Over the last few weeks we have had several guests and now they are all gone. Jordan, Sonya, Maya, and Drake arrived on March 10th and left on the 17th – a full week of soaking up family time!! It was so nice to have them spend some time here and see where we live and hang out. Maya and Drake are now twelve years old –almost teenagers – and the older they get the more fun they are. We were able to spend some time on the beach and in the ocean, at the Jaguar Rescue, and at a couple of new places for us – the Tree of Life botanical garden and animal rescue outside of Cahuita, and the Volio waterfall just outside of Bri Bri. I have wanted to go to the waterfall ever since we came here and so Rene and Sarah were gracious enough show us all where it was. Words and photographs just can’t do it justice.
We also spent a lot of time in downtown Puerto Viejo shopping and “people watching”. The night before they left we had a BBB night (Bocas, Beer, and Blues) and Sarah and Rene and Don (our neighbor who is back from Portland for a while) all came. It was great fun and Tom is clearly beginning to enjoy playing his new guitar And Maya picked up one of the guitars and had a quick lesson from Sarah on the basics. She may just be the next Alanis Morriset or Stevie Nicks!!
One of the things that I did with the kids was go to the farmer’s market last Saturday and buy fruit to try that they had never had. Drake and Sonya were real troupers and tried every one but Maya, Tom, and Jordan were not as adventurous. I have to say that I liked the taste of all of them but had to agree with everyone that the texture was sometimes a bit yucky. I am thinking that juicing is the best way to get the taste but not the texture.
The weather was absolutely wonderful almost every day – unlike the weather that we had for Lori and Clive’s visit which, except for a couple of days, was rainy and cloudy.
So – now they are back home in Gunnison and Jordan and Sonya are busy back at work getting ready to open up their new Tic Toc restaurant in Gunnison. It will probably be quite a while before they are able to get away again so I am glad we were able to get this visit in now!!!