A great catch all saying the Ticos use, literally
meaning "the pure life." To translate to my interpretation, I borrow some
from Jon Bon Jovi- "Better stand tall when they're calling you out Don't
bend don't break baby don't back down It's my life, and it's now or
never I ain't gonna live forever I just wanna live while I'm alive My
heart is like an open highway Like Frankie said I did it my way I just
wanna live while I'm alive, 'cause it's my life..."
1st day, Friday 9th
American #1918 AUS 3:37pm to Dallas
Leaving Austin behind
#2167 Dallas 5:47pm to San Jose, Costa Rica
So I used as many miles to get my flight in first class as two coach seats
would have cost, and I paid the singles supplement/tax and would have multiple
beds in my room. Heck, felt like I was my own virtual date and paid
our stewardess in first class and a great person to have spent the beginning of
a journey with In all of my international flights I think I literally haven't
had a single alcoholic drink until this flight, not wanting to get dehydrated
and needing to keep all my faculties about me. I chalk these glasses of red wine
up to the new medical awareness of a glass a day may help keep the heart attack
former Navy Reserve officer, UC professor, and my seatmate We had many views
in common, and he comes to Costa Rica often and had the scoop on the nightlife.
So after grabbing dinner at the hotel I hit the town a little, but it wasn't
really my scene.
"Welcome to the rich coast, tranquil land of democracy and rare natural
beauty. With naturalist guides, see exotic birds and wildlife, hike in jungle
rainforests, view volcanoes, cruise by boat through biological reserves, relax
on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Caravan provides transfers from the San
José airport to the Barcelo Palacio Hotel.
Enjoy dinner." I would miss the 8pm welcome briefing.
2nd day, Saturday 10th Poás Volcano,
Coffee Plantation, San Jose Sightseeing
Depart 8am "Morning drive to the
colonial village of Alajuela. See the statue of the drummer boy, Juan
Santamaria, Costa Rica's national hero. Next, weather permitting, visit the
mile-wide crater of Poás Volcano, dormant since 1991. Return to San Jose for
lunch. See San Jose's Plaza de la Cultura, Central Park and the National
Theatre. Visit the National Museum, see pre-Columbian granite spheres and gold
and jade artifacts. Then, visit a coffee plantation. Coffee plants grow
particularly well in the climate of Costa Rica. Pick a few beans when in season,
try samples of fresh Costa Rican coffee. Enjoy dinner."
Me and Juan
Santamaria, drummer boy/national hero
At a coffee
National Museum Artifact from
the Museo de Oro Precolombino (Museum of Precolombian Gold)
3rd day, Sunday 11th San Jose - Braulio Carrillo National Park -
Rainforest Aerial Tram/Hike - Canal Cruise - Tortuguero
Depart 7am "Scenic morning drive through Braulio Carrillo
Park. Look for cascading water falls. Next a thrilling adventure into the
heart of the rainforest. Glide over and above the jungle canopy on Costa Rica's
world famous Rainforest Aerial Tram
Then with a naturalist guide enjoy a short rainforest hike on level terrain.
After lunch, take a boat cruise through rivers and canals to the 47,000 acre
Tortuguero Park, home to more than 300 species of birds. Watch for white-faced
monkeys and colorful toucans, kingfishers, parrots, and the rare green
macaw. Tonight, after dinner in Tortuguero, a naturalist gives a talk
introducing the rainforest." Stayed at Laguna Lodge right on the
What I tell my
Shelly and I
see big bugs The Tico family here actually sold the dead ones as souveniers
and several people on the bus bought them. They went through all sorts of
brainstorming the rest of the trip to try and keep them from smelling. Also
Shelly had some wonderful personality traits that are unfortunately hidden here,
but I would even hear other women complementing her on them.
baby sloth, now adopted and