FC: A Tale of Adventure
1: Costa Rica 7/15/2007 - 7/21/2007
3: After meeting up in the States and flying to San Jose, we headed to the surfer town of Jaco. The beaches were as gorgeous as the seafood was fresh.
4: The next day we decided to head inland to check out the cloud forest. This involved taking several looooooong bus rides... but we did devour a huge plate of fresh fruit covered in sweetened condensed milk.
5: Here's Dad enjoying some shaved ice, syrup, and condensed milk powder on the beach at Puntarenas. We ended up spending a few hours hanging around due to a conflict in bus schedules...as in, the times on the sign conflicted with the reality of how the buses were actually run!
7: Santa Elena
8: We headed up the mountains to the beautiful town of Santa Elena, which is nestled in the Monteverde Cloud Forest National Park. This would serve as our home base for the next few days. | We both purchased hand made jewelry from this local artist. He worked and lived in his studio, and used things he found in the rainforest to create his art.
9: Here's Dad going across a huge valley...we figured that the highest cables were what, half a mile high? A mile? CRAZY!!
10: Dad in action... across valleys, through the jungle, even over rickety bridges.
11: We found the best food at a tiny house next to the place where we stayed. Home cooking is universal. Oh, remember the roads??
12: We had to hike a ways to get to the falls. Along the way, we found some coffee plants...who knew something so vile could come from something so nice looking... | We took a horse ride to a local farm that had one of the tallest waterfalls in the region.
13: The waterfall was too big... | to fit in one shot. I can't describe how amazing it was.
15: La Fortuna
16: We left the jungle for La Fortuna, nestled at the bottom of Mount Arenal, an active volcano.
17: The weather turned cloudy as the night progressed, but we were able to explore the town and have some pizza before the rain set in. The second photo is of the volcano through the bus window. See the lava??
18: How's that for a summer home?
19: After that, we headed back to San Jose, where we found seedy markets, questionable neighborhoods, and a Mexican restaurant where we got to have tacos "south of the border". For some reason, I don't seem to have any photos of the place we stayed, or anything in San Jose for that matter... Ah well, we'll have to take some next time!! I love you Dad. Thanks for an amazing trip.