S: Costa Rica ~ 2011
BC: Pura Vida!
FC: Costa Rica 2011
1: The Farrells in Costa Rica
2: On the road to Puerto Viejo with Jorge
3: Stocking up on local food required all our Spanish - and sometimes more | narrow, bumpy roads . .
4: Imperial, the Costa Rican Beer | Planting "cebollos" - one of many additions to our Spanish vocabulary | Lots of "Soda..." (fill in your name)
5: Eat American or local? Local, of course. | Beautiful vistas
6: Irazu Volcano | Up and down many ridges... back and forth through many switchbacks
10: And finally- Banana Azul... | Mint vodka lemonade | CR coconuts - rum, coconut liqueur, coconut milk | Mai-tais
11: ..our home for the week | Our new best friend, Franklin | and the old standby - Imperial
12: A Day on the Water | "Come on, fishy, fishy."
14: Then the long walk home
15: with our dinner
16: 101 Ways to Fix Fish and Veggies | The chefs did a great job!
17: An Irish Toast to Grandpa Farrell's 92nd Birthday!
18: Many Walks into Town | Friendly locals
19: Little shops | Colors everywhere
20: Diving into Local Food | Our supermercado
21: ...with no worries about treatment for health emergencies | Street Food? No problem... | Explore
22: Our Next Adventure - A "Canopy Tour"... | Purely for educational purposes, of course
23: Some of us were definitely more relaxed than others! | Important instructions - Are you getting all this?
24: Lots of hills and steps to climb | Do not start spinning!
25: ...and then - zinnnnnnnng! | Do not brake too soon - OR too late.
26: But we all lived to tell the tale... | 17 times
27: ...and were smiling.
28: On our way to another adventure -
29: A boat ride into Panamanian waters | There it is!
30: Some time for scuba and free diving . . .
33: And then some beach time
36: Whitewater Rafting - | First, some practice | "Paddle! Paddle! Paddle!"
37: Fun for all... along with terrifying for some | "Left,back! Right, forward!" | The most important - "Get down!!!"
38: Occasionally ''cowering on the bottom''
40: WE were good - 2 360s in one rapids.
41: We were underwater!
42: A great shore lunch...
43: ...and some relaxing times on the river
45: But we made it!
46: A Day at the Rescue Center
49: Will he fit in my carry-on?
50: That still left time for
51: relaxing on the beach...
54: Then there was the body-surfing- slamming- pounding -
55: aka - full-body black volcanic sand exfoliation.
56: Banana Azul - great places to relax
57: New Friends
59: No windows, no doors...
60: ...but so much to see and do
61: "Para nosotros? Perfecto!!" | Banana Azul & Puerto Viejo -
62: One more road trip together as we head back to San Jose - kids are going home,
63: and Mom and Dad are on the road to Mount Arenal.
64: We spent much of the next 4 days relaxing and watching the clouds on the top, as they teased us by lowering and raising...
65: ...but never quite enough to see the top of the volcano. | Lake Arenal
66: We did lots of hill climbing to explore and to eat. | No mountain visible today
67: The view from the dining room
68: A great memory...
69: ...but it's time for the trip back to San Jose | With steep roads, dropoffs, fog and rain, the ride was even scarier than usual.
70: So many interesting sights and good pictures -