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Sandy and Di





This morning we left the hotel at 7:00am to head to Monteverde Cloud Forest (a tropical rainforest). There is all kinds of plants, birds and mammals (sloth, monkey, ocelot, and pizote) that can be found in this rainforest. The drive took about 3.5 hours and the last 1-1.5 hours was uphill, curvy, bumpy (partly unpaved) road. The parking lot at the reserve was full, but the adventure tour company had room in their lot and were shuttling people the last kilometer to the reserve. The tickets were $22 for each adult. We started our walk towards the waterfall and It was a beautiful easy walk. We could hear so many different birds singing. This took around 45 minutes. We then headed towards the other side of the park and the suspension bridge over the cloud forest. ... read more


We rented a car today with the goal of going to Palo Verde National Park. The rental came with a gps in which the lady put in the location of a boat tour. We really didn’t know what to expect. We were driving for about 30 minuets or more on a dirt farm road through sugar cane fields When we came up on an beautiful hacienda. We were met at the front of the house by a welcoming gentleman who did his best to get us to relax and belay or concerns of being in the wrong place. Turns out that it is a company that gives tours through the wetlands and a river boat tour and also runs a 20,000 acre sugar cane farm. We were expecting it to be maybe $20pp but it wound ... read more


When booking our airport transportation I also booked a tour with the same tour company, Maleku. It turns out that we had the great fortune to have our tour guide be the same person that we were coordinating with in advance. Eugenia definitely made this a special day! From the moment my wife and I got in the van, I knew we would be instant friends. Though she was born, raised and live most of her life in Costa Rica, her English is a perfect Midwest accent thanks to a year as a foreign exchange student. The adventure tour we booked was a day at Rincon de La Vieja Volcano Area which included a plethora of activities: horseback riding, zip lines, water slide, visit to the old fashion sugarcane mill, and visit to the old kitchen ... read more


This morning we took a shuttle bus from the Riu to Playa Coco. We had the option of taking a boat shuttle which would cost $20 round trip and take 15 min or the bus which was $15 round trip and took 30 min. We decided to take the bus because the first availability for the boat was not until 1pm as the boat only seats 8 people. We later found out the bus was the better option anyway because the boat passengers are let out a few feet off the beach in the water, as there is not a dock. The buses run every 2 hours and are very punctual. We took the 11:00 bus, the drop off/pick up spot for our shuttle was in front of Souvenir Sussy. We walked down Coco beach. It ... read more


Left on Southwest at 8:30 this morning from Dallas love. We were a little nervous Because my passport expires in less than 90 days. Often airlines won’t let you fly if it expires too soon. The person who checked it at love Field had to ask a supervisor. He came back and said it was OK and put a big red stamp on all of our boarding passes. A short layover in Houston and we were on our way to Costa Rica. Diana was still worried that they wouldn’t let me in to Costa Rica, but I figured since were arty there they probably would. Luckily I was right. We had pre-arranged for a private driver to pick us up at the airport in Liberia and take us to our hotel, the RIU Guanacaste. The ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona June 1st 2017

Sorry for the long delay with keeping up with the blog. The combination of limited Internet and long days are our excuse. We landed in Barcelona at about 10 AM and decided to take a taxi rather than a bus to our hotel. The bus would have been about 6 euro per person but all in all, even though the taxi meter showed 28 when we arrived at our destination, it wound up being a 46 euro trip. We checked into our hotel which was like an apartment. We had 2 bedrooms, a full kitchen, a washing machine, a nice living room and great air conditioning! If ever in Barcelona, I can recommend the Casp 74 Apartments as a great place to stay both for the accommodations and the location. After getting settled in, we decided ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens May 31st 2017

We got a late start today, getting packed up for our flight latter in the day. We took the train into Manhattan and went to the Chelsea Market for lunch. This is one of those places that has a ton of little restaurants that just have counters or bars and they generally specialize in a few things. At first everyone was sort of put out by all of the confusion and a lack of places for all of us to sit down (this city is just not setup for families of 5) but we managed to find a stand-up table where we could park. We all had different stuff. I had a Thai noodle bowl and Di had a Banh Mi sandwich. Both were awesome. We didn't get a ton done today, just a short visit ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens May 30th 2017

We headed back to the city today. With a short stop for breakfast at the Bagel shop. Even in the Hamptons the New York Bagels are great! After getting back we took the train into Manhattan to Times Square where we went to look for show tickets; more on that later. While Bob and I were waiting in line, everyone else went to the Hershey's store and the M&M's store. Way to expensive to buy anything. I was insisting on having some great New York Pizza for lunch, unfortunately we picked a real dud. It was way over priced and wasn't warmed up enough. After that we walked down to china town and burned a few hours milling around. We stopped again for some dim sum and beers and before we knew it, it was time ... read more


Had a slow day today, so I'll make this one short. We had INCREDIBLE lobster rolls at Bostwick's in East Hampton and went to the Montauk Lighthouse. The lighthouse was very interesting with a long and detailed history. It was actually commissioned by George Washington while he was president and used as a lookout during WWII. We also saw Jackie Kennedy's house (when she was growing up) and is for sale... 52 million dollars if you have some spare change laying around.... read more
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First day of our long vacation! We flew to New York this morning to visit Uncle Bob and Jim. After a short ride to Queens, we hopped into Bob's car and took of to East Hampton; a short three hour drive. Two funny things happened today. First, picking up Bob's car, we noticed a Fire bucket! And people say we're backwards in Texas... at least we have fire extinguishers!!! Second, we stopped at KFC on the way. I didn't expect to hear country music playing on the radio the whole time there; George Strait, Allen Jackson, and Toby Keith. The drive through the Hamptons was neat, it seems quaint with lots of wineries, antique shops and clothing stores.... read more




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