Day 4 The Long Road to Guaitil

Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
Trip End Oct 12, 2009

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Guanacaste,
Monday, October 5, 2009

You know there is this magical thing about being on vacation. All of the sudden you are perfectly happy to just sit on the patio and watch the rain fall.  The most important thing you have to do all day is make it to your dinner reservation if you want it.  Although we have twenty-four hour room service for free here so that is pretty great.  Lynn and I broke down one time and ordered in at midnight. 

We started off the day with another leisurely get up and buffet breakfast.  Lynn and I decided to explore the countryside a little bit and go see some things she was interested in.  We started off and headed to Tamarindo which is about 20 minutes away and is a major surfer town.  It is one of the most developed places I have seen so far but this is all still definitely a third world country.  Lynn had read there were a lot of cute little shops there but that didn't really turn out to be the case so we headed to our next destination.  On the way we stopped for lunch at a place that advertised itself as "fast food".  It looked like the most promising place to get anything without having to wait the forty-five minutes until our next destination.  We sat in this little open hut at wooden tables and yes I did end up having a cliché American food, a hamburger, but hey, I had octopus yesterday so I didn’t feel guilty. 

After that we headed to some small town that is supposedly known for its pottery.  It ended up raining most of the day with some major torrential downpours that made it really hard to even see the road.  We found our destination thanks to the wonderful help of our GPS system.  It turned out to be a small village where people sold the pottery out of their homes.  A lot of these villages have these little parks in the middle that seem to be the social gathering place.  I was not interested in buying any pottery so I just stayed in the car and enjoyed the local scenery.  There were a couple soccer games going on and people just standing around and visiting.  The standard attire for Costa Ricans is a t-shirt, shorts and thongs.  (Yes, Deb, I just used the word thongs for their footwear and I will continue to use it just because I love the fact that it irritates you so much).  It was really neat to see what a simple lifestyle they led.   

We made it home and then ended our evening with another late dinner at one of their gourmet restaurants while sitting outside under the stars. 
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mimimi1943 on

Your friends, the Raccoons
Gees Denise, it appears that your raccoons like you. Perhaps you should adopt one and bring it home. It will give your cat something to do during the day while you are at work. I don't know if I told you this or not. About a year ago, I looked out my glass sliding door and there was a raccoon, I think, it scared me to death. No one was home. I called the next store neighbor and told them to warn them. And of course they didn't know what they look like either. I told them go on the internet. At one of our get togethers with the family I told Dave about it and what it weight, like 45 pounds full grown. I guess I was right, it was

behnkesports on

So, you didn't say what you had for dinner. I know you had hamburger for lunch, but were you adventuresome at dinner? (Oh and by the way, I am ignoring your comment about the footwear!) :) I would have liked to see their pottery, but it probably would have been a pain to try and bring it home on the plane without it getting broken.
Keep relaxing,

dlittle001 on

Re: creatures
Well, whatever you did worked. It is really great to sit out on the patio at night and just chill. I stay up too late though because I do it after we get in. Oh well, sleep is overrated anyway.

dlittle001 on

Re: Your friends, the Raccoons
I just don't think Sam and Gypsy would appreciate it too much if I brought home a raccoon or this other rodent. They just sleep all day when I am at work anyway so I don't feel a real need to entertain them. Sam can barely stumble downstairs if I come home on my lunch break. He peers down the stairs and then decides if it is worth the effort or not.

dlittle001 on

Re: Dinner?
You're right I didn't feel I could brag about our dinner because we had reservations at their Asian dinner but we all decided we were not hungry enough to go. Then like thirty minutes later we magically became hungry and ordered in a ton of room service. The poor guy had to come up the stairs with like fifteen covered dishes on one tray. Nothing exciting though like Octopus.

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