a "boys day at the beach" who yelled "look at the mermaids" as we jumped in the water.
Back at Picinguaba, we had a late lunch and hit the road back to Sao Paulo.