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Published: January 2nd 2017
Sometimes I don't know if its a sea fan or a coral.
WRAPPING UP WEEK ONE
Sarina and I continued to dive daily in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste. In all I did eleven dives, including one night dive. The night dive was easier than I expected. It is hard to keep track of your buddies, watch your gauges for depth and time, control a camera and a dive light and still have a hand for controlling ascent and buoyancy. You must hold your hand in the light when communicating with sign language in the dark. Still, it went surprisingly well. I was comfortable. I even had time to appreciate the phosphorescence in the dark waters. Thanks to Sarina scoping out critters I even got a few good photos.
The day after Sandy’s mishap, we all went to Cortez Falls. It was a tricky walk over rough trail, through a small rocky stream, and over logs. Through it all Sandy never complained…in fact she was a ray of sunshine.
The falls were beautiful despite a young man bursting from the bushes and racing to the water full-Monty. We hiked up and up. Finally coming to a hot spring…although not as hot as I expected. I took
They come in all sizes...the same fish changes colors according to maturity.
lots of photos…without a disk in my camera.
The following day, following our dives, Sarina drove Suzanne and me to another hot springs. Sandy was feeling some discomfort and chose to stay at the apartment. Shane stayed with her.
Sarina found the hot springs but it wasn’t open. We should have called. It was Sunday. When the road turned to dirt we decided not to continue on to another hot springs. Instead we went into the little town of Liberia and parked on the street next to a popular park, and the site of a Festival of Lights parade. The parade featured dancing horses. Suzanne filled us in with information about how the horses are trained and what the judges look for when judging them…one is how well they keep time to the music, which is loud and festive.
The horses are reined in to get a tight arch to the neck and their hooves beat a staccato rhythm. They are beautiful. But it was very hot and there was quite a big crowd, lots of noise, and I felt it must be stressful for the horses. We had snacks and ice cream and watched
Sometimes a baby can steal the show, but these men have a story to tell. I like the horse hair decorations on the chest of the rear horse.
horses and riders for at least three circuits around the park. We did a little shopping for souvenirs and headed back to Coco Beach. Sandy and Shane joined us for pizza and drinks at a little beachside restaurant.
The next morning, after drying our gear, we packed up and said our goodbyes. Sarina volunteered to take me to the bus in Liberia. Sandy and Shane were meeting Sarina and Suzanne at the car rental after a little more shopping. Sarina helped me get my ticket…she is very capable…I have little to no Spanish. After hugs all around, we parted. Many thanks to Sarina Elliot and her family for allowing me to join them on their vacation in Costa Rica. I am continuing on to San Jose, a five hour bus ride, for another week in Costa Rica. The rest of the group is on the way back home.
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