Had an impressive 2-day, back-to-back jet ski adventure with The Armstrongs exploring parts of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy the outdoors in our desert summer heat waves which exceeded 100°F. But wearing / bringing sun protection, having ice cold drinks in a cooler and taking an occasional dip in the water helped keep our cool. Not a sunburn or feeling of heat stroke. Enjoy a glimpse of the area we visited with the videos I’ve put together.
How do we enjoy the outdoors with the high of 104°F here? We are up & at em at 5:30am. Get to Lake Mohave by 7:00am. Although, in hindsight, sunrise’s at 5:23am so, that would be the optimal time to arrive at the lake in order to beat: (1) any weekday crowd, if any (2) the heat (3) the winds.
It was 100°F+ weather, at home. We decided to have a shady, summer escape to cooler weather amongst the granite rock formations and in elevations of 6,000 to 8,400 ft in the Haulapai Mountains. With 10 miles and 2,300 acres of hiking trails, plus 14 trails to choose from, we hopped onto the Potato Patch Loop Trail.
We say “Goodbye!” Left on Saturday but didn’t get home until Sunday. Although we checked out 3 different accommodations (… Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas and Villa Amarilla Beachfront Hotel …) in Tamarindo, this beachfront stay was the best. I’ll miss:
Only about a 40 minute drive from Tamarindo, we pop in Playa Zapotilla into Google Maps. A local had mentioned how beautiful it was, mostly secluded and that there was a short hike with great views to be had.
Found a troop of Howler Monkeys very close to the road on the way to exploring Playa Grande and Playa Mina. Luckily, had the drone to get up close to observe them. What a treat!
Having a nice long visit to Costa Rica (May 4 – 25), we kept our reservations flexible through Booking.com. We went to check out another choice of accommodations away from the hustle and bustle of the center of Tamarindo… arriving at the All Inclusive Occidental Tamarindo.