Friday, July 23, 2010
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you can't tell- but those are a family of scarlet macaws flying overhead- taken on a beach in Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica on one of our 14 magical vacation days. what an awesome adventure we had! i journaled only a bit-here's some of my notes:
from our hotel in San Jose
costa rica day 1- july4th we stayed in SanJose overnight- rented a car & got lost driving on skinny, treacherously curvy roads through small communities. we had to turn around when a giant split in the road made us stop altogether! the 1.5 hour trip took us almost 3 hours- what an adventure!
once we arrived to our hotel (Los Suenos) we hand fed an iguana at the restaurant while we waited for the rest of the family to arrive.
part of the road from San Jose to Los Suenos
looking out over the pool at the Marriott, Los Suenos
the view from Hotel9 on Playa Jaco
day2- awesome day at the beach with the kids- we made a local friend, Carlos, age 8 from San Jose- we boogie boarded and dug holes the sand. Carlos was so sweet and had a wide smile on his face every moment! the sand at Playa Jaco was tiny pebbles and bigger rocks- but the water was super warm!
the afternoon found us in Esterillos Oeste to watch the boys surf in rougher waters- but the shells on the beach, soft sand and warm water were amazing!! i got quite badly sunburned but what a fabulous day!
day 3 we hung at the hotel pool most of the day while the boys surfed Playa Jaco again. then we took a quick afternoon trip with the kids to Neofauna- a privately owned butterfly, frog & snake zoo. we got to drive our truck thru some water and up a windy mountain road thru the hillside. the kids got to feed a monkey some plantain slices & i met a very friendly & beautiful parrot. the endangered Blue Morpho butterflies at the farm were breathtaking and something we'll never forget!
other highlights of our trip include an over 4km hike through the rainforest to a waterfall. we saw tons of poison dart frogs and lizards but the hike was by far our family's most difficult to date.
if you're interested in seeing some of my family photos from the trip-feel free to check them out here
we had an amazing vacation and have all returned recharged and rested- something we haven't felt for quite some time! if you ever get the chance to travel to Costa Rica we highly recommend it & we hope to get back there someday! this week we're trying to get back into our work/summer day routines and i'm looking forward to some crafty time very very soon!!