Shopping, more horses, and rain.... lots of rain!

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
Trip End Jul 09, 2009

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Rancho de Caldera

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Today was another early morning. We woke up to go on an early morning ride.  At Rancho de Caldera, they have about 8 horses, all rescue animals that have been given a second chance at a much better life.  They have 50 acres to graze on and it seems that every afternoon they choose the valley below our cabin(s).

This morning we saddled up with the chef, Craig and another guest, Gina a little girl (10) from Florida. She's a sweety, very precocious and enthusiastic.  Craig comes to Rancho from Portland.  I swear that Portland just comes up more than could be planned and it just drives Scott crazy. 

We headed to an area that contained petroglyphs, we’re not sure of the story behind the petroglyphs, but it was a nice ride nonetheless.  It was the first time in a long time that I was on a free ride.  We could get the horses going as fast as we wanted, was really fun to get them going a bit, but near the end of our ride, both Scott and I were feeling it in our knees….because we’re OLD!!!!  : )

After our ride we went into town and had some lunch at the local creperie owned by a french couple with some really delicous crepes, but our eyes were bigger than our stomachs and so we had some to take home.  We also did some shopping around the town, which in reality consists of about 4 shops, so shopping was quick.  Next we headed to find the Coffee Estate Inn to pick up some goodies for our coffee loving parents, but alas they only opened their doors to guests of the Inn.  So in route we stumbled across this place called El Explorador Gardens.  We popped in for a look.  WOW….this place was beautiful and weird all at the same time.  It was kind of like the Heidleburg of Panama.  They used junk items all throughout the gardens for pots and architecture….which was very cool…but here comes the weird part.  They painted these very strange cartoon faces on most of the pots.  Kind of creepy actually but it was entertaining enough for a quick walk.

We came back to our cabins and just relaxed.  A storm rolled in and it rained so hard that you couldn’t see 10 feet in front of you.  It’s been so incredibly relaxing here, even though we’ve kept a somewhat busy schedule, just so peaceful here.  The view from our cabin, the cabin itself, the sounds of the rain and when it’s not raining the birds keep a quiet and rhythmic symphony going.  Every night at 6:30, like clockwork, this tree near the tilapia pond fills with probably 30 white as snow, egrets.  The clouds roll in and just hang over the mountains like a forest.  We could stay here for a very long time.

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