A display of colors across the sky over the pool

Trip Start Jul 24, 2012
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Trip End Jul 28, 2012


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Rainbows over thr Central Pacific Coast

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Friday, July 27, 2012

        Back on to CR 34 from the Crocodile's bridge, we headed back to do a little pool swimming on our last night. We have dinner reservations in a special restaurant that serves the food individually rather than buffet style. The sun was still quite warm, but to the south it was still raining on and off. 

        The pool we selected has a swim up bar and we were able to get the bartender on automatic refill. The water was not cold at all, but quite refreshing. The sun began to set and then, to the south there formed a rainbow, as the rainbow became brighter, a second rainbow formed. What an excellent way to experience our last evening in Costa Rica.

        The other evening, returning from Lake Arenal, we came upon a police checkpoint and we were pulled over. I greeted the officer with the only Spanish I knew, "Bueno Noches". He was an older police officer, with a pot belly, and a huge pistol; he looked like an older version of Deputy Barney Fife. He observed our Double Tree arm bands and ask in Spanish something similar to “Are ya’ll at the Double Tree resort?” and I replied “Si!” Between the two of us, that was the entire extend of our being able to communicate together, so he waved us on down the road. We were told later that the checkpoints were frequently found on the Pan-American Highway and the purpose was to inspect identification documents for all persons in the vehicle, look for drugs, or find illegal aliens traveling through or staying in Costa Rica. What an interesting experience.

        Dinner was interesting, Kathy had a interesting roast chicken disk with mash potatoes (a specialty of Costa Rica) and I had a Mayan beef dish that was pretty tasty. It was romantic, with candles, low light and wine. It was nice to be waited on, for sure.

        The resort has some comedy act, developed around the Village People, being performed, but it was all in Spanish, and included some audience participation. We listen for a short time and found it interesting that the Village People act seem to be lost on the majority of the audience. Maybe the audience was the wrong generation for the Village People.

        Later we were entertained by a large (6 inch across) crab that was stopped in the middle of the path. It was about two blocks distance from the beach, so it was a ways from its normal habitat. I am sure that all the iguanas had returned to their holes, as the temperature had dropped toward 80 degrees.

        Next up, packing and preparing for the 120 kilometer drive back to San Jose. We are taking the CR 27 roadway, that is advertised as the newest highway in Costa Rica.
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