18-19 March 2017
18.03.2017 85 °F
Block leave time before the deployment has FINALLY come around. Our flight to Atlanta was uneventful and we had a nice lunch/dinner at the airport TGIF with my parents before taking off. The flight was about 45 minutes late taking off due to what was thought to be a leak in one of the bathrooms. The carpet near the bathroom was wet and apparently smelly but no leak was found. The pilot assured us when they decided to take off that the dry air on the plane would dry up the carpet quickly We watched The Girl on the Train and before we knew it were landing in Liberia in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. I believe it was the fastest I have ever been through customs and passport control.
The Budget car rental place is not in the airport so they pick you up in a shuttle and take you to the rental site. This is where they inform you of the mandatory insurance from Costa Rica that is an additional $20 a day more than you thought. The rental guy then takes us out to the car and proceeds to go over the car with a fine tooth comb, documenting every slight scratch. This is all done under the light from our cell phones as it is completely dark now. We did save some money by downloading costa rican maps on Mom and Dad's GPS. This wasn't really needed as the guy from Budget rental cars gave us good directions that sounded like this: "Go right out of our parking lot and drive for 12 minutes. You will see a bridge and then McDonalds. Take a left here, that will be Route One. Take that all the way to the resort." The GPS was slightly less helpful telling us the entire time that we were on "road". Despite all this we found it by midnight and checked in without difficulty.
By 0800 we were up again having room service in the room. Mom and Dad didn't have room service but they did have a monkey outside their room. After a huge breakfast at The World Café we booked some excursions, had a drink in the Preferred Lounge and hit the pool. By 1200 all the seats are taken but some really nice worker brought over four more chairs for us to bake on. Curt and I did some weak water aerobics but otherwise were pretty lazy. The drinks and snacks flowed until about 1500 when I couldn't stand the loud music anymore and indulged in nap in our deliciously dark and cool room.
A new and fantastic drink, the mini beer!
Mai Tai in paradise
Costa Rica green
Dinner was at Oceana with some amazing corn and crab chowder. I was hoping for some wine and the waiter was helpful when he gave me my choices. He advised that the wine selection included white AND red. I went with beer, Imperial is the Costa Rican brew. My snapper was then served whole which wasn't my favorite but Curt had a nice Swordfish loin followed by dessert. Way better than a day at work
Sunset view from our room