December 2017
  • Day7

    Sloth sightings

    December 29, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    In honor of my running group..

    Team Sloth
    We'll get there when we get there!

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  • Day6

    Day 8, goodbye

    December 28, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Just a little shout-out to all the friends and families we met on this trip. You were all terrific! Thanks to Clarence, our guide, and Lolly, the best driver I have ever seen! The 28th was his birthday, Happy Birthday Lolly!

    Random pics that didn't make the cut before, including the dragonfly on the croc this time!!
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  • Day6

    Day 7, Aerial Tram

    December 28, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    I'm not exectly sure where the tram was located, but it was a relaxing ride in a ski-lift type gondola through the forest canopy. Our guide was not very happy with the two adult children (husbands) that made jokes the whole way. They were pretty funny though!

    Note the toucan in one of these pics. It is a rule that they always travel in pairs or more. The guide was ADAMANT about this. I wanted to buy a toucan stuffed animal in the gift shop and they wouldn't let me. They said I had to buy TWO!! (LOL!)
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  • Day6

    Day 7, Manuel Antonio - Beach 2

    December 28, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The other side of the peninsula had calmer waves, but my poor mom still got rolled in the sand by them! She wasn't even knee deep, but she couldn't get back up!

    Also, a pic of the hotel "lifeguard". The iguanas would surprise us with where they showed up!Read more

  • Day6

    Day 6/7, San Bada hotel

    December 28, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    There was a rooftop bar that we relaxed at while watching the most amazing sunset! We were told we might get some good sightings of birds in the morning so we went back early. Instead of birds we had a group of capuchin monkeys stop by!Read more

  • Day5

    Day 6, ice cream and crocodiles

    December 27, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Stopped for ice cream at Monteverde Cooperative (first pic) founded by American Quakers. Left behind one of the teens from our bus. We didn't even go back to get him!!

    Don't worry, another bus with our tour group called our bus and let them know we forgot him.  They brought him on to our next rendevous and I don't think he will ever live it down!

    The rest of the pics are from the crocodile and bird cruise on the Tarcoles River.
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  • Day4

    Day 5, JW Marriott, Guanacaste

    December 26, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Today was all about relaxing! We have had amazing buffet meals, swimming in a beautiful pool, a massage (so needed that!), and scouring tide pools for critters.

    Infinity pool, driftwood, sunrise, Christmas tree, Vienne at tide pool, a hidden crab in the tide pool.Read more

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    Day 4, Turtle Park

    December 25, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    We visited a center that is working to protect the leatherback turtles. The Caravan tour operation donates a portion of our costs to support these research and conservation efforts.

    The 2 researchers there were both American students working on their masters. Pics are of recently hatched turtles (these were not leatherbacks though), the researchers and the nesting pen where eggs are transferred after being laid, the beach where eggs are found, Pura Vida, and TJ running in the sandRead more