Monday, May 21, 2012

The trip to La Fortuna.

 Heading back across the gulf i just relaxed a bit.  We had to leave really early to catch the ferry and there really weren't any food places.  i ended up grabbing some weird chinesey- central american stir fry thing.  Really I should have held out for some meat on sticks.  yum meat on sticks!
 Once we were across we hopped on our route.  Or so we thought.  It actually took a really long time to get to the next place to stay which was in La fortuna.  We had to stop for directions at a place who had this awesome bridge out back!

 The trip was super pretty but the winding roads made me want to puke for about 3 hours.  This is the volcano lake and basically we drove to the other side.  Cows just hang out on the side of the road.

 There are also these funny critters.  Coatimundi.  They are like raccoons and very social.  They know the game so they swarm the road in packs and come to the car begging for food.  I love them and wanted to bring one home but Scott wouldn't let me.

Monkeys! Next stop, the volcano

 Monkeys!  There were right out in front of our hotel compound.  They make this loud roary sound though they are howler monkeys.  I think they should be roaring monkeys or grunting monkeys.  Look at photo 3 and you will be able to see giant monkey balls.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Zip Line! Montezuma, costa Rica

 The view down the line
 Getting ready!
 Dad goes first!
 I don;t like rides OR heights but I did it for the sake of family time.  I almost cried once and I also had a heart attack but I made it!  PS- ladies, wears shorts.  A skort does not work well.

 There was a swimming hole halfway.  If we knew about how hard it would be to climb the steps back to the line we probably would have skipped it.  not really, but it was pretty deep in the ravine!

I recommend the zipline if you ever come across one.  It isn't something I want to do always but it was well worth the money and time! Dad and Scott said "i could do this every day!

Mal Pais, up the road from Santa Theresa

 Scott fishing at the "Secret Beach" in Mal Pais.  It wasn't so secret but it was pretty empty.
 While Scott fished I explored.  Let me assure you this was NOT the place to be wearing flip flops.  I made it out but it was tricky!
 This is a cave entrance and it was full of bats!  I have my rabies shot so I wasn't too worried.  Don;t get me wrong, I did not antagonize them or anything.  This picture is silly because i had to take it with a timer.  The camera was balanced on jagged rocks and shells and I had to scurry along the jagged rocks and shell (in my flip flops).
 The trees are dangerous here.  spiky thorns!  EGADS!
 And the leaves are giant. 
Sunset from town.  We ate at one of the only terrible restaurants in Costa Rica just a block from here. At least we got a pretty sunset though!  Mal Pais has really nothing except some secluded places to stay and some nicer restaurants which are also tucked away from the road.  We went to the fish camp where you can rent a boat and Scott tried his hand at fishing.  It was either the wrong time of the day or the wrong bait but we all know Scott can catch the hell out of some fish normally.