The Grandest Canyon Of All

The first time I saw the Grand Canyon, I was flying over it at 35,000 feet.  I was coming home from  visiting family in Louisiana when the captain came over the loudspeaker to announce that those of us on the right side of the plane would have a great view of one of America’s finest wonders.  Even from my viewpoint high above the clouds, I could tell that this canyon was spectacular.  Having never had a desire to visit it before, I quickly added the Grand Canyon to my list of must-see American sights.

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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

Coffee And Cocoa In Costa Rica

Photo credit: www.gomio.com

Photo credit: http://www.gomio.com

Early the next morning, we packed our bags and loaded the van to continue our journey through Costa Rica.  Not too long into the ride, we stopped along Lake Arenal to take pictures of the gorgeous landscape that we would be traveling around for the majority of the day.  The girls and I rushed across the highway for better photos and it was more painful than I thought it could be.

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The Girls Who Conquered A Volcano

Our second day in La Fortuna was arguably one of the busiest of the entire trip.  We started early and hopped from one activity to the next until we were completely exhausted.

Rising early, Karen and I headed down to breakfast to fuel up for our packed day.  We decided to indulge in an optional horseback riding tour.  Karen was excited for this opportunity having never been on a horse and I, never one to turn down an animal encounter, was game to explore Costa Rica by horse.  Worried about two silly girls on their own, Papa Carlos decided to join us on our morning ride so he could keep an eye on us.

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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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