Monday, August 27, 2012

August 15--Crocodiles and death defying roads

We stayed in some pretty incredible places (5 star hotels, resorts, nature preserve lodge, ultra modern, and some bungaloos), but my favorite place to stay, by far, was Kayak Lodge. It wasn't the fanciest place we stayed, but the hosts, Bernal and Merlene, were so charming and kind and made us feel like family that I'd recommend this place to everyone. Not only did they help us with tours, gave us recommendations, but invited us to spend the evenings with their friends watch the football (soccer) game.

Door to our suite

We were upgraded to the two bedroom suite and loved it's charm.

Interior views

 We loved the porch right on the Mangrove canal even more. It was great to sit out there at night and just listen to the sounds of the swamp. We tried to coax the monkeys (we even bought them fruit) to come and join us, but they seemed to like visiting when we weren't around.

Our balcony on the canal

One of my goals was to get a picture of me holding a monkey. No such luck. :( Next trip!

We loved Merlene

Who knew that one of the most difficult parts of planning our trip would be actually finding out what time church was at. and proved to be very insufficient and even the institute program came up short. Luckily, we ran into the sisters on Saturday afternoon and they were able to tell us what time church was at. The branch was warm and welcoming and I thought about how much better the church would be if every person felt that loved and accepted.

In the 1970's the local production of Banana's took a hit, and so they turned to  growing African Palms production. There were  passed acres upon acres of these beautiful groves all over Quepos. According to Bernal, palm oil production is actually really hard work and done by mostly Nicaraguans. We may have been warned not to go into the groves because of the poisonous snakes, but when would poisonous snakes ever stopped us before.

Our big adventure for the day was the 3+ hour drive to Monteverde  and the stunning Cloud Forest and Reserve. Everything I read about the drive mentioned how crazy the road to Monteverde was and they weren't lying. It was windy, steep, and utterly terrifying. Luckily, Rachel was a rock star and and drove the scariest part of the road because I'm not sure if I'd been able to do it.

A glimpse of how windy the roads were.
We had to see the Crocodiles on the Tarcoles River and they were something to behold. The two dozen or so we counted were huge and we were 100 feet up. I don't even want to imagine what they looked like up close.

After a long drive it was nice to end up at a really nice restaurant where we got yummy food...we (AKA Laura) may have gotten a little slap happy at dinner.

the carrots were the best I've ever had

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Ah, the memories, the memories. Plus I can totally cheat and plagerize everything you wrote for my memory book ;)