Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Today was our last full day with our son Jared and his wife Tere. We started by going straight to the beach again to look for sea shells. It rained all night and it rained on us at the beach until afternoon. But a light drizzle it’s a problem when you’re having fun at the beach. We really enjoyed it.

The tide was out again and the perfect shell hunting conditions. While snorkeling Jared found some real treasures, 3 medium to small conk shells. We didn’t see any eels this time but there were lots of tropical fish & star fish and we came home with a bucket full of other shells that Hna. Johnson is collecting. This was a very productive trip to the beach.

On our way home from the beach we stopped at a tourist trap in the colonial zone called the “Yellow Step Stores”. This place has hundreds of little shops to choose from. Many of them sell exactly the same touristy trinkets but a few are specialty store and care one of a kind stuff.

The shop we like to go to is called “Freddie’s”. The owner knows the Senior missionaries very well and gives them a 75% discount of everything in his store. 75% off sounds like a lot but when you consider the huge markup all tourist traps use, his prices after the discount were actually fair. Tere and Jared purchased a lot of souvenirs to take home with them. Hna. Johnson purchased more souvenirs to stockpile until we leave our mission in only 6 months.

This evening we went out to dinner together for the last time. For the past week one of the high lights of Jared & Tere’s visit has been all of the wonderful food we’ve eaten. Tonight we discovered another great place to eat. It is called “El Mesón de la Cueva” (Large Table of the Cave). It really is in a limestone cave, complete with stalactites and stalagmites. This naturally occurring cave is on the south side of Mirador Park only about 10 minutes from our apartment.

To get into the restaurant we walked down a spiral staircase about 2 stories into the heart of a very large cavern. This large room had been divided up into several rooms; a couple for dining, another for the kitchen, restrooms, etc. It was quite an adventure and a real unique place to eat. The cave atmosphere was wonderful.

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