Day 2 in the Tropics
Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
11Trip End Oct 12, 2009
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So anyways I had a nice lazy morning getting ready because I knew my friends would not be there until 11:00 a.m. at the earliest. I ventured outside for about 30 seconds but I gotta tell you I am not a fearful person but I just did not feel comfortable wandering around outside. I waited in the lobby for about an hour then I saw them drive up in our rental car. I happened to glance up after sitting there for a long time and realized that there was no attached roof to this hotel. It was the weirdest thing. They have these walls that are about 12 feet high and then they have these really high roofs but they are not attached so you are sitting in the lobby of this hotel with the outside air blowing all around you.
I was greeted by a carful of three grumpy people who had been driving around for an hour trying to find me. And of course having the pleasure of driving around in such a lovely part of town made them even more cheerful. We hit the road and about ten miles into the drive pulled off the freeway to get some lunch. It was a really cool place. There were all of these ladies making the food out in the open. We got to have this authentic Costa Rican food and I had some sort of fruit drink that I couldn't read on the menu but I just guessed might taste good. This building was the same as my hotel with walls and no attached roof. I soon discovered after several hours of driving through the country that every restaurant is out in the open like this. We had a five hour drive to get to our resort and this was a major reality check that this is definitely a third world country. Every house we passed the entire trip would be considered a shack by anof us living in the States. We are such an extremely wealthy country.
So we finally make it to the resort and it is so strange because this hotel lobby is totally out in the open also with very few walls and no one in this big lobby but us. They take us to our little bungalow which is upstairs and we have quickly learned that the way you get around in this resort is to have one of the many golf carts come pick you up. We end up having a lovely dinner in one of the restaurants with a saxophone player walking around and serenading us.
Lynn and I snuck into the swimming pool tonight after it was closed. We didn’t have to climb any fences or anything like Mary and I did in Calistoga though. This pool is gigantic with all of these little thatched cover giant umbrellas that sit over the chairs along the side and all the beatiful tropical foliage. It was really great to have this gigantic pool all to ourselves. Earlier we had been admiring a raccoon in the pathway and one of the resort guys had told us about this other animal that we would probably see around that looks like a raccoon. Well, sure enough as we were swimming this animal that looks like a giant rodent and is bigger than my fifteen pound dog is running around the perimeter of the pool. I think it is cool to see him but really don’t want him to jump in the pool with us. Then Lynn realizes that she had food in the pocket of her shorts that we had lying by the side of the pool so we tried to swim over and beat the rodent so he would not get into it. Well, we didn’t beat him but fortunately he did not get into her food. Now Lynn and I are sitting on our upstairs balcony at midnight ordering the free room service (yes we have been taking full advantage of the all inclusive portion) and feeding some cats that have found their way up to us. It’s a rough life……
So that was a little lively, as I was finishing up typing this I hear the cat on the chair next to me growling. I look down and to my horror see a raccoon about two inches from my feet running around on our patio. Yes, I quickly made it inside and now I am watching him paw through all of our things.
Oh and here is the website for the resort we are staying at. http://www.paradisus-playa-conchal.com/