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

Huge grasshopper

Monkeys at the beach

Bought some Mamon Chino/Rambutan off the street. It was the first time I'd tried them.

These little squares above the bed corners were absolutely deadly on knees. Very painful.

Scary looking palm tree at Manuel Antonio park

Racoons trying to eat our food

At the beach. The racoons were everywhere, trying to go for people's food.

The beach was delightful. Calm and warm.Large grasshoppers were EVERYWHERE.