Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Big Surprise At Nude Beach / Gran Sorpresa En La Playa Nudista

The Spanish version is below the first photo.
La versión español está debajo de la primera foto.


A couple of weeks ago during another few days of unusually stormy weather, we were told about a "huge oil rig" that had crashed off the coast of Benalmádena, the city east of us. We soon learned that it wasn't an "oil rig" but a floating port construction platform. It was being towed by sea from Cartagena (4-1/2 hours east if one were to drive) to Cádiz (2-1/2 hours west) when the rough seas and gale-force winds caused the steel towing cables to break.

Maritime Rescue helped guide it away from the rocks and it ended up grounded for a while at a local nude beach — 'barely' escaping disaster.

I saw the platform from our terrace Monday afternoon continuing on its journey. Although it seemed to be stalled off the coast and going in circles for a while, it eventually headed off into deeper waters.


FROM THE TV NEWS.
DE LAS NOTICIAS DE TELEVISIÓN.

Dos semanas atrás, durante otros días de inusuales tormentas, nos hablaron de una "enorme plataforma petrolífera" que se había estrellado en la costa de Benalmádena, la ciudad al este. Pronto nos dimos cuenta de que no era una "plataforma petrolera" sino una plataforma flotante de construcción portuaria. Estaba siendo remolcado por vía marítima desde Cartagena (4-1/2 horas al este si se iba a conducir) hasta Cádiz (2-1/2 horas al oeste) cuando los fuertes vientos de mar y de viento provocaron la ruptura de los cables de acero. SASEMAR ayudó a dirigido lejos de las rocas de una ensenada cercana.. Terminó sólo a la vista de la playa nudista local — así, "apenas" escapó de desastre.

Vi la plataforma desde nuestra terraza el lunes por la tarde continuando su viaje. A pesar de que parecía estar estancado en la costa y en círculos durante un tiempo, finalmente se dirigió a aguas más profundas.

GOING IN CIRCLES.
EN CIRCULOS.
I THOUGHT THEY HAD COME TO HELP. THEY WERE JUST THERE TO HANG OUT!
PENSÉ QUE LLEGAN A AYUDAR. ¡ESTABAN ALLÍ PARA PASAR EL RATO!


INTO THE DARKNESS.
ENTRANDO EN LA OSCURIDAD.

22 comments:

  1. Fascinating Mitch! What a great opportunity to witness this mammoth structure at the mercy of Mother Nature. At least one good thing came from this ~ the exact location of your nude beach. Oh, those were the days (for us, at Wreck Beach in Vancouver)!!

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    1. Ron:
      I would have loved to have seen it up close, but they asked people to stay away and I listened. I already knew the location of the nude beach and would be very happy there (it's so freeing and there's something surprisingly innocent about it), but I have beautiful beach right across the street so am don't relish the idea of driving to another one.

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    1. anne marie:
      I'm assuming it's now in Cádiz. Amazing.

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  3. You can see some intersting things at a nude beach.

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  4. When you said something huge, I was thinking maybe a hung Spaniard!!!!! That platform is huge, thank goodness it didn't crash into the shore or platform out over the water!!!!

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    1. mistress maddie:
      Oh, you can't see the Spaniards?!? I'll zoom in closer next time.

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  5. I cannot tell you how shocked I am with your obvious ploy to generate clicks with a sensational headline - I call "click bait" sir! "Click bait" I tells ya! (There is nothing more outraged than a man who was expecting afore suggested hung Spaniards and is then confronted with a mechanical erection!)

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    1. Willym:
      I never really worry about clicks, but I do like to make loyal readers wonder what the hell I'm up to now. But so sorry I misled you. I'm sure there was a hung Spaniard (or four) on that boat!

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  6. It is obvious that the 'floating platform' wanted to get closer for a better look at things!! lol

    Great photos here,sir! You are having WAY too much fun!!

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    1. Jim:
      I think it was really kind of Maritime Rescue to steer the thing directly to the nude beach.

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  7. That is ginormous. And kinda scary to see it washing up near the beach!

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    1. Bob:
      Apparently once Maritime Rescue arrived, they got it well under control, but it still would have been a scary sight to see.

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  8. The shot of the people ski/parasailing/whatever-it's-called instantly conjured an image from the 1960s of people water-skiing in a pyramid formation, carrying flags. And Jackie Gleason. How sweet it is!

    Oh, wait, this post was about something else...

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Oh, it's scary but I know exactly what you're talking about and I know have that old image in my head.

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  9. Hi Mitchell!
    I just read your last three posts--been a bit hectic around here. It's so nice to see the sunny sea!

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    1. Judy:
      It's always so good to see you. Your trip is fast approaching! So looking forward to reading and seeing what you experience. The sea was sunny, cloudy, sunny, rainy, and sunny again today.

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  10. You didn't run down to nude beach for close up pictures? Next time.

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    1. Travel:
      I would have (not) except, due to the weather, all I would have seen was that huge piece of equipment.

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  11. What a sight that must have been. How interesting.
    Take care Mitchell.
    Robin

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    1. Robin:
      I would have loved to have seen it from the beach in Benalmádena. But it was still pretty amazing to stand on our terrace and see it.

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