As you throw your towel down on the sand, anticipating a loose and relaxing afternoon in the sun on one of San Felipe's blonde beaches, cast your gaze eastward and you'll likely witness one of the many masks of Isla Consag, the 296 foot guano-covered rock that rises out of the sea twenty two miles off the town's shoreline.
The island seems to have more disguises than Lon Chaney, more impressions than Rich Little. Atmospheric tricks keep the rock in a perpetual morphic dance, at one instant showing its circus midget stature while an hour later it looms out of the sea like an NBA star. The next day it draws a mantle of mysticism around itself and appears as a floating city in the sky. Then the following week it seems content to be, for a while, simply itself. A furrowed rock edifice, crusted white with bird droppings.
September 13th, 2012
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