Happy birthday to My Man!
Trip Start Dec 07, 2004
107Trip End Ongoing
Before we arrived, we were warned that being so close to nature, might mean to expect encounters of the natural kind in our shower or bedroom. Other than the monkeys yesterday, we havenīt seen any other visitors. Yay!
As usual, we need to keep a flashlight handy after 6 pm and to always wear sandals at night. The lodge and cabins do have lights between 5:30 and 10 pm when they turn on the generator. Whoopee!
This entire area is so remote that it is recommended for kids older than 7.
Small, picture-perfect beaches with the waves crashing against dark volcanic rocks are backed by the thick steamy jungle. Nature lodges are scattered along the shore after you pass the village of Drake Bay, and our lodge is set in an even wilder setting! It is one of the most rustic, with very limited electricity and contact with the outside world. The amenities here are just 2 - the restaurant and the beach!
Our thatch-roof cabins look like they belong on a South Pacific island. There are only a dozen of them, and they overlook the sea.
We had several choices of activities today -we turned down the canoe ride through the narrow canyon, boogie boarding and ziplining. Instead we hiked along the ocean trail to my ideal beach. My family loves to spend the end of the afternoons, playing in the huge crashing waves, but I prefer not to fill up my bathing suit with the sand that comes in the waves. This beach is ringed by a coral reef so it is calm enough to snorkel. My Man, our Tico friend, Pixie and Yoyo strolled out to the one island that is part of the reef. Pixie brushed her legs and hand against coral so she came back looking a mess, but she acted tough because our new friend was with us. The area surrounding this beach is apparently owned by Mel Gibson and he is trying to get permission to build a 7-star resort here for the ultra-rich. I wonder what that would do to the wildlife?
Staff and guests gather at the restaurant to watch the sunset at 5:30 pm. Then the generator starts up, the lights come on, the guests return to their cabins to shower and dress for dinner, which is served at 7 pm. Tonight Karola made a special chocolate birthday cake, and had told the other visitors, so we all sang happy birthday to him.