What a day! This morning we were up early to finish packing and grab a quick breakfast before Tierra Tours was coming to pick us up for todays adventure. We had read about a breakfast place and went looking for it but couldn´t find a trace of it anywhere, so we ended up wandering until we found a lady selling fruit on the road and we get some bread from a pastry shop. We made it back to the hostal and grabbed our things, and checked out of Oasis. It was a great place to hang our hats, and stinky shoes, for a couple of nights. But the Tour guy arrived and we were off. This time we were headed back to Volcan Mombacho for a canopy tour – for those who don´t know that means ZIP LINES!! 17 platforms of zip lines to be precise.
We got to the zip line place, and they quickly harnessed us up, slapped helmets on our heads and gave us our “safety demo” which lasted about 3 minutes. Then we were climbing to the first platform. We were acoompanied by 3 young guys, likely in their late teens, who ended up being a ton of fun if not overly safety conscious. They were our guides through the canopy. The one did an excellent job of capturing most of our time on video – we´ll post that eventually. Meanwhile, the other two strapped us in and would instruct us how to sit, stand, or lay down in order to “superman” or go upside down while zipping over the palm trees. It was great, but it flew by really fast (pun intended). Suddenly we were at a choice point – the guy said, we are at the last one, and you get to pick to do one line that is longer and has a surprise, or two that are shorter and no surprise. Ryan picked one, and I picked the other. That wasn´t really an option, so they let us do both. The surprise was for sure the sweetest. On that one, while you are going the guy at either end bounces the line and you go up and down – it was wicked.
But all good things must come to an end. So we finished the tour, left our equipment behind and climbed back into the tierra tour van. The van was not taking us back to Granada though, it was dropping us off on the side of the highway as we has requested. Why, you might ask. Because just a short walk from the side of the highway between Mombacho and Granada is a place called Poste Rojo. Poste Rojo is a treehouse. Ryan was so excited – for those who don´t know, Ryan would like us to build our very own treehouse…not as a little fort in the yard of our real house, but as our real house, including plumbing and all. So this was like a dream come true. Unfortunately, to get into a treehouse means going up high, which means a lot of stairs with heavy packs in the heat of mid-day.
Once we got past the stairs, Ryan left me at the dorm style treehouse to go up more stairs to the reception area which is located in the highest treehouse (of course it is) along with the dining area, common area, and bridge to the yoga deck. He came back and we walked back down a bunch of stairs and then along an overgrown muddy path which emerged at our very own private treehouse – the honeymoon suite of treehouses. The door opens to a bed, surrounded by mosquito netting and a small closet to lock your bags in. And then there is a tiny patio with a table and stools. In the patio floor is a hatch – LOST fans, note that this hatch led to a private hammock under the deck of our treehouse – not to pergatory. So sweet! After dropping our stuff we decided to head back up to the main treehouse to meet the volunteers who staff the place and to hang out in the hammocks. The rest of the day is a bit of a blur as I spent most of it napping in the hammock – finally!!! Ryan tells me that during my sweet dreams, he was busy watching for howler monkeys. We could hear them most of the day, and a few came up into the trees of the main house. He also wandered around to check out the bridge and the lower platform. When I woke up we enjoyed some pringles and a rum and coke while doing some light reading. It was great.
After a while, we decided to go shower. This was reminicient of our Miraflor experience. Back down by our treehouse was the shower – a wooden structure that is just tall enough to cover the neccessary areas from onlookers (unless you are on looking from our suite, in which case you have a full view), with a rain barrel above you. Ready set go! It´s not the most relaxing experience, but Ryan says it was memorable. Have I mentioned yet that we were the ONLY guests at the treehouse this particular night? We had the full service of several volunteers, which was great at dinner time which we headed up for soon after the shower experience. Dinner would be taco salad, it was yummy. And a nice evening of hearing travel stories from the volunteers who were mostly there to bum a free place to crash for a while. After dinner the staff became a little less fun to hang out with…for those of us who aren´t into pot. It´s a fairly American “hippie dippie” crowd, not so much our thing, so we headed back to our suite to curl up in the mosquito netting. Sweet dreams to us!
For those who are interested, it was a great experience staying at Poste Rojo. It was relatively cheap, and what it lacks in plumbing, it makes up for in great views and tons of charm. It´s a great place to get away from the busy chaos of travelling, take a book and chill. Ryan is emphasizing that you really need to stay for 2 nights to get the full effect…if only we had had the time.