Lovely Lake - Lovely Day

Trip Start Feb 01, 2012
Trip End Feb 21, 2012

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Lago Suchitlan
Cascada Los Tercios

Flag of El Salvador  ,
Sunday, February 12, 2012

It's Chris'  actual birthday today. 

Had a unique shower under the waterfall shower in our room this morning.  It is a fantastic experience.  This place is very special.  Our room isn't as special as some.  Kerry's room has an upstairs bedroom and downstairs sitting room.  Leigh & Lang's has a lion fountain as you enter the room, a huge bedroom under a cathedral ceiling and a sunken bath with tiled shower.  The layout of their bathroom is a little strange but it is still quite magnificent!  Actually, the whole town is special.  We walked over cobblestone streets last night.

We went on a boat trip to Lake Suchitlan today..  It was mostly a birding trip and we saw lots of birds.  However, my photos will be disappointing because of my lack of telephoto.  The lake is beautiful with the mountains behind and little islands and sand bars around it.  We saw the ferry that can carry 3 cars; we also saw a few motorbikes.  It was very brightly colored. 

We were out longer than anticipated - I think it was because we saw so much.  There were quite a few cormorants, some vultures (including a turkey vulture), green heron, tricolor heron, egrets, a type of stilt, swallows, osprey and night heron, American coots, the black-bellied whistling ducks, something teal and of special note, the hook-billed kite.  I am sure there is something else I missed.  Clare got some really good shots of birds, and some of those were in flight.  Maybe she will send me some.

Not sure where I left off.  I think before we went for our walk.  So we all met at reception and then walked down to the police station where we picked up our policemen who would accompany us on our walk to the waterfall without any water since it is the dry season.  There are three kinds of police here:  The regular police, the tourist police (who were accompanying us), and the environmental police (actually one of them came along too to take some readings at the waterfall site). 

We walked along a cobbled road that led toward the lake and then turned down a path to the overlook.  We took some photos of the lake over the buttercup tree flowers and then picked our way over the rocks to the edge of the waterfall.  Below there were quite a few 3-D columnar rocks - volcanic in origin.  Basalt I think.  A vulture was sitting on a branch of a dead tree right above our heads.  I waited until everyone was leaving before getting my camera out again to take a photo and then I had to put in a new SD card.   I didn't wait on purpose - it just happened.

We got a ride back to our hotel in the bed of the police truck.  We were kind of jammed in and had to hold on as the truck climbed up the rocky road.  We made it to the city and rode around the main square amusing the people until we got back to the police station.  Lou went to get the policemen some ice cream in appreciation for their helpfulness.  The commanding officer who is learning English also tried to teach us more Spanish and taught us that Lake Suchitlan is very beautiful and then we talked about favorite foods and where to go for pupusas.

We got back and Clare and David were having soda and beer, respectively, in the garden so I joined them.  Then I picked up my laundry and tried to get on the net and work on my blog.  Catch up, that is.

So that is as far as I got before dinner.

Some of us went to the pupuseria on the street for dinner.  Lou had recommended it.  We sort of knew what to expect but there was no one to translate for us.  No matter - we would manage.  First we walked up inside and sat at the picnic-like tables - all 8 of us fit perfectly.  The waitress came over and we tried to order - it wasn't going that well and a young woman came over and offered to translate.  Gabriela spoke fluent English that she learned in LA where she visits with relatives for extended periods.   She was extremely helpful in sorting out what we needed and answering our questions.

We ended up ordering 16 corn pupusas* and 2 rice ones - two for each of us plus some for Naomi.  We ordered the loco ones with everything on them.  Loco means crazy.  Then we ordered some sort of cornmeal strawberry drink but they ran out so some of us had a cinnamon-tasting drink.  The meal was excellent but the pupusas were very filling.  Some people took their leftovers intending to find a beggar but ended up giving the leftovers to the wandering dogs.  Jane and Jan and Kay took a lot of photos of Gabriela and her family who had come there to celebrate Valentines' Day.   It was a very festive atmosphere.  The service was pretty quick considering all the mouths to be fed and we gave a little extra to the waitress to show our appreciation of all the hard work managing our order.

After that, we went to the hotel bar and ordered drinks.  I realized I could use the computer on the bar since it was so well lit but there was no longer any internet connection there.  I then came to the front desk to ask and the owner told me I could sit here in reception.  The light is good enough to read the computer screen, but not so good for transcribing from my little notebook.  I took some photos today but haven't gotten to look at them so there are none attached.  My birds will probably be pretty bad anyway.

* Pupusas are similar to corn tortillas, only thicker and stuffed with
cheese, beans or meat. The pupusa originated in El Salvador, but it is
also popular in neighboring Honduras. Pupusas are traditionally made by
slapping the dough back and forth between greased palms. A tortilla
press is quicker and easier for beginners.   from - the webpage includes a recipe.

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