As usual we all worked Saturday morning until noon and headed home to clean up for the trip to Turrucares and Flor's Birthday celebration. While getting ready there is knock on the door and outside our little casa stands 5 people: Flor's Son, Daughter-in-Law and 3 children, including one just over a year old. We are now a very full vehicle, including Flat Mistaya, totaling 9, and short 1 child seat and a seatbelt--huge fines in Costa Rica!! As we were running late, Roberto walked up the hill and met us at our casa with his baggage. I also forgot to mention that Flor's family came with bags and tents! Hummmmm....at this point we are wondering what else has been lost in translation.
|The ever present cows (vacas) with calves were enjoyed by young and old alike with a stream of "Mooos" and "Ahhhhhs" at the adorable young ones. By the way those sounds are the same in Spanish and English!|
There were incredible trees of all kinds including Mango trees that were full of ripening Mangoes! Don refused to stop and let me sample a few. Guess I'll have to get my fill from the Farier (Saturday Market).
After 2 1/2 hours of questionable roads, crossing streams and wondering if we would ever get anywhere, we arrived in Orotina--civilization at last. However, a little nerve wracking with the load in our vehicle. Now we are wondering why we are parking, and why Carlos and Roberto are leaving the vehicle! The rest of us just sit and "bake" and wait! The closer you get to the Pacific the warmer it becomes and we are much closer than when we are in Berlin. The other problem is that our one back window does not go down and I'm feeling badly for our remaining passengers.
A "short" while later Roberto and Carlos return with a large box containing a birthday cake and candles shaped like a 5 and 7. By the way 57 not 75.
Our last hurdle before our destination is forging a river! Unfortunately, I was so concerned about making it across the rather large and moving river that I didn't get a photo!