Saturday, March 21, 2015
uncircling the wagons
I write a lot about the cycles of my community.
We are entering another one. Most of the northerners have already packed up and headed north. Mainly Canadians in these parts.
I ran into a group of them today. They were wrestling their motor homes and fifth-wheelers into position to return to the Land of the Red Maple Leaf. They reminded me less of visitors to Mexico than transportation extras from an old television series. I could almost hear a modern day Ward Bond call out: "Wagons ho! Eh?"
This is a shoulder week. Our town was filled for last week-end's three-day holiday with visitors reveling in the bacchanal that is St. Patrick's Day. Unfortunately, our unseasonal rains kept them off the beaches.
The photograph is of Friday night's beach. The weather was great. But the crowds are gone.
Not for long. By the end of the month the Mexican tourists will be back on the beach in full force for semana santa -- Easter holy week.
Our streets, our beaches, our stores, our hotels, our restaurants, our grocery stores -- all will be filled with people from the interior of Mexico who equate Easter with a time for the full family to gather and fill their swimsuits with grit and brine. It is one of my favorite times of the year.
Until the crowds re-emerge, I am going to enjoy the bucolic pleasures of the calm before the storm.
And I hope that mentioning "storm" will not wake up the rain god who seems to believe we need more moisture. We don't.
If you want to enjoy the warm pleasures of the beach, you have about ten days to do it.