We had a bit of an adventure getting to land, as the boat transporting us got stranded on a sandbar as we neared the dock. (We travel to the beach on an inland waterway and walk across a narrow peninsula to the beachhouse on the ocean beach area.) The boat driver tried to get the engine free and only succeeded in getting the propeller further mired down. So the locals came out with their pirogues and ferryed our group into the dock. It was a little nervewracking, as the canoes were quite unsteady. I was sure we were going to tip over and my camera would be destroyed. Of course, I was more worried about the baby in the car seat and her 4-year old sister who were also on our canoe. Gratefully, we made it to shore without incident. But it's made me a little more worried about the outing we will soon take to a remote village festival where we have an hour on a pirogue ride. I'm going to put the camera in a zip-lock bag and hope for the best.
Down the beach a bit from the Total complex were the ruins of a couple of ships. These were different shipwrecks from our first visit to a shipwreck site in Nigeria.
As I looked at these rusting hulls and recalled all the other broken down ships in the water we passed around the port on the ride to the beach area, it made me frustrated that no one comes and cleans up their own mess. I would think that with the price of iron that the salvage costs might come with some reward. I wish boat owners would be required to get rid of their broken-down ships. Our boat was very quickly freed from the sand undamaged after the load was lightened when the passengers were ferryed to shore. I've found a lot of good things in Nigeria. But I really wish they would start the good thing of cleaning up their garbage!