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Published: February 22nd 2010
We're getting ready to go
This is our group at our B&B. Ready to take off on the ATVs.
Brad and Tara, the owners of these villas, asked if we would like to take a tour on ATVs. He would lead it and rent ATVs for us. Everyone wanted to go so we took off with 8 ATVs and 15 people (a few were children but big enough to ride along).
We left about 10 AM and hadn’t gone far when the police stopped us. Apparently, Brad was using a different rental place and found out that they didn’t have all of the ‘papers’ they were supposed to have. They then checked everyone for their driver’s license and passport documentation. Brad had forgotten to tell everyone to have passport information so some people didn’t. We had read at the airport in San Jose that it was fine to lock your passports in a safe and just carry a copy of the main page (which we had done at our place in San Jose) so we were fine but they let everyone go anyway. I noticed that the ATVs had stickers that said no passengers (Jim and Karen shared one) and not to take it onto a beach (why would you rent one if you didn’t want to drive
it on a beach??).
While we were on a road and happened to be stopped to wait for everyone to catch up, I noticed a drip of liquid coming down from the tree above. It hit my arm and I tried to figure out if it was something from the tree or another creature. It didn’t seem to have any odor but then something else dropped out of the tree…part landed on my leg and the rest on the ATV—it definitely came from a mammal so I’m assuming it was monkey poop and now I know that the monkeys have it out for me!! I had Jim find a large leaf down the road so I could wipe it off.
We had a very dusty, fun adventure for about 4 hours driving on their highway (Hwy 160 which is a dirt road with lots of pot holes and gulleys to avoid). We went across a couple of rivers (this is the dry season so they weren’t very deep) and across some beautiful beaches. After a long, dusty ride, w ended up at a little restaurant on the beach that had wonderful things to eat. Jim and I had
a filet of fish with a shrimp sauce on top—see photo. It was better than it even looks!! I shopped at their little souvenir shop and found some wooden necklaces that were nice. We all got on our ATVs and drove down the beach a little ways and went swimming. It was so nice to wash off some of the dust and swim in the surf for a while. None of us had towels but they were not necessary—the warm humid air dried us off and we were ready to go again.
We made it back to our place. Brad said he had to wash the ATVs off since they weren’t supposed to have been of the beach.
We have included a couple pictures of the roads into town. We drive this road to get to the grocery story and ATM at the bank -- restaurants want cash. Note the narrow bridge, just barely wide enough to get the SUV over. We had dinner two nights ago at an Argentinean steak house. They did not open until 6pm so, while we were waiting, we walked down to a beach bar to watch the sunset one more time. At
This is proof that we really did this on the ATVs. It was fun!
the steak house, Jim had a steak and I had chicken grilled over an open flame. Very good eating! There are SO many restaurants!! We need to come back to sample some more. We’ve been eating out about every other night—other nights we have made simple things in our villa or just cheese/crackers and wine…
Last night, we had paella at the rancho fixed by two Spanish chefs. It was very good. See the pix!
I am including another picture of the pool. It has a shallow place for small children, a little ‘shelf’ where you can sit in the water and read and still be cool, and the kids love jumping off the artificial rock formation. It’s fun to watch them.
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