A bird’s eye view of our little town of El Castillo, Costa Rica.
I have now been here for 23 days…
Construction work progresses on our Mystic View Bed and Breakfast as the rainy season officially begins. Building a home in the rainforest, high up on a mountain ridge has definitely been a challenge with many unexpected obstacles showing up frequently. This will certainly be an interesting story to share for many years to come and something my family will be proud of…a tale to remember! Even though the progress has seemed slow, we have accomplished a lot in the past few weeks. We are now getting to the point where the finishing touches will begin on this house as it takes on it’s own wonderful character.
Excited to finally see new floor materials…
Last weekend the tile was delivered for the entire house on a late dismal rainy Saturday evening. We witnessed this delivery as we had been waiting all day for it. We followed the big flatbed truck as it made its way up the mountain.
No forklifts to aid in the unloading of the tile, so as I stood and watched 5-6 workmen unload, by hand, the large boxes of tile in the pouring rain, reality hit me. I knew this project would be hard, but it was at that moment, in watching this scene, that I realized what this entailed. I gained true perspective on just how difficult it is to build a house in a remote area of the rainforest. Reality hit at that moment regarding the tasks at hand…this was not going to be easy, and getting this project accomplished was going to take patience and perseverance.
The perils of the job come at a price
Unfortunately, after all was unloaded, the truck driver attempted to make his way up our steep driveway, but his back wheels got stuck on the rocky incline. My son, who happens to have a big Chevy 4-wheel drive Duramax truck, was then called upon to come help pull him out of this predicament.
He was apprehensive because, as you can see, the flatbed truck was huge and not only was it stuck on a steep incline in the pouring rain, but it was 8:00 at night. Nonetheless, knowing my son, I knew that he would go to great lengths to help a fellow in need, especially here! He also felt sorry for the man because there was no one else to call, especially since it had gotten so late. The tile company was located in San Jose, which was three hours away over the mountains.
Life in the shadow of the Volcano!
A saying here as life throws you unexpected experiences. Nothing could be more true. Fortunately, my son was able to pull the man out of his predicament but with this event came a tragic break to my son’s front wheel mechanism, when extreme pressure was applied to his 4-wheel drive. It snapped causing his steering to be impaired. The truck was undrivable, so the next day he and his family had to catch a taxi ride back to his home in Ciadad Casada, about an hour away. A bit disappointing…being that my house shopping trip to San Jose had to be postponed temporarily. Another setback!
Our Scavenger Hunt!
The day was not a total washout (no pun intended) as we had a great time earlier in the day swimming at the lake and walking the shores to see what great items we could find to add charm to our rainforest house. The lake was very low due to the recent dry season, and great pieces of drift wood were scattered everywhere. We lucked upon a great stump of a tree still standing on its roots. We decided to see if we could pry it from it’s location. So we pushed and tugged at it until we were able to free it from the sand. It will need to dry completely but, with a little work, it will make a great hat and scarf tree for the mud room. An interesting sculpture! We also found a cool slab of tree to use for a bench. Great finds and a fun day with my son, his wife and my grandchildren.
Natural and organic
Elements for this house are going to include many organic items found in nature. I found a stone mason through a group on Facebook who carves stone items out of river rock. I commissioned him to carve a sink for my future guest bath. Consequently, on that same day, I received the call that he was delivering the sink. Another surprise! Later that evening, before the tile arrived, my stone man arrived with the stone sink.
Poco a poco!
Little by little (poco a poco) things are beginning to come together. The work continues on Mystic View Bed and Breakfast and a truck loaded with materials are being delivered this weekend. And very soon, a group of workers will be on the job to help get the tile laid, kitchen and bathrooms tiled and finished. Glass doors and windows are next! This weekend we will be heading to Guanacaste, Costa Rica, on the pacific side of the country, to pick up our hand carved front entrance door. Can’t wait to see it in person!
We were very fortunate to have a piece of this rare wood donated from our good friends who live there. This wood came from a tree on their property, therefore, it will be an asset for our home and also hold sentimental value as it came from good friends. Life is good and we are extremely grateful for our good fortune. I hope you will continue to follow us on this truly magical adventure. Read Our Journey Begins and Building Issues for more on the story! Until next time, and the next chapter on our home building adventure, I will leave you with what all say to anyone who visits–Pura Vida!
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