Candlelit Dinner

Our friend Kourtney smiles by candlelight – She reminds me a lot of my youngest daughter Madeleine, but all grown up!

After unloading about 10 pounds of sand each in our first warm shower in a week, Mary and took a short nap followed by dinner at an outdoor restaurant.  Again not amazing food and even worse service, but great company makes that not matter at all.

We were all pretty much finished eating when the power went out to the entire city.  The hum of generators ceased, street lights went out and all that was left was the sounds of the jungle.  I had read at the hotel that outages are common due to the vast quantity of trees surrounding the area.  The restaurant brought out bottles with candles atop and we continued to enjoy each other’s company by candlelight.  It turned the fun trip to eat into a quaint little adventure of its own.  An unexpected treat for sure followed by one of the most restful nights sleep I’ve had for quite a while.IMG_4670

Beach Monkeys

We arrived at the hotel and loaded our luggage in.  The directors were very sweet to give Mary and I a room together.  Many other students were 4 to a room so it was nice not IMG_4624to be separated.  After loading in we took a thirty minute hike through the Manuel Antonio National Park with Janiva pointing out birds and plants of all shapes and kinds.  We saw a beautiful Toucan perched in the canopy above us.  It wasn’t long before our hike through the jungle took us to a private beach.  I wasted no time and hopped in and began swimming and body surfing.  I was first and I’m told I looked like a little kid.  It was fantastic.  The waves were much more powerful than I’m used to in the Gulf of Mexico and the water was very clean.  The powerful waves lifted me up and threw me around.  It was like being a kid again.  No one has been able to throw me around since I was little and the feeling was like flying.  I didn’t want to stop.

Sand got everywhere, but we played and played. The national park had to close so we packed up and started hiking out.  On the way we finally saw some monkeys – maybe about eight of them -climbing in the trees around our heads.  Again, I’ve seen these in zoos, but when the bars aren’t there its a very much more personal experience.  We were warned that they like to steal lunches and backpacks so the monkeys and I we were eying each other not knowing what to expect.  They’re cute little guys.  A Toucan in Pargue de Manuel AntonioLas tres amigas en los aguas de Océano PacíficoIMG_4594IMG_4627IMG_4628IMG_4657