Day 6: Tuesday, May 17, 2005
On the beach, warm heat, sun, crabs, scuttle out of their holes and back. Beautiful weather, life, sky, water, waves. Beach is sandy, water shallow, warm, with reef, sharp, rocky. Woke up around 5 am. Hung in the hammock, watched the sun rise. Hummingbirds feed. Life is beautiful! Ate another good breakfast at the local cafe. Tried the internet; however the power went off for a few minutes so I decided to seek connection elsewhere. Grabbed a few pics, donated extra change to the park. Caught the 10 am bus to Puerto Viejo. About 30 minute ride for 50 cents. Beforehand, I met an Australian couple on a RTW trip. Also met Alice, a student (between high school & university). We talked, caught the same bus, and I ended up staying at the hostel about 1.5 km from the bus stop at Cocles beach. Hammocks, tents, rooms, tree house. It's nice, garden, right next to the beach. Our hammocks are the closest to the beach. I'm looking forward to going to sleep and waking up to the sounds of the waves. Bonfire on beach.
Not too many people on the beach. Haven't seen any surfers. Must be further down, or surfers come out early AM or later PM. It is hot. 95.4°F says my temp gauge. 95.8° and that is in the shade. 96.1°F, 96.5° (36°C), 97°, 98.1°, 99°F (37.4°C). I have to say it's hot. 100°F (38°C). The sun is moving, and my shade is disappearing. Alice is listening to her MP3 player and basking in the sun. I'd be a lobster by now. I've fared well so far, no major burns, just the tops of my knees and feet from rafting, and my cheeks and nose from walking around and snorkeling. Temp gauge says 113.9°F in sun (45.8°C). Could that be right? 115.0°F.
Rockin' J's hostel, hammock hotel, tree house, beachside home. I'm staying a second night, so tomorrow I can work on a tile mosaic. Hmm. What to do.