Of Course I Can Speak Whale

One of the great things about living off the coast of California, aside from the impeccable year-round weather and proximity to the Happiest Place on Earth, is the annual migration of gray whales as they make their way down to the breeding grounds in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.  For years, I’ve been wanting to witness these mammals in their natural habitat and a few weeks ago, thanks to a Living Social deal and a willing friend, I made it happen.

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30-Before-30: After Summer Update

Photo credit:  www.ohmyhandmade.com

Photo credit: www.ohmyhandmade.com

I’m almost to the halfway point and there are still quite a few items left to complete on my list.  Luckily, 2014 has really been my year and accomplishing goals has never bene easier.  Ok, so they’re not all exactly easy, but they have been coming together better than I could have ever imagined.  There’s a lot I’ve already written about, but some things didn’t seem big enough to warrant their own post.

To celebrate the return of sweaters and getting to wear boots for a week straight, I present to you the other items I was able to check off this summer.

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Adios, Costa Rica!

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Despite being woken up throughout the night requiring several trips to the bathroom, the morning from our balcony was absolutely gorgeous and no amount of stomach-ache could make me ignore it.  I couldn’t help but capture the glorious morning before the monkeys started howling and the mosquitoes started biting. Continue reading

Memories Made In Mud

After two fun-filled days in Tortuguero, it was time to pack our bags, hop in the boat, and head to our next destination: La Fortuna.  We made the rounds of the resort saying goodbye and expressing our gratitude to our friends at Mawamba Lodge and we were off, ready for the next adventure.

The boat ride back to the bus had us spying a crocodile and more spider monkeys, but the real treat was after we had boarded our bus and got an up-close look at not one, but two of our most coveted Costa Rican species.

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Shaking Frogs And Salsa Lessons

The thunderstorm raged through the night.  Rain pounded the roof and more than once, I awoke to the entire room illuminated from a lightning bolt.  It was wonderful.

The itinerary for our second day in Tortuguero included a nature walk through a frog pound and butterfly garden, all on the grounds of the Mawamba Lodge, followed by an afternoon cruise on the river where we would look for Costa Rica’s wildlife.  What we didn’t plan for was the rain.  Granted, we were the ones who decided to travel during the wet season so we knew what we were getting into.  Well, at least some of us.

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