Watching the tide roll in

Trip Start Jan 03, 2010
Trip End Jan 28, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Sunday, January 17, 2010

We got a good night of sleep.   The sound of the ocean was soothing and the rain free warm weather was welcomed.

We had some breakfast at the hotel and watched the tide roll in.  There were several blue jays that watched people at breakfast looking for an opportunity to swoop in and snag some fruit.

We went into the ocean but the waves were rough.  Neither of us are strong swimmers and there isn't much fun in letting the waves knock you around.  We opted for the pool because it was empty and they served drinks….

From the pool we saw lots of iguanas.  Its frowned upon now, but Costa Ricans used to eat iguanas regularly.  One of our guides calls iguanas "Chicken of the trees".   He also said that they taste better than chicken.  We agreed to order iguana if the opportunity arose.

We lazed around the pool for a good part of the day then hiked down the beach to check out the town.  The beach wasn’t packed and the scenery was, well mixed.   It’s a pretty hippy spot.  There were some people camping in tents while others called the shade of a tree their temporary home. 

We got to the town and there wasn’t much to it:  a few restaurants, two small markets, a hostel, and several people selling necklaces.   We ordered some nachos and watched the town.

There were groups of girls on motorcycles and 4-wheelers cruising the streets.   There was on old man with a blue cart selling shaved ice.  It was a manual operation so he had a big block of ice and a metal scraper to fill up his white plastic cups.

We saw him prepare his treats for a couple of women.  He took his time adding his red liquid and topping them off with condensed milk.  His gold wedding ring reflected the light and glimmered around the ice cart.  When the women left, so did he

The iceman disappeared for 5 minutes or so, then reappeared with a tall can of beer.  He opened his cart and hid the can in the back behind the block of ice so it would stay cold but not be easily seen by his customers or maybe even his wife?   He saw that we saw his little operation and seemed a little flustered.  He closed up his cart and pushed it down the road toward the beach.

We headed back down the beach toward the hotel and got some sun by the pool.  There is a large rock formation that serves as a waterfall and lizards were hanging out on it to fight the heat.

In Tortuguero, our nature guide told us that lizards and iguanas often shake their head up and down, like agreeing or saying yes to show that they are ready to mate.  Sheena pointed out that a lizard at the top of the waterfall was shaking its head.  We stopped and watched for a couple of minutes.  Eventually a large Jesus Lizard appeared on a different rock and started to shake his head as well.  They went back and forth shaking yes and moving closer to each other.  Eventually the male lizard got behind the female,  put the back of her head in his mouth, mounted her, then picked her up and moved her several feet.

Insert a Barry White musical interlude.

Later, a spider monkey came by in the trees.  It was hanging out in a palm tree eating and watching us.   There have been so many animals on this trip that we are growing more accustomed to seeing them all over the place.  Its still really hard not to stop in your tracks and watch a monkey… 

We had dinner later on and the sushi was perfectly acceptable.  Sheena had some blackened tuna and a blended passion fruit drink.  We took a stroll along the beach and watched the waves break from our window.
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