Wednesday, January 23, 2013
22:00, 11 Jan 2013, Puntarenas Just back from our day tour to a horseback riding and zip-line place high in the mountains near Puntarenas. The deal was that if I went on Fran’s choice of a horseback ride she would do the zip-line, or words to that effect….. Well, she did it. She didn’t sleep much last night fretting about it but after the first of 26 zips she started to enjoy it. There were also 2 rappelling points and a rope bridge to cross. The longest zip was 450 mtrs. What a blast!!! Prior to the zip-line we went on a 2-hour horseback ride into the mountains and up to a col where, on one side, we could see much of the area we have sailed in over the past week and, on the other, the mountains where Monteverde is located. The tops of those mountains were clouded over with ragged cumulus clouds and the Papagayo winds were blowing hard. All in all, a good day!
Friday, January 11, 2013
22:00 5 Jan 2013, Day 2, Bahia Balena We are in the north anchorage of this bay after a bouncy night last night. We awoke in the same location but an hour later we noticed that we were dragging anchor in the fresh breeze that had come up. When the anchor was brought up the cable was wrapped around the base of the flukes. We repositioned and spent most of the day ashore checking out the small village buying some fresh supplies and having lunch. Fran has to have her weekly quota of fish so we opted for a Central American staple that has become one of our favourites, baked fish. This time it was barracuda and it was really good.
2100, 28 Dec, 2012, Anchored off Playa de Coco We are back at Playa de coco for a few days. We are close to where we were last time we were here, just off the club on the beach. Tonight there is a decent live band playing. Last night they were playing some New Age music that drove us nuts till 22:15. Seems like the noise ordinance was only pre-Christmas. We arrived here late afternoon after a rocky departure and a squally passage from the marina. When we left the wind was blowing 15-18 kts and we had some difficulty getting away from the dock and getting Gosling pointed in the right direction. She doesn’t behave when backing up so we have to resort to a backing and filling procedure to get her head around. Good thing we have a powerful engine, a big prop and rudder. The 21 inch prop can throw a lot of water and we have been able to get the job done in some hairy predicaments over the past few years. From the berth we had to go to the fueling dock so we had to repeat the process. This morning we got our national Zarpe, so we are now legal to travel in Costa Rica for the next 3 months. The process took all of about 15 minutes for all 3 boats and still at no cost. The fees are due on departure and we expect to pay about $25. We also obtained some WIFI capability for this country. Instead of having to pay for another “stick” we were able to get a SIM card for the I-Pad at a fraction of the cost. Hopefully that will serve us well for the next month. We also did our last minute shopping at our favourite grocery store. It does have great choices of food but on this day they had a few booths giving samples of a Costa Rican hootch (similar to vodka) while another was handing out samples of beer. You’ll never see that back home. Fran liked the shoes on the girls in red…..