“Don’t eat all the cookies on the first day” I always tell guests. You arrive at the camp having worked the last 11.75 months frothing for another surf trip. The last couple of weeks sleep has been fitful at best. You’ve been hitting the gym and trying to get in the water a little more often because you want to be ready for a week of waves. Once at the camp you can’t wait to wash the travel grime and Managuan diesel fumes off yourself. The waves are working out front and you waste no time…you’re in the water. It’s amazing, with all day offshore winds you can surf all day long…if you hydrate enough and get some food in you, a six hour session is totally possible…then a refuel and another 2 hour sunset session at pipes, this is amazing, an 8 hour surf day?!… That night you hit the rum, but just a bit as you want to get up early and do it again. Morning comes and the pounding of the swell wakes you up…you grunt as you sit up to go get coffee. Your legs feel wobbly and your lower back hurts just a bit. You cringe from pain and hear a crunching noise in your shoulder joint as you lift your arm to grab a coffee cup. Shuffling toward the ranch you’re convinced you have gout as you climb the stairs to check out the surf for the morning go-out. Setting in the rocking chair has your neck knotting up and it feels like a small brush fire is burning in your lower back/slash sciatic nerve. You’re starting to wonder if you’re going to be able to surf at all, much less pull off another full day. That’s because you ate all the cookies!”
Undoubtedly you’re wondering right now, “What do cookies and surfing have to do with each other?” Well allow me to explain; A week in Nicaragua is like a freshly baked batch of perfectly gooey chocolate chip cookies (or substitute any other treat of your choice, it could be a wheel of brie cheese, a brick of Belgium chocolate, or a large bottle of rum for this excercise). Of course you want to eat some of those delicious cookies and the more you eat the more you want more. In fact right now you could sit down and eat the whole plate of cookies and so you do. If you’ve got a big appetite, the last few might even go down easy and even taste good too. They might not taste as good as the first half dozen, but hey cookies are good right, so more is better. Of course after eating 13 cookies you might not feel so good. You’ve got a bit of bloating, maybe a tummy ache and a wicked sugar high only to be followed by a headache inducing crash into oblivion. You even have a sore tooth making you think a cavity has developed. You got the cookie monster syndrome.
The wiser person likes to eat cookies too…but prefers to savor them, he eats a few and then puts the cookies away for a bit. Maybe he has one more in the afternoon, but knows that in the morning, the cookies will be there and they will taste new again…fresh even, having been baked just the night before. The more frugal types might even ration those cookies so they last a whole week…and the whole week, every day of it, those cookies taste good. Sometimes the other guys are looking at his cookies, probing their aching tooth with a tender toungue and still they wish they had some more, but alas…they gorged on theirs…their cookies are gone along with the strength in their shoulders, the limberness of their joints and the frothing desire they had upon arrival. Only a lingering pain addled desire remains…a promise to themselves that in the future, they will hit the gym twice as hard and they will surf 5 mornings a week from now on.
Yes, here at Surf Tours Nicaragua you can eat all the cookies the first day…you can gorge yourself on cookies every day for that matter and, on a very rare occasion for a very special person, the last cookie will taste just as good as the first. From my experience though it’s best to savor the cookies, take your time. Get the cookies with most chocolate chips and check to bottom to make sure it’s not a burnt one. Cookies are good, but not a whole batch at a time…take a few and save some for tomorrow. You won’t regret it….at least not until two weeks after you’re back home at work, no time to surf or go to the gym and you’re thinking “god how good would a cookie be right now!”