S: Costa Rica Club Smed 2011
FC: COSTA RICA 2011
1: Club Smed 2011 After saving for 7 years and planning for one year our trip of a lifetime finally began on Feb. 17, 2011. All Smedings (except Jack DeJong) were able to attend (a true blessing in itself). So after driving to Seattle we met the rest of the family in San Jose and we were ready for our adventure. Our first stop : We all met atHotel Grand D'Oro San Jose, Costa Rica A beautiful 100 year old hotel. | We met the Ontario Smeds after a night flight and were excited to get on our way!
2: What are we getting into...?? Dust, dust, dust and then the roads. Pot holes, dirt roads, I think we were all abit scared.
3: BUT THEN WE ARRIVED AT THE WHITE HOUSE ALL WAS GOOD!
5: Finally settled and we very quickly were in vacation mode. Davin our favourite caterer came on Friday evening and we started our vacation in style
6: The guys spent the day fishing - poor Rick no fish but he saw a mantaray!
8: Horseback Riding Wow - what an amazing adventure Climbing mountains, forging rivers,galloping on the beach and even stopping in the middle of no where for a cerveza at a local cantina. Highlight was seeing a family of monkeys in the trees and then running full speed on the beach.
10: Snorkelling another adventure. It is amazing how many different creatures are in the water. Miko caught crabs for dinner!
14: We decided to cook for 2 nights -which was an adventure itself. Let's just say no Fortinos there.
15: ANIMALS AROUND THE HOUSE
18: WARNING: Not for the faint hearted | ZIP LINING
20: We ventured out to restaurants twice while at the White House. Our favorite was this restaurant in the middle of no where. The owner had caught the fish that day.
21: Costa Rica's Flowers It was amazing to see to see all these tropical flowers growing in the gardens of the house. BEAUTIFUL!
25: ATV's Another highlight was ATVing. The only real way to maneuvere the roads. Dust masks were a must and passenger's must hold on. The Best - the beach!
31: CLUB SMED 2011 COSTA RICA