FC: 2 0 1 3 | Costa Rica
1: ADVENTURES IN | Costa Rica | ______ | "Pura vida" literally means “Pure life” but it’s more like a way of life. In Costa Rica, it symbolizes the idea of simply enjoying life and being happy. We heard it everywhere. It became our hello and our goodbye....PURA VIDA!
2: The road less traveled turned out to be our route to the BEACH! Off-roading beachside to get to Santa Teresa. On the beach and through the water, oh and over the driftwood we go!
5: "Few vacations are as gratifying as those devoted to personal growth." PAT KOCH THALER | _____ | Costa Rica carries a fascinating ecological story, woven into the history of a peaceful and family-oriented culture
7: Santa Teresa is a small town in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica. It's about 150 kilometres west of the capital city of San José. | Santa Teresa | ______
9: MARIPOSA HOMES | _____ | Casa Ying Yang; Casa Iguana and Casa Pelicano - our dream home away from home on surf friendly white sand beaches in a gated private compound beautifully accommodated all 18 of us. Sheer Heaven.
11: Marta Marques
19: Playa | _______ | Ahh the good life Pura Vida! Left to Right: Bryan Carl Robert, 12 Caroline, 13 Travis, 20 Austin, 22 Nick, 16 Bryan Jeffrey, 16 Jeff Daniel, 22 Scott,18 John, 20 John O'Neill
20: Mal Pais - Santa Teresa – Nicoya Peninsula Region of Costa Rica | _____ | The sleepy beach hamlet of Malpais is a surfer's paradise. Malpais sits at the southwestern cusp of the Nicoya Peninsula, opposite Montezuma.
24: CURL | GNAR
25: ANGLING | HOTDOGGING
26: Jeff | ___ | Surfology...BACKSIDE: Surfing with your back to the wave, a goofyfoot going right, or a regularfoot going left. Jeff's obviously got working the backside down, with Travis trying to follow in his footsteps.
29: bryan | Surfology... CRABBING Well this one we had to make up...coz, well what else could you call it?
30: JOHN | Surfology... Pigdog Crouching low and grabbing the rail of a surfboard when going backside to hold the barrel or tube. Good start John - you'll be ready for the big barrel wave next!
32: Lauren & Randy
35: Working the DRAG...The effect that caused water flow to be slowed or disrupted as it passes along a surfboard's surfaces.
36: Austin | Surfology... POP-UP The process of a surfer getting to ones feet on a surfboard, just after catching the wave.
38: John | ___ | Surfology... LAYBACK A maneuver where the surfer leans back off his board, usually while in the barrel, or during a cutback.
40: Travis | ___ | Surfology... EXPOSURE... "A term used to describe how breaks within a region will pick up an incoming swell.
41: Or in Travis' case...A term used to pull up his pants so as not to be guilty of EXPOSURE!
42: Scott & Bryan
45: Surfology... PEELING A wave condition in which the wave breaks perfectly from takeoff all the way down the line, the lip creating a curve or arc of similar angle from start to finish.
47: Caroline | Fav expression... Life's a wave, just ride it. You GO Caroline!
48: COPY | Robert
49: Surfology... GROMMET A young surfer generally less than 16 years of age. Also known as a "GROM".
50: COPY | Robert
56: SUNSET | FUN AT
57: Fav memories: Sketchy bikinis, sunset yoga, thongs, topless girl on the beach
59: Bonfire | ____ | After a glorious day of surfing and beach time, our surfing crew fired up the bonfire to be enjoyed by all. PURA VIDA
67: Dining Out | ___________ | Whether it was dinner at Mary's in Malpais or one of our favorite spots on the beach, the food was fresh and delicious. Kudos to Karyn and our concierge, Marta for making arrangements because after these very active days, this crew was ready to chow down.
71: Tortuga Island | White sand beaches and tall arching coconut palms, Tortuga is everything you imaged a tropical island to be complete with its own ship wreck. | ______
75: Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love to explore a beach.
80: IN THE END, IT'S NOT THE YEARS IN YOUR LIFE THAT COUNT. IT'S THE LIFE IN YOUR YEARS. Abraham Lincoln
81: Hanging Out | _____________
86: Iguana meets motivated and determined Robert
88: Catch The Iguana If You Can: | Uncle Jeff rewards Robert with a $100 bet for catching an iguana. Way to go ROKO!
93: Zip Lines Costa Rica Style | ___________
94: Surf's Up
98: "Laughter is an instant vacation." MILTON BERLE
101: Playa Santa Teresa The Miracle Mile
104: LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU'RE LAUGHING
105: THE BEST IS YET TO COME
106: Evening Family Time Anna and a Rousing Game of Family Feud | _____ | Fav evening - Anna's delicious Costa Rican Chicken with fresh chimichurri sauce; David and Austin playing the guitar and Jeff hosting Family Feud!
108: Loosing team into the pool: Look who took the plunge for the team!
110: Yoga | Lauren's Morning YOGA | Favorite way to greet the morning! Lauren's soothing instructions, complimented by the sounds of surf and birds chirping.
113: Cherished family time... From Anna's memorable breakfast to keeping up with Baylor Bears and THe Aggies.
118: FILL OUR LIVES WITH HAPPINESS AND LAUGHTER LEAVING US MEMORIES TO TREASURE TODAY AND FOREVER AFTER.
121: WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT, THE GREAT ADVENTURE FINDS YOU.
124: Pura Vida December 27, 2013 to January 4, 2014 | _____