Bird's Eye View Lodge: Rooftop Patio
The Lodge has a spacious rooftop patio located above the ground floor accommodations in the main building. In fact, there are second story rooms that open onto this patio, which is liberally sprinkled with chairs so you can relax while enjoying the view out over the lagoon! The patio is also equipped with a small bar area, but it was not open when we were there and not much seemed to be happening.
Still, it was great to spend some time 'in the air' enjoying the views and catching the breezes. While we were up there, we saw a horse wading along the shoreline in the photo, headed toward the lodge all by himself, just out for a good time. Crooked Tree village has quite a few cattle, pigs and horses wandering here and there in it's various small fields, and this horse seemed to be very relaxed and not the least bit concerned with anything! Although there are crocodiles in the creeks that feed into the lake, they don't normally reside in the area of the lodge. Our accommodations block is the shown in the background.Related to:
Bird's Eye View Lodge: Meet the Other Guests
All meals at Bird's Eye were eaten in the dining room shown here. Miss Verna had the seating pre-arranged for the different groups of guests, mixing us in with a few of the other 'odd' couples who were not part of a larger group. On our first evening there (6:30 PM is the set time, as darkness falls) we sat with an American couple from South Dakota and with a couple from Massachusetts the next night. This was a good idea, because it was fun chatting to these people and comparing stories. We ended up going on the bird-watching boat trip the next morning with the South Dakotans and the day after that hitched a ride to San Ignacio with the other couple! Miss Verna and her staff kept a close eye on things to make sure that all was running smoothly.
Favorite Dish: Juices, soft drinks, water, beer and wine were available from a cooler located in the dining room, with each drink being added onto the standard meal rate.
Food was served buffet style with a limited selection of dishes for the various courses, with something different the following evening. Our first evening meal (a standard US$12 pp, drinks extra) was quite good, consisting of Pork & Beef Stew, gravy, rice, vegetables and pie served with ice cream, along with red or white wine in our case. We finished the meal off with a free sample of locally produced 'cashew nut' wine, which tasted like Port. The second evening meal was even better, with Mozzarella & Tomato slices for an appetizer, honey-glazed pork, chicken roast, curry potatoes, cheese squash, salad vinegrette and pie with ice cream again.
We were a little disappointed with breakfasts (US$10 pp) because they used some sort of fake bacon that did not taste like bacon at all, as well as orange juice concentrate. However, the fried egg covered in a salsa mixture, along with a piece of cream cheese, fresh 'fry jacks' for bread and Coffee was not too bad. A continental breakfast was also available for US$5 and it included fruit slices as well.
We never did have lunch (US$10) there because we arrived during the afternoon and had a late breakfast the next day, after we had finished our early morning bird-watching expedition.Related to:
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