Days 3 - 4... To the Beach! By Carolyn Sauck

Trip Start Nov 28, 2007
Trip End Feb 15, 2008

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Monday, December 3, 2007

After a 3.5 hour drive from the city, we arrived in Picinguaba right at sunset and took some great photos over the Atlantic.

On the walk from the village to the beach house (up about 50 steps), we ran into some local boys who offered to help us carry our bags... Turns out they charged R$2 or US$1 per trip, whether they carried a bag with tennis shoes or a 50 lb back pack upside down.  Anyway...

There is a main house on the hill, and a guest suite a little higher up the hill.  Erin was surprised by the fact that the doors and windows remained open most of the day with no screens.  The yard was complete with papaya, avocado, and banana trees.

We tried to go for a quick run before dark to begin our NZ rugby training program, but it got dark quicker than expected, so we had to cut the run short (mainly because Erin was afraid of the "jungle animals" that could have run out from the Atlantic forest on either side of the road)...  I was ready to keep going, Herb!  We headed back, ate dinner, and called it an early night.

Saturday morning we walked from the sleepy fishing village of Picinguaba to Praia da Fazenda, the nearest beach... a "short" walk up and down a giant hill (you can tell how high we were from the sunset photo above), down a trail, through a soccer field, down a smaller trail, and a wade across a waist high 40 ft. Atlantic channel).  Erin and I walked all the way down and back the 4 km beach, running into no more than 20 people along the way.  We stopped to swim and cool off in the ocean a few times and to watch a couple of surfers attempt to catch some waves.  Erin was very impressed by the plethora of speedos, worn by men young, old, skinny, fat, hairy, and more hairy.

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. 

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csauck on

Nice Pics!
Wow, you guys reall wasted no time in SP. I'm glad you got out to the beach. Beautiful pics. You guys look soooooo happy!

Take care,

socks81 on

Hey guys, i'm sitting here at work on a monday with it 32 deg F outside, the snow blowing. sure is nice to see your warm sunny pics. Looks like fun. Have a great time.

hock069 on

I don't even know what to say. It looks like an awesome time. It will be fun to watch the progression of you both getting fit! Miss you love you. Moosey

juliakious on

Culture shock....
isn't too shocking when you get into a mall at christmas time and get to see angelina jolie half naked! feels like home! i love it! otherwise, your travels look fabulous...i would kill for sand in my shoes rather than snow, but hey, its all good! it looks like you guys are having a great time, what with drinking at gas stations and going on beach runs! carolyn, please say hello to all those friends and family i got to meet and introduce me to erin (say nice things!) and keep the stories and photos coming!

reich on

Glad all are safe
Looks like fun and adventure. Keep up the training.

Try to avoid spiders, snakes, flesh eating fish & insects and lethal-dart-blowing natives.


snowblows on

i could barely hear you...i want to see yer brazilian..waxxx

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