The tables are set up for breakfast, and help has not yet arrived to cook. Beyond in the bar and upstairs is the lounge (complete with television for those who can't leave it behind.) The coffee we enjoyed is entirely grown, harvested, processed and roasted on the estate. Milk and cream is from the farm as well. In fact, other than a very few items, the vast majority of the foods and furnishings are locally produced.
Our first outing was the shortest, but most strenuous of all our side trips. We walked the road from the Lodge, crossed the river, then off onto a trail and up a steep, rocky outcropping.
Mary wanted to just relax in our chalet, so after lunch Tom and I headed out for a much longer walk to see the mini-hydro and Chusa Falls. The hydro project meant that the lodge went "on the grid" about 7 months ago. We learned from the guard who escorted us (silly us, we didn't know we needed a "pass" to enter the project) told us it was a huge savings for his family since they no longer needed to purchase fuel for their generator. Just wonder how whether they can afford the electric rates. :-/
This will be in the next post, Part 3.