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Day One of our Family Immersion Trip to Costa Rica!

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Click on the video above to watch the first leg of our trip to Costa Rica in June/July of 2021!  Or read below for the nitty gritty details and fun! T hursday, June 24, 2021 (Part 1)   Traveling to a new destination is always a thrill for me.  When you take that first step out of the airport will you be hit by a wave of wet heat that curls the fine hairs around your neck, or will the dry heat crack your parched lips?  When you breathe in that first breath of air from a new place will the smell remind you of places you have visited?  Will it be so unique that you won’t be able to place it?  Will the noises be those of people shouting for your attention for a taxi or of cars honking their horns out of impatience?  You don’t know until you get there, and you may not appreciate those as thrills because the anxiety of not fully knowing what comes next may get in the way.   When traveling to a place you have been before there can be a feeling of relief.  It is the relief of knowing what come

Day One of our Family Immersion Trip to Costa Rica! Part 2

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 Watch the video below to see what we experienced in the second half of our first day in Costa Rica! Thursday, June 24, 2021 Part 2 There are hot springs, waterfalls, and mud pots everywhere in this area so we caught a free shuttle from our hotel over to Rio Negro where we were greeted by an attendant who had complimentary towels for us to use.  We broke away from the crowd and went across the street to find waterfalls.  The path was an easy walk, although some of it was uphill.  We saw marching ants carrying leaves to their queen and blue morpho butterflies.  These butterflies are the size of birds and the tops of their wings are a brilliant blue.  There were at least two butterflies flitting about in the sunshine through the trees.  There are four waterfalls along this path.  We chose the last waterfall to swim in.  It doesn’t look all too big or imposing, but it packs a big punch!  The kids struggled against the current to stand in the falling streams of water.  They absolutely love

Costa Rica-Day Seven-January 2021-Monkey Bar, Cacique Guaro, Beach Massages, Pura Vida!

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  Day Seven- Friday Our final day in Costa Rica was spent at the pool and beach on the resort property. We sat on the beach watching the waves roll in enjoying the smell of the ocean air, the sound of the waves crashing, and the feel of the hot sun beating down on us. We always say we are trying to soak it all in but it never seems to stay with us long enough to hold us over until the next time. When the sun became too strong we walked the dirt path to the pool. We set up our chairs, lathered on the sunscreen, and prepared to relax. It wasn’t long before we were in the pool cooling off. Ry went to yoga and I hung in the pool chatting with new friends. When Ry came back it was time for more sunscreen and water aerobics. The instructor had met us on the first night and knew us by name. He had been trying to recruit us for activities and when we gave him the thumbs up for aerobics he told everyone in his microphone that we were finally joining in. We alternated between the pool and the ch

Costa Rica-Day Six-January 2021-River Cruise, Rain forest hike, Volcano and Hot Springs!

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  Day Six Thursday Streams of light zig-zag their way through the dense forest canopy. The lucky beams that make it to the forest floor reflect softly off of the small collections of water left from the earlier rain. There is no silence or absence of activity in the rain forest. It is alive with sound. The rush of forceful waters cascading down the side of a hill into the stream below. The sweet chatter of birds back and forth high overhead. The rustling of deep emerald green leaves along the path as a gentle breeze floats through. The squeal of a monkey as it flings itself from tree to tree taunting another in an effort to play. Then there are the sounds you can’t quite discern and can only imagine once your eyes lock on an image. The skittering of harry tarantula legs as they push their oversized body deeper into the fresh damp earth. The twitch and faint flutter of bat wings as they adjust themselves during their daytime slumber on the truck of a large moss-covered tree. The march o

Costa Rica - Day Five - January 2021 - Horses on the Beach

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  Day Five - Wednesday Apparently we are incapable of sleeping in while on vacation! 5am and we were awake! We decided to take a walk on the beach before breakfast opened. It was very peaceful with large waves lapping the shore. We walked in the opposite direction from the other day where the beach is much shorter. One thing we found was that there must be a lot of ground water flowing into the ocean from the shore. We watched as the waves rolled up and then retreated back where they came from but water continued to flow through small rivets toward the salty water. If you stood in the water that was continuously flowing you would notice the temperature difference especially at its place of origin. It was much warmer than the ocean water. It is such an odd thing!! After our walk we had breakfast, inquired about horse back riding on the beach, and then changed in preparation for our new adventure. We were met on the beach by a young lady, Lettie, who led us back down a trail near the mas

Costa Rica- Day Four- January 2021 - Sugar Cane, River Cruise, and Rum!

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  Day Four- Tuesday Since we have been on the go I talked Ryan into having breakfast and sitting out by the pool first thing. Bellies full we enjoyed the morning sun. It was a hot sun bearing down without the softening of cloud cover. Within 10 minutes we were dripping in sweat and jumping in the pool. We alternated laying in our lounge chairs listening to books and jumping in the pool for about two hours before we showered off and dressed fir our next adventure. We met people from Harbour in the lobby and boarded a bus. Our first stop was lunch. We found ourselves going down gravel bumpy roads (which were still better then main roads I have been on in Uganda and Guatemala) through some small colorful towns. All of which had a school, a church, a grocery store, a bar, and a park area. The homes were concrete with fencing outlining their property, some with barbed wire on the top. Each home had a small porch with a chair or two, beautiful flowering plants growing around the perimeter an

Costa Rica - Day Three - January 2021 - Waterfalls, Coffee, and Fun!

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  Day Three- Monday We were awake before the alarms. We had plenty of time to get ourselves ready and down for breakfast. Because of Covid there aren’t many eating establishment choices so we ate at the same buffet as the night before and had our temperatures checked. So much food! They always have plantains so I am happy because they are my favorite! We went up the stairs to the lobby and our Delta Rep- Owen was waiting for us. We loaded up into a van that reminded us of the van that our current favorite you tubers Kara and Nate have (but theirs is turned into a home and ours had rows of seats). Elias was our guide for the morning. He was so knowledgeable and informative! It was awesome to be able to learn so much about Costa Rica from him. On our way to our first stop we saw cattle vultures and ducks. Many of the birds we saw were actual “snow birds” that we see in Michigan during spring summer and fall. They migrate here during the winter. We also found out that the quetzal bird whi