Wednesday, September 23, 2009

T.I.V. Tuesday

Here is proof that not everything in Venezuela is bad, backwards, irksome or irrational. Recently, we took a weekend trip to Tortuga Lodge. It is situated on the coast of Venezuela in the midst of a National Preserve. The area is reasonably remote and required a 15 minute motor boat ride through a mangrove forest to reach our destination. Our accommodations were on the rustic side (no power during the day, salt water showers etc.), but we were lulled to sleep at night by the sound of crashing waves, and it is hard to beat that. This was Isaac's first trip to the beach and he was in love. We spent much of the weekend trying to convince him that believing you can swim is not the same as actually possessing said skill. Caleb became adept at sneaking up on crabs and had his first lessons in body surfing. He asks daily when we're going back and sadly the answer is probably never. The Chavez government is in the process of expropriating Tortuga Lodge and in the very near future it will no longer be beautiful and inviting, like so many other things in this country that are now government controlled. But, we had an enjoyable weekend there and it will always be lovely place in our memories.













14 comments:

Lauren in GA said...

I laughed at your brilliant and humorous wording of Isaac, "believing you can swim is not the same as actually posessing said skill." You are a clever writer. Glad Isaac fell in love!

I am also glad you got to experience the beauty of the Tortuga Lodge before The Chavez government got to it.

Hazen5 said...

Gorgeous and heavenly! I hope you got a little R&R.

Kimberly said...

How fun and sad that is won't be preserved. Nice to hear from you!

Tristan said...

That looks amazing! What a fun trip! Too bad the government there will destroy that...so sad.

Adrianne said...

What, Isaac finally got invited on a vacation?!?!? :) sounds amazing, sorry we missed out on it as I doubt we'll be returning to Venezuela!! Miss you, call me sometime!

Todd, Rach & Audrey said...

Wow, Linsey. I haven't checked in for a while and I can't believe how big your boys are....crazy. Sounds like you're having quite the adventure. Say hi to Kenny from the Nelsons.

calibosmom said...

I don't think Chavez got hugged as a child. What a "tool"!

Meilani said...

It was great to catch up on you and your cute family. Your boys are both very cute. I especially enjoyed reading about your trip to Utah recently. I will miss seeing your mom up there with the choir, too.

I sure have appreciated all of your comments and well-wishes on my blog. I hope that you too can get back to a new "normal" despite the loss of your little girl. Life is full of challenges and surprises isn't it? We can't help but feel blessed despite all of it.

diane said...

That looks blissful.

Cassidy said...

Looks lovely. The boys are getting so big!

dana said...

Your boys are getting so big!
What a gorgeous vacation spot. Dreamy!

Tammy said...

that looks beautiful!!!

gab said...

When you get back to the USA, I think you should go on a TV/speaking circuit to educate Americans about Chavez. Every time I read your blog I am stunned by his brand of crazy.

Glad you got a fun vacation and hope you feel extra peace this month.

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