Afterthoughts on pre-thoughts

Afterthoughts on pre-thoughts
I love to travel. I haven't been on a trip like this since I went to Europe when I was 14. I know what a wonderful experience being immersed in other cultures, locales, and ways of life were for me, and I very much wanted to not only experience that again, but provide that experience ...

General Impressions, upon reflection

General Impressions, upon reflection
I wanted to capture some general thoughts I had about our trip. Lowlights: None Highlights: Selvatura Park zip-ling and suspension bridges La Fortuna Waterfall and hike Isla Chorta Kaya Cacao Plantation tour Arenal Volcano from our room at Arenal Paraiso. Pictures don't do it justice... it loomed large right in ...

Bittersweet… going home.

Bittersweet... going home.
Om our last day in Costa Rica, Dylan and I awoke earlier than Aidan and Karen and went to get breakfast. Unlike the first morning at Hotel Robledal where food was set out buffet style, this morning food was made to order. It was Costa Rican Mother's Day and there were decorations all around the ...

Oh what a meal!

Oh what a meal!
I was disappointed that Emanuel was so busy, because when I spoke to him when we arrived in Costa Rica, he told me that the day we would be leaving (8/15) was the Costa Rican Mother's Day, and maybe we could plan something special for Karen. Since he was busy he was unavailable, however Dylan ...

Leaving Samara; Driving to Alajuela

Leaving Samara; Driving to Alajuela
We woke up, ate breakfast, and gathered our things, but before we had finished packing, we were interrupted by a troop of howler monkeys climbing through the trees around our villa. It was late enough in the morning that there was no howling going on; we speculate they were foraging. They ended up in some ...

Last Night In Samara

Last Night In Samara
Unfortunately it has been a little more than a week that I am coming back now and finishing this up, so my recollection is fading, which tells me that there wasn't anything terribly eventful about this night. We had noodle bowls for dinner again, Nacho came up to the patio and kept "sneaking" in the ...

Playa Samara Beach Time

Playa Samara Beach Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i84khUp-zjA After lunch (and the rain) we headed down to the beach. The tide was low so the water was aways out. Karen shlepped into town to rent some boogie boards, which she managed to do for $6 for two as opposed to the $20 they wanted. The boys enjoyed the boogie boarding, but after ...

Samara Day Three, and rain… lots and lots of rain.

Samara Day Three, and rain... lots and lots of rain.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30yBXmrjHrY We awoke to rain... steady, constant, unending rain. It was actually quite nice as we had no plans at all for the day. We had decided we would have beach and pool time and that was it. Karen cooked eggs for breakfast, and after we ate, she laid in the hammock, and I sat ...

End of Samara Day Two

We had no intention of cooking dinner after our Isla Chorta adventure, so we decided to walk into town to find a place to eat. We stopped at the first place we came to, which it turns out was just down the street from the hotel, across from Palí. There was a sign outside showing ...

Isla Chorta

Isla Chorta
The Island turned out to be even cooler than I could have thought and we had it all to ourselves. The first thing to notice were the hermit crabs... not a handful, not hundreds, but THOUSANDS! Every size and shape and they were everywhere. Alex took us over to a rocky area that housed some ...