A little bit of everything

Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Well, we've been in San Juan del Sur for longer than we had anticipated.  One of our main reasons for coming down here was to check out a beach nearby where sea turtles come to lay their eggs, and where those eggs subsequently hatch into wee tiny little turtles that crawl out into the sea.  Such things would be absolutely amazing to see.  Unfortunately, for the first many nights we were here, the place that organizes such tours was not able to contact the office down by the beach to get information of if the turtles were laying, hatching, or not present, and they were therefore unable to run tours.  So we've been hanging out in San Juan del Sur holding on to the hope that ¨maybe tomorrow¨

So what's there to do in San Juan del Sur while you're waiting for turtle information?  Most of it boils down to soaking up some salt water.  There's a beach in town, where we've spent some time (in no particular order) walking around, watching sunsets, celebrating Halloween, swimming, and sipping liquados and cervezas

We also spent a day visiting a beach outside of town, called Maderas, where John rented a surfboard and went out to catch a few waves while I soaked up some sunshine and swam.  He did quite well after a nine year break from the sport, and managed to not only get up but to even get a few pretty good rides in.  It was amazing watching some of the other people out there -- the waves weren't even that big on the day we were there, but they still looked pretty good.

In addition to surfing and sunning, we also signed up one day for an afternoon of fishing.  One place in town was offering a great deal on a sunset fishing trip, so we hopped into a boat and went and rode around for a while.  On our boat, we had five people -- us, a random guy, and a couple that we had met originally on the boat to the Corn Islands.  After hanging out with them on the islands for several days, we re-met them wandering the streets of San Juan del Sur.  Between the five of us, we had four poles hanging off the boat, and after about an hour and a half of chasing birds around (hoping they might know where the fish were -- apparently the fish-tracker on the boat was busted) we eventually got a bite.  John jumped to the reel and after a bit of a fight managed to bring in a nice sized tuna, perhaps around five pounds.  Now, to be fair, none of us quite knew what to do with the tuna once we had it (sushi, anyone?) but we took it back to the house where the other couple was staying to consult their madre.  This woman, who rents out rooms in her house, was amazing -- as soon as she saw what we had, she ushered us up to the kitchen and started to get stuff ready.  As fast as we could run to the store to get the ingredients she listed, she cleaned and filleted the fish, made an amazing marinade, got the pan ready, set the fish frying, and cleaned up.  All we had to do was take the fish out of the pan and enjoy a very fresh and tasty meal! 

Tonight, finally, we´re headed out to search for turtles, and then tomorrow we´re headed to Costa Rica.  Another update will follow!
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