Not what we had planned, but okay
26.03.2011 - 27.03.2011 30 °C
So.. our Tubing trip down the river was cancelled due to lack of registration. Darn!!!
We decided to spend the day with Don and Stacie and just explore. This was our first time off the ship and trying to pick the tour guide who would do a good job and treat us well. We picked the third guy who approached us and squeezed into his little taxi. This was the taxi of the port. They were all small red cars which made a warm squeeze for four adults one of whom is over six feet.
Robert is Nicaraguan. He showed us the coast line where his mother walked in the 80s for 19 days down the coast from Nicaragua with his little brother. He now lives up the hillside. Up 68 stairs to be exact. He says his mother does not like to come up to his house. LOL. He has a wife and two little children. He showed us where he likes to come in the morning to read his bible at the seashore.
We stopped at an old museum location which have a few 'relics' from that time. They are reproductions, but look very cool in the greenery and cave in the hillside. The earthquake in 1991 caused so much damage when the ground rose 9 feet and the sandy beach disappeared.
Our next stop was the Tartuega Canal. We invited Robert to join us for our boat ride with Jorge the pilot. Yes we were excited to see howler monkeys, a caiyman, a sloth, various birds, almond trees...and so much more. The Coast Guard station is along side the river with very very fast boats with big engines. We took some pictures for James our son in the Canadian Coast Guard.
Next stop the BEACH. I love the beach and I played in the waves. We ordered what is supposed to be a platter of food four and ended up with food to feed ten. We enjoyed it and packed up the leftovers for Robert to take home to his kids.
Stacy was not feeling well so we headed back to the ship, but not before Don bought some cane rum and filled his water bottle with it to bring on board.
Dinner was good of course and we went to the 'big show" of which I slept through most of it. The funny part is they had the dancers who are on hiding and playing in the audience and using ropes for climbing walls and swinging from the ceiling. I was so intent on watching one hiding behind some seats I failed to notice one rappelling down the wall just behind my head. LOL
We caught Jukebox's show and off to bed.