Saturday, June 12, 2010

LIFE IS GOOD... AT JICARO


From the moment I learned about Jicaro Island Ecolodge, I knew I had to go. The challenge was to try to set time aside from a hectic schedule to make it happen… and I did! I had been captivated by the photos, location and décor, but had no idea what was in store. From the moment we arrived, it was first class service all the way, making us feel completely welcome and pampered. My traveling companion and I had big plans to get away, connect and fish…we did that and so much more. After the first hours on this slice of paradise I had completely disconnected from my worries and let myself enjoy, yes I relaxed, even got to do things I never do like lay in my hammock on my Casita balcony and read… what a treat! And then came fishing, and eating and more pampering, pool time, laughter…yes we were connecting, more than I anticipated. Happy hour rolled in and we were happy, the specially prepared drinks, the bocas... the pool. Intimate dinner with specially prepared dishes, great conversation and coffee and dessert back in our Casita to take in the privacy of our home for the night.


The next day we were off early with Fabian, to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. The kayaking in warm waterways as we approached the source of the hot springs and the hike through plantations at the foot of the Mombacho Volcano was a truly enriching experience, turned into a learning experience by Fabian’s expert interpretation of where we and what we were seeing. And to reach the Casa Hacienda with magnificent views of the lake now below, and open our surprise picnic breakfast, was a real treat. Instant gratification to our uphill hike! After lunch back at the lodge there was more relaxing and then off to kayak and fish around the island. It was so much fun, like being a child again, learning to enjoy time with your significant other, taking turns at paddling and fishing… we became a team… yes, we connected, not only with each other but with our surroundings… we did not want to leave. We tried to dock our kayak without being noticed, but a cold towel and beverage was always there, no matter how unannounced we tried to get back on the island… it became a challenge, but the service at Jicaro won. Always "on the ball."


Another wonderful night and up at dawn to take in the last hours of the week end getaway… We set off on a prearranged fishing trip to Zapatera Island, with our picnic breakfast (we left at 5 am) and staff was available to make sure we got off to a good start. We were not successful at fishing but we were successful at enjoying each other and the friendly team that looked after us and made us feel like we never wanted to leave. This weekend reminded me that life is good and blessings abound. Thank you Jicaro for making this happen!

Poétt Ryan

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