Day 4 – Bass Lake

Day 4 - Bass Lake
Karen overlooking Bass Lake from the boat. When planning our trip and deciding what to do at the lake and when, we made sure that when renting a boat for half of a day, we did it in the afternoon instead ...

Day 3 – Yosemite

Day 3 - Yosemite
Half Dome from Yosemite Valley. No pictures do it justice compared to seeing it with your own eyes... wow! We had planned an "all-day" trip to Yosemite Valley, but after talking with the gentleman who rented us our cabin, we considered first driving ...

Day 2 – Nelder Grove

Day 2 - Nelder Grove
Bull Buck is a massive tree in Nelder grove. Not too many Sequoias here and they are spread out. We purposely did not have anything planned for our first day, but I had an idea. There is a ...

Day 1 – The Drive

Day 1 - The Drive
Our cabin in Oakhurst on our Yosemite/Bass Lake vacation Taking kids on a long drive can be a little anxiety inducing, especially when they haven't been on a car ride of that particular length before. I am happy to say that with one ...

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 ...