July 16, 2004
At LAX, we were
informed that TACA now only allows one surfboard to be checked on per
person.† Additional boards are considered
as standby.† Because I had two boards in
one bag I could not separate them so my board bag was considered standby.† The counter agent did mention that most every
bag ends up on the plane anyway so we were not to worry.† When I arrived in
I was picked up
at the airport by Kevinís transfers.†
They had been waiting anxiously for about 45 minutes while I was dealing
with my luggage (or lack of it).† Jeff,
the driver, also had to pick up another surfer and take him to Hermosa.† The other surfer, who happened to be from
I made it to Esterillos Oeste and as we drove past our lot on the way to the cabina I was going to stay in for a week I noticed how overgrown our lot had become.† It is amazing how quickly everything grows here.† Once we start landscaping our property we will have no problem with the place filling out quickly.
On Sunday July 18, there was a good sized storm brewing off the coast.† It rained for a bit in the early afternoon.† Lots of lightning could be seen over the ocean.† At about 3 AM on Monday I was awakened by the spray of water on my face.† The storm had hit and it was a big one.† I had left the shutters open on the front windows to allow the cool night breeze in but the wind from the storm was so strong that the rain was horizontal and now entering my cabina.† It felt like a hurricane.† The lightning and thunder over the next couple of hours was intense.
morning there was debris from trees and plants strewn all over the place.† Evidently it usually doesnít get that windy
during storms so I was treated to something special my second day in
July 21, it was confirmed that my boards had finally arrived in
As I sit here writing this update I am outside my cabina which is located on a hilltop overlooking the ocean.† I can see all the way to Manuel Antonio (about a one hour drive from here).† This morning there were some white faced monkeys playing and eating in the tress just behind the cabina.