I’m writing this post from home since I ran out of time to to it in Costa Rica.
Saturday was a “rest day”. Ha! We were originally going to leave Quepos early and head to San Jose, leave our stuff at the Holiday Inn and head further north to the Poás Volcano.
We decided that would be a bit much so we mostly packed up our stuff and headed to Dominical, a small surfing town.
Dominical has been know for many years to the international surfing community because of its consistently good waves. Discovered in the early seventies by a group of intrepid and dedicated surfers, Dominical has steadily gained in popularity over the last 30 years. The town has become a haven for surfers with local restaurants.
The unusual conditions of the beach is what gives its surf both size and dependability. The wave is a beach break with a twist, that twist being the mouth of the Rio Baru to the north. The river empties out of the mountains to the east and deposits sediments that form into a sandbar that spreads like a pair of lazy rabbit ears north and south of the mouth.
This town was down a dirt/gravel road. We missed it the first time because it looked more like a driveway than a road into a town. There were all little restaurants, towel and tshirt stores. The picture of the VW bus was a restaurant called San Clemente and the bus had sculptures of Elvis, a frog and a surfer hanging out the windows.
Some of the other images are taken out of the window of the car and include rivers, palm tree plantations, the mountains and more.
The picture of the airport made me very glad I was in a car and not in one of those little cars!
We got back to Pueblo Real, finished packing. It was raining then and the last balcony pictures were taken in the rain as a little comparison to the balcony pictures I took the first night.
We checked out and headed north to San Jose but we didn’t get on the road until about 3:30 which kept us on the road after dark. One of the pictures is of the sunset through the car window.
We stopped at the Crocodile Bridge over the Río Tárcoles just north of the Pacific beach town of Jacó. I thought I saw some but Tom said that they were logs. We had some ice cream and continued heading north.
Thank goodness for GPS – we got to the Holiday Inn about 6:30. We checked in there, unloaded the car and went to dinner next door at… Denny’s! Almost like being back in the US. We found the only nearby ATM in the Fiesta Casino. Then we returned the rental car which was also less than a block away. Everything was so convenient.
I watched part of a House – in English – before falling asleep early. We had to get up at 4am the next day…
Yesterday seems so long ago. We were in Virginia at 4 in the morning waiting for a cab.
The plane trip to Atlanta was uneventful but I had started having panic attacks the night before so a bit of Xanax helped.
On the next flight to Costa Rica, the Xanax had fully kicked in and I was asleep before takeoff. When I woke up, I thought we were landing.
Tom and I were seated across the aisle from one another which was ok but the woman to my left kept trying to talk to the man to tom’s right so I switched places with the man.
The young woman in the window seat made several bathroom runs. On the last one my tomato juice managed to spill on my white pants. Fast thinking from Tom got me some club soda and all was well. When the young woman got back I had the window seat,Tom was in the middle and she was on the aisle.
We got into San Juan and got our rental car. 2 others who were on Kirkland had bad luck with their car they had something smaller and it cost way more than ours so they were pretty unhappy. They were actually coming to the same place we are but a day later.
Thank goodness we got the GPS. We never would have found the place without it. We passed lots hikers in the road headed to San Juan. Turns out they were pilgrims headed to the cathedral for a very special holy day.
We got here and I posted last night’s balcony pictures.
Unpacked and had some wonderful food sent in for dinner. It was so good, chicken and rice, I could have it every day!
Today we went out for the orientation to see what was here. We had coffee and a fantastic juice mix of pineapple, banana, mango, guava and watermelon.
The person telling us about the place said there was an iguana here named Pancho who liked to hang out by the pool and sometimes swim. He recognized cameras and would pose nicely…but would chase you if you didn’t give him a tip of food. He likes hibiscus, especially.
A raccoon came by during the talk also.
We stayed in that same area for a nice breakfast. I had more of that juice mix.
Off for a shuttle to Quepos for groceries. I’m glad we took that. We never would have found the store. Thank goodness there were pictures on most of the products. My Spanish isn’t that great.
On the way back I took pictures of the “Oh, My God” bridge. It lives up to it’s name. Fortunately that’s being replaced.
Back home and to the pool. Then a long call to the states to clear up a little mess I’ll post about tomorrow when I have more energy.
Dinner at the place we got the takeout from. This time a Latin American grilled pork and pineapple. That restaurant is run by the same people who did breakfast. Just a different location.
No rum punch here so I’m trying lime ice tea and lime vodka. Not bad but I don’t think it will be a hit anywhere.
Bedtime soon. Hopefully tomorrow is more relaxing!