Archive for July, 2008
Day 5: Friday, June 6, 2008
Our second excursion, a day of snorkeling, was canceled due to the morning rain. Since we were both fairly exhausted after yesterday’s ziplines, waterslide, horseback riding, mud bath & hot springs, we decided to sleep in for a bit. After a few extra hours of snoozing, we walked over to Mitra for a breakfast buffet and geared up for a day by the pool & the beach.
The beach was the perfect cure for our fatigue & sore muscles from the excursion. We swam around, splashed, tried to take some good pictures – Andrew’s pale body reflected heavily in the camera lens – and just watched the waves. There were also pelicans and other birds dive-bombing the water, snagging fish and other salty snacks.
Once the tide started coming in a little too high, we switched to the pool and enjoyed a pizza from the poolside snack bar. The pizza in Costa Rica was incredible – made with delicious, fresh white cheeses and cooked perfectly in a wood-fired oven. We also sat and “people-watched” for a bit, caught up on reading, listened to music and watched the orange squirrels. Yep. There’s a picture in the slideshow.
Later that evening we went out for some Italian food (it was one of the restaurants at the resort where you could make a reservation) and it was just ok. Andrew’s chicken tasted like eating a whole sprig of rosemary. Luckily the wine was good.
We decided to have a drink at Mitra and catch up with our new friend Pablo, the multi-lingual bartender, before we headed out for the evening to meet up with some folks we had met. The spirit struck us – and we hopped over to the dance floor and shook to the salsa for a couple of songs. Actually we slow danced…but it was graceful nonetheless.
Afterwards we joined up with two other American couples that we had met at the resort – also honeymooners. Mark & Stephanie were from Hot Springs, Arkansas; Nikki & Anson were from Alabama – Anson is in the Army. Stephanie wasn’t feeling well so she & Mark jetted, but we stayed out with Nikki & Anson to shoot some pool & share wedding stories.
***It turned out that Anson, like myself, is a self-taught guitarist. I had just finished reading a great book earlier that day, “Guitar Man,” and recommended it to Anson. We had so much fun with the two of them, but we were sad to find out that it was their last night in Costa Rica. I sent my book with Anson to “pass on the wisdom” and wrote our address inside the cover. I told him that if he wanted to pass it on to someone else, feel free. Maybe it will come back one day.
We ended up staying out later this evening than any other night of the trip – and were dreading our 6:00am wake-up call for the next day’s excursion. Oh well. We’re on vacation.