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Sister and sister's first Isla Trip- Day 3

By: AmyMN (View Profile)
Date: 3/18/2007

Golf cart day!!
Even though we wake up pretty early each morning, we are far too lazy to actually leave our room and see a sunrise. That would have to be one of my big regrets. We were up, ate breakfast and to PPEs golf carts by a little after 9am, where we rented cart #2. We only rented it for 8 hours, because I wasn't sure if it would be worth it to rent for 24 hours, and where would we park it overnight? Anyways, my sister signed the contract, we paid the guy, and we were off-we didn't have to leave a drivers license at all? She was the driver Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
(which came in handy later in the trip, when our cart was feeling ill....she knew how to use the choke. I honestly had no idea)I was the navigator-We followed the route on the Map Chick map. After our first stop, I threw the map in my bag in the backseat, which made it hard to navigate.
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We drove through the colonias, and to Punta Sur, but didn't manage to stop there-another big regret. We arrived at Garrafon Castilla around 10am. It was practically deserted. We staked out spots by a nice man named George, and went snorkeling....sister and I are both new at snorkeling, so we took a lesson in a pool, and bought our own equipment. So, we were feeling pretty confident as we waddled into the water. Sister had bought fish food and was already swimming around and feeding them when I put my face in the water for the first time and saw this.....
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I will admit-I had a panic attack. I've never had a panic attack before, so I was convinced I was dying. I hadn't even lifted my feet of the bottom, and I was ready to quit. Then I was really angry at myself, because we'd spent alot of cash on our stuff, so I forced myself to stop crying and stop hyperventilating, and start swimming. I'm not going to lie-the first trip was terrible, all I could see were the hordes of fish that my sister was feeding. We also thought we saw a barracuda and almost drowned trying to get away from it (my sister was actually shoving me out of her way) We spent a few hours there, went snorkeling 3 or 4 times, very nice place.
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Then it was back to our golf cart. We were the first ones there that morning, so we'd parked in a rather...interesting...manner. Sister had to use the choke and perform an 8 point turn to get turned around, but we were soon back on the open road.
Next stop was the turtle place. We paid our entry fee, and looked at the turtles in the tank outside. We weren't too impressed. We didn't realize until we'd almost left that there were more turtles inside. My sister has now decided that she should more to Isla and devote her life to saving the sea turtles. Whatever.
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We headed down the road to Zamas, where we had a pretty good lunch, and enjoyed the pool. There were a lot of unsupervised children there who were jumping from the top pool to the bottom, throwing apples into the water, spitting, etc. which kinda grossed us out, so we didn't stay there very long.
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After lunch, we headed to Playa Tiburon to check out the nurse shark. It was packed there! There was a group of 5 or 6 local men (middle aged) in with the shark (which was hiding in the corner) They were so funny! I guess one of their friends wouldn't get in the water with them, so they were taunting him from the water. Then, since the shark was hiding, one of the men pretended to be a dolphin and put on a show. I laughed so hard at them. When the guy finally found the shark, they all screamed like little girls. I looked at the Tix n Chix there-not sure if I like fish enough to try it or not. We were only there about 20 minutes or so, then back to our cart. We cruised the island for a while longer, stopped at Jax for a drink, then tried to return our cart. This is the only fight we had all week. I admit, I had the map (that we got from Ppe's) turned about 90 degrees the wrong way, so we circled downtown for a while, then noticed that there were carts parked on Hidalgo, so we drove as far as we could until we almost took out 3 scooters and reached a point (in front of La Adelitas) where we were blocked in by tables and chairs. We had to leave the cart there and go to the rental place for help. They were quite understanding, and picked the cart up themselves. Not sure how they got it out of there, must be better drivers than we are.
After "returning" our cart, we stopped for ice cream-not gelato this time- at Kool. Oh my goodness, what great ice cream and waffle cones they have there-my favorite by far. Sister still prefers the gelato.
After a siesta and showers, we decided to eat. Once again, I can't seem to remember the name of the place, and I don't have my map at work with me. It was across the street from the Argentinian place we ate at the night before-Mexican something. They had huge T-bone steaks for 110 pesos. Now, I know that their beef is not the same as ours, and I had warned my sister about this, but our steaks were really good. It could be that they were cooked on an open fire-yummy. We really enjoyed our meal (and 2x1 Sols) and took 2 large bones in a bag for the dogs we had met the night before. We walked and walked and walked searching for dogs to give our treat to. After looking for almost an hour, we finally found a dog, gave it a bone, and watched it walk into the house where it lived. Ooops, I guess it wasn't a homeless dog after all. Shortly after that, we found the 2 dogs we had noticed the night before, and they shared a bone. My sister again wanted gelato for a night cap, but I wanted to try something new, so I got a nutella and sweet milk crepe from Mene Mene, and sister joined me with her gelato. My crepe was sooooo good. Also good was the pineapple water, which I became hooked on. After stuffing ourselves again, we headed to bed. Tomorrow would be our last full day on Isla.

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