Costa Rica Part 2

Trip Start Dec 11, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Puntarenas,
Saturday, February 2, 2013

We're still having a blast here ... as we said, staying in between Dominical and Uvita on the Pacific Coast. Almost every day we stop in, even for a few minutes, at one of the dozens of beautiful beaches along this coast. The sand isn't white like Playa del Carmen area, it's more brown. And the surf stirs up the sand so it isn't clear water til out beyond the surf. But there are many miles of gorgeous waves and endless sky. 

 We haven't spent tons of time on the beach though, as it's very hot. Every 
day has been between 30 and 35C, before the 'heat factor'. Today we met Floriez, a lady from Central Valley, which is in the interior near the volcanoes and Lake Arenal. She moved here last year to the coast and is having a hard time adjusting. She says it is between 19 and 27 there. We would probably like that better. It's interesting though, that even the locals are saying how VERY hot it is here now. I don't feel half as much of a wimp now, while I am busy wiping the sweat off my face every 5 minutes. The locals do it too:-)  We asked Liz, who owns Cafe del Mar where we had lunch, what it was like in July and August. She says it is the same. We met Liz last week at the grocery store.... she gave us her card and said to come to her cafe... her 10 year old daughter "runs" it with her, and what a serious little sweetheart. She could likely run the place herself! She was running around adjusting tablecloths, moving the signage, filling napkins, and all the while writing in a notebook... presumably what was needed, and checking up on the cook too!

Today when we got back from lunch at Liz's, we were on the deck and another couple of monkeys came through our yard. We don't think these were the white faced ones... they were a bit bigger and only two. White faced usually travel in groups of 15-20.  We also saw a large group of toucans close by today... first toucans we've seen. There are loads of birds and butterflies, but t's hard to always see them for the jungle. We've seen bright red birds and bright blue ones, many hummingbirds, and so many kinds of butterflies we can't count them. The howler monkeys also come around every morning although we haven't seen one yet. Really, you should google those guys! They have the loudest voice, and they really do howl, usually just before dawn and then sporadically through the day. 

The other day we went back to the swimming pool at Villas Rio Mar where we stayed the first night here. We paid our $10 to go hang out in the pool for the afternoon. Started chatting with Eileen and her daughter Katie who are from Ohio. Eileen has been coming to this same resort for close to 10 years. Katie finally came with her this year, and got to meet the 4 Crazy Texan Sisters and One Husband. They have also been coming to this same resort for ages. We had such a good afternoon with all of them:-)  The 4 sisters, Helen, Erna, Dixie and Jessie are what I aspire to be like in 10 years or so! They say many of the staff here have been here for years, which really says something about the resort. They waved at "Flash", as he went by... the story goes that a few years back, they arrived and were at their room, when a young hottie appeared at their door saying he needed to come in their room. None of them knew who he was so there was some resistance. Until he finally managed to explain that he'd been doing some work in their room and had forgotten his flashlight in the bathroom. He's been Flash, ever since, to them:-)  He's still Hot, just so you know:-)

 Yesterday we found another resort with a pool... Cristal Ballena. It's just about 15 km down the road and up a big hill. It's impossible to see from the road. So many places are... if you only went down the highway you'd say it was amazing here, but once you get off the road, wow! We just decided to go up for a look. It's a beautiful resort hotel with an infinity pool that overlooks the valley and off to the ocean. On the other side are higher mountains yet! We just had a drink and enjoyed the view, and asked if we could pay to come here for an afternoon, as non-hotel guests. It sounds like there is no charge to come here, and Millie, our landlady, told us much the same thing today. There are lots of resorts that welcome the public on a day basis. 

It's approaching sunset just now; just a bit after 5PM. By 5:45 the sun will have gone down (usually bright orangish red) and by 6 it will be pitch dark.

Next week we are thinking of taking a 3 day drive up into Central Valley and around the Nicoya Peninsula and then back on the ferry to our area. It's supposed to be amazing up in the valley. Lake Arenal is surrounded by volcanoes and coffee plantations and National Parks. There's loads of natural hot springs there too. We're looking forward to seeing that and taking a break from the heat for a few days.

And on the 22nd, we hope to connect with Jack and Karen from Mortlach, when their cruise ship docks in Limon for the day. 

I've been catching up on my IIN classes, finally. Wrote my first test last Sunday and got 97%. It's really nice to be caught up! Tomorrow Clayton will watch the SuperBowl while I do some more studying. 

Really, there is never a dull moment around here:-) 

Photos REALLY are coming, we promise! Maybe tomorrow?

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