Samara – First Night

Samara - First Night
We arrived around 2:30 in the afternoon, which was the earliest we had managed to arrive at any of our hotels. That is when we encountered our first "oops" of the trip. Apparently the owner was away and the reservations got a little confused. the staff had given our room to someone else, and we ...

The drive from Monteverde to Samara

The drive from Monteverde to Samara
Leaving Monteverde was better than arriving, not because the asphalt elves had magically paved the road, but because I knew what to expect. We drove for a while and Karen was looking for wildlife. At one point, we stopped to take a picture of the landscape, then she spotted a  toucan and we stopped to ...

Good Food, Good Wine

After our adventure in the cloud forest, we returned to our hotel where we relaxed a little bit. The boys ran out to the playground and played for quite a while again... which again was good for them. Karen and I updated our journals and talked about our day. When it was dinner time we ...

Suspension Bridge Hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest

Suspension Bridge Hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest
After the zip-lining, I was experiencing what I called an adrenaline hang-over. Of course the entire time start to finish was more than two hours and I had not had any food or water during that time, so that may have played a role in the shakiness I was feeling. There was a restaurant there, ...

Zip-Lining through the Monteverde Cloud Forest

Zip-Lining through the Monteverde Cloud Forest
I don't know how much can be put into words about this experience... I have some video I will post when I am able, and some pictures too. The day started with a drive up more rock roads to Selvatura Park in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. This was where we were to have our zip-lining ...

First Night in Moteverde

First Night in Moteverde
The hotel was cute, and it had a little grass area and a play structure which was GRRRRREAT for the boys. They went out and played on the teeter-totter immediately. We saw a little restaurant right across from the hotel and since we could walk to it, we decide to eat dinner there. We ate ...

The Drive to Monteverde

The Drive to Monteverde
After Toad Hall, the drive started out pleasant enough. Karen even managed to get our first Howler Monkey sighting, "Monkey, monkey! Stop!" she shouted. I pulled over and we got out to peer in the tree above, and there he was... just hanging out, watching nothing in particular, doing nothing in particular. We took pictures ...

La Fortuna to Toad Hall

La Fortuna to Toad Hall
We had our last breakfast and said goodbye to the sloth (that we had nicknamed Mr. Itchy). We climbed in the car and began the dive to Monteverde.At first the drive took us around the volcano, and then along Lake Arenal. The lake was very long... And all along the way we kept seeing signs ...

La Fortuna Day 2

La Fortuna Day 2
This was the day that we did not have any plans... So Karen suggested we go on a Chocolate Plantation tour. Since the tour was after lunch, we decided to drive to it first so we would know where it was. That proved pretty easy. Next we drove into town with the goal of exchanging ...

The rest of La Fortuna Day 1

The rest of La Fortuna Day 1
After the horseback ride we returned to the Hotel, cleaned up, and then went into town for lunch. We chose a restaurant where I had a traditional Costa Rican meal, Casado. It was a large portion, but the meal ended up being rather costly... that is one thing that strikes me about Costa Rica... the ...