Costa Rica!

We visited Costa Rica to see the Blatt family, now living there.

Peter at Parque La SabanaThe first evening, we participated in a Zumba class at the Escazu town park.


On the way to La Fortuna - the road was blocked. We thought there were two blockages, but it was actually just one (but we came at it from 2 directions). It made driving anywhere from our hotel much more difficult.


Us driving on the dirt road detourLunch in La Fortuna


At our hotel Princessa De La Luna - south of La Fortuna. Lots of tadpoles in this semi-drained poolThe most comfortable seats in the house


At the swimming poolAt the mud bath down by the river


A chair made out of old yokes for oxenThe kids enjoyed petting the cat, which was pregnant - you could feel her babies moving


The kids at the Soda Osires, the restaurant we went to all the time.Some red-eyed frogs mating


This toad definitely didn't want to be in the pictureFunny looking frog


These ants, called Bullet ants, are very large. Apparently the bite is very painfulThe patio


Our clothes, which never driedBreakfast at the lodge


Leafcutter ants were everywhere.A few scenes from the road




We did a zipline tour! Very exciting. Peter is all geared up to go.


Showing our true feelings


The tram that took us up was made in Austria


We had reasonable weather - the Arenal Volcano was visible at times




On some of the ziplines, the kids had to go down together, otherwise they would have gotten stuck (too light)Any last words?




We stopped at Los Laureles hot springs. Very nice, targeted towards locals, so much cheaper. We also met up with some other friends - Cathy and Branden, and their kidsThis picture makes sense if you look very carefully at the sign in the background




Leaf cutter ants make these cleared paths wherever they have their trails


Blue Jean frog in the trails around the lodgeWe got groceries at the Pali a lot. They had watchtowers in the parking lot - to watch the cars, I assume.


A Koati crossing


From the Observatory Lodge, where we did some walksTree ferns


I think this was called Travelers Rest - you can squeeze water out of the flower, and also you can put the water on your hair, it has a pleasant smellGood in the rain!


Refried beans come in these squeeze pouches here. Good for sandwiches!


At first we thought it was just clouds, but later it did seem that the volcano was actually smoking


WaterfallEverything got misted with water at the waterfall


I wrote on Kenny's jacket, through the mistIlana was bitten by an ant while in the hot spring, and got a severe reaction


We walked around the lodge, which was a former macademia nut farm


I think this may be a juvenile Green Basilisk lizardMore leaf cutter ants




Peter found these lacy leaf skeletonsEric, all dressed up for a hike. He does NOT like bugs!


Lots of bbqs were made out of wheelsA guy was building more rustic furniture for additional cabins at Princessa De La Luna Lodge.


Getting caught in the rain!Wilbur got us some fresh coconuts


Peter enjoyed the fresh star fruitBack in San Jose/Escazu - more Zumba!


Coconut juice at the marketAt the crocodile river


There was a whole slew of empty buildings on our drive to Manuel Antonio park


At the Hotel California outside of QueposTiming was tricky on this photo!


Massively deep gutters like this were everywhere. You really had to watch out.You can barely see the pool in the background


Yummy breakfast burritos at the hotelPracticing boogie boarding


In the water on boogie boards!


I ended up with a massive sunburn right above my bikini bottom - I see why!Benji showing some style!


Lining up at the beachMaking a boogie board fort


Peter the manmade mermaidThis toucan was right outside our hotel room


A collection of bits of leafs, cut from the leaf cutter ants. I'm not sure if these were rejects, or just a temporary repositoryHouseplants, growing in the wild


Cool seed podsNauyaca falls. It was far higher than when the Blatts were there.


Interesting looking plants. I remember the characteristic veins of leaves from plants in the Melastomatacae family