Saturday, August 1, 2009

1st Newsletter - August 2009

First Newsletter, August 2009

Hello everybody,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our past guests for taking the time to come visit us. During the brief period we have been open we have made some lasting friendships. Thank you.

Warm Thanks also to Becky Good for suggesting we start a Mystic River Newsletter. Becky, I sure hope you send me those photos of our shopping trip to the Prison Gift Shop!!!

So, what’s new at Mystic River?

Tom and I have been busy and having fun visiting various local sites to see if we could organize additional trips and adventures for our guests. We recently spent a day at the Elijio Panti National Reserve because we had heard about the wonderful waterfalls there as well as the beautiful caves. We were not disappointed and what a day that was!! Tom actually wanted to drive his new BIG Dodge Ram 2500 truck all the way in, just to see if he could do it, and as you can see, we did it!

A couple of places on the way there were pretty scary because of all the mud, and the fact that the road had not been used for vehicles for quite a while, but we got there eventually! The truck ride lasted just over an hour, whereby taking the horses would have taken 4 hours! When we got to the end of the road we parked the car and hiked our way in the jungle to the entrance of the cave.

Some of the obstacles we encountered!!

The cave is absolutely beautiful and full of artifacts. Here are some photos that you can enjoy. We were there for over an hour then headed back to the truck for the next part of our adventure, the beautiful Sapodilla Waterfalls.

After another 2 mile jungle trek, we reached the falls. Because of the heavy rainfall we received a few days prior, the water was a bit cloudy, but I understand from our guide, Antonio Mai, that the water is normally crystal clear. I guess we’ll have to make another trip!! The biggest surprise of the day for me was the sandy bottom of the falls!! It was so unexpected because the bottoms are usually rocky, but not this one! Swimming there was absolutely delicious, again because of the softness of the bottom, so I have to declare Sapodilla Falls my personal favorite so far. There are also medicinal trails there which unfortunately we had no time left to explore.

We had such a wonderful day that we would like to make it part of the tours we offer our guests. It will be a combination of off-road adventure mixed with horseback riding, caving, swimming at the Falls with of course, a packed lunch or a barbeque right there at the falls!

I bet you can picture yourselves there right now and can't wait to try it out!

By the time we left, the sun was coming down.

It was truly another beautiful day in paradise, full of excitement and discoveries.

Tom wanted to have the last word.....

"Sometimes in the Jungle, things just don't happen the way you want them to!!"

Stay tuned for the next Mystic River Newsletter...

The excavation of the Cave by the Dining Room....

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Take care and have a wonderful day.

Nadege and Tom