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Apr 18, 2014 - Cloud Forest Adventures

Two full days at the Savegre Hotel and Spa in the cloud forest with great weather! glorious! Two jeeps came for us to take us up to the near top of the closest mountain, at over 10,000 feet and after birding, we were to walk down the road back to the hotel. The path called Le Robles (the forest) was a good one and lots of little birds were found by the birders. I found bamboo, palm trees, vines, and flowers to my liking. but after walking again in the hiking boots, I had to wimp out and take a jeep ride back along with 5 others. The...

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Apr 16, 2014 - Costa Rica - Day 6

We had to leave Rancho Naturalista after breakfast, and all the staff were out front to wave goodbye to us. What a great place! We stopped at a shopping mall around 9:30 so that people could use an ATM and do some grocery shopping. Most all of us decided that the salsa we have been eating with our rice and beans and meat was good enough to give as gifts, as it is like a barbeque sauce instead of what we call salsa. People purchased coffee as well. Some bought wine to drink in their rooms since we all retire around 7:30 PM! the other stores...

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May 8, 2010 - San José

Last amazing breakfast at Coral Hill then taxi to town for bus at 9.30. Luckily they reopened the road to SanJose today so the bus only took 4.5 hours instad of 6pm. Checked in to hotel - had the most expensive, most gross plate of pasta ever then chores showers & bed ready for early pick up tomorrow...

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Sabbatical No 2

Aug 1, 2009 - heart broken

Hello all, I left LaFortuna this afternoon and am now in liberia. It's been a sad couple of days, besides having to say goodbye to Amber last night, then most of the rest at 6am this morning, and then the straglers that left at 10am and me at 1:30pm there's been a lot of tears. I almost ended up bringing a dog home with me, hence my broken heart. She's about a year old and so far I've been calling her Peketo Chica, little girl, she's the chihuahua cross I mentioned in my last update...she's about a year old, has a horrible underbite, and so...

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Turtle Trip!

Jul 20, 2009 - Sea Turtle Conservation Project

I made it to San Jose with no problems last night. What an incredibly beautiful country to drive thru, although I would definately not recommend driving on your own! The roads are small and windy and because you are going thru mountains, long hard climbs and long down slopes. I think San Jose is the worst place in the world for driving! Almost all the streets are one way streets so you literally have to make 3 turns to get going in the direction you want to go in! It's crazy! But the driver from Interbus shuttle was fantastic, and the ride...

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Turtle Trip!

Jul 15, 2009 - getting ready to leave

This is my first entry! Hmmm, thought I already entered this but I seem to have lost it so here I go again! I am almost certain I over packed but couldn't stop myself! It was a very stressful night! I packed the original bag, went to bed at midnight...got up an hour later, unpacked and downsized the contents, then repacked into a smaller bag. It did fit everything but barely...went back to bed...got up a short time later because it occurred to me I might want to bring stuff home with me and I'd have no room in the current bag! Unpacked and...

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Turtle Trip!

Jun 25, 2009 - San José

"Adventure is worthwhile." Amelia Earhart This morning, we were able to take the public bus back to Manuel Antonio. We decided to stay at the beach outside of the national park for the day. Before picking out a spot, we did some last minute shopping at the stands set up on the sand. Then, we rented two beach chairs and an umbrella for a few hours. We spent time relaxing, watching the locals play soccer, and drinking juice straight from a coconut. We left the beach around 2 to catch the public bus back and meet up with our group. We started...

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Jun 23, 2009 - Manuel Antonio National Park

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide After breakfast at our hotel this morning, we met up with our naturalist guide, who we hired to show us around the Manuel Antonio National Park. This park consists of 1700 acres of land mass and 135,906 acres of marine reserve. Although it is the smallest of the 20 national parks in Costa Rica, it is the most visited conservation area in the country. Our guide, Johan, met us at our hotel, and took the public bus with us to the park. As soon as...

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Jun 22, 2009 - Quepos

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.” Henry David Thoreau This morning, we boarded a private bus to take us to our next stop, Quepos. We made good time and arrived in town in the early afternoon. After changing into our swimming suits, we headed into town for lunch. However, by the time we finished eating, it was pouring down rain and it did not stop all night! So much for hitting the beach in Manuel Antonio! We met up with our group for dinner at an Italian place in...

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Jun 16, 2009 - Rara Avis

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” - Ralph Waldo Emerson After reorganizing our bags for our trip into the jungle, we woke up early this morning to catch a boat ride out of Tortuguero. On the ride, we spotted three types of monkeys, sloths, bats, jesus lizards, and various birds. The boat dropped us off at a random spot along the river were a van was waiting to take us to the base camp of Rara Avis. We began our journey into the jungle by travelling along the Tortuguero and La Suerte...

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Jun 11, 2009 - San José

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -- Helen Keller Kelly and Laura are officially off on a Costan Rican adventure! Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. On this GAP adventure, we plan to explore rainforests, beaches, and volcanoes as we travel around the country starting in the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, San José. Over the course of the next two weeks, we will be traveling from one side of the country to the other. We will start on the northeastern coast along the Caribbean...

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Feb 4, 2009 - San José, Irazu Volcano

I typed this once and lost it so hopefully it works this time. we wanted to see the Poas Volcano but it won{t be open for a long time due to the recent earthquake. We woke up this morning to the most miserable weather possible in the ¨not as rainy season¨. Lovely The fogged windows made views impossible from the bus ride up the volcano. When we got to the top it was pouring rain. Oh well. We´re likely not coming back so we decided to hike it and got totally soaked seeing a view of.....black ash. It was way too foggy to see the crator. Our...

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