Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuesday Update

Last night we went out to a great local seafood restaurant on the ocean - eat outdoors with waves crashing in the background during your dinner. Great atomosphere. We went with a group of 10 others. Todd ordered the best item - the surf and turf -- full lobster, tenderloin and potatoes.

This was the first time we left the compound. We asked about a cab and the concierge told us it was only a 10 minute walk- so we walked to that restaurant. Big mistake that could've turned out worse... Not only was the walk 30 minutes (in that sauna heat/humidity), it was dark and during the walk there were groups of "locals" staring at us all along the way. We were way out of place and some were yelling stuff in Spanish to us as we walked head down to avoid eye-contact. A few times I thought we were in trouble, but we got there ok - Todd is so big these guys were probably scared to do anything. As Todd said, "that was almost the first loss we took here." "I was going to get the first punch in and run if they came towards us."
This morning we played golf again with 2 other guys (Chris from Lexington, KY, and John from LA) - a lot of fun. John from LA is the first one I've ever met to give Todd back what he verbally dishes out. That guy was awesome. John's best line of the day to Todd came after Todd duffed a chip which made it barely on the front of the green (the pin was back)... "that one is safely on the green." Maybe you had to be there but this guy sparred verbally with Todd all 18 holes.
It was hotter today than yesterday and the beverage cart was nowhere to be found most of the round. At one point we had the maintenance team call someone out we were so dehydrated. That is why the scorecard is not posted today. We quit keeping score because it got bad. I did shoot a 45 on the front with an 8 on #9 (2 lost balls). Tough to play while sweating your skin off and not having liquids. I drank 2 huge 2 litre bottles of water at lunch just now.

Some pictures from today's round... An iguana in the middle of the cart path... The course is named LaLiguna.
This guy was cool. Wish I could have gotten closer. He has a yellow dot on his head and when he ducks down he is fully camoflauged among the yellow flowers in the field. He was "screaming" at me while I was taking his picture. The ponsds like this one on the course have signs warning about crocodiles and rattlesnakes.
This is a picture from the tee-box on #17. One of the best views of the bay where the resort is located on. To the left there are bunch of boats located 100 yeards or so off shore - not pictured.

This is a picture of the pool from my lounge chair. There are contantly games going on in the pool (volleyball, etc.) and it is very similar to the Marriott where we stay in HHI. Lots of pools, they are just all connected here. The beach has dark brown sand, and much of it is grass - so everyone is at the pool. There is a swim up bar too. From this picture the bay is off to the left about 300 yards. There are lots of little kids here too - 90% of the guests are American or speak English.

Tomorrow we're going on the zip line rainforrest canopy tour. The bus leaves at 10am and we'll be back around 1 or 2pm. Todd just left the room to go to a meeting - he's yet to be in the pool - where I'm going right now.


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