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LAUNCHING THE 2016 TRIP I missed my summer trip this year, due to family business. When my friend, Sarina, mentioned at the dive club meeting that she was going to Costa Rica in early December and I was welcome to tag along I decided to do just that. I thought, “Diving Costa Rica will give me a jump start on another extended dive vacation.” Because I hadn’t been able to travel this past summer I kicked up my cold water diving activities. I decided to dive with my local dive shop on Thursday evenings. I also did a dive or two with the crew who maintains the Bruce Higgins Underwater Park in Edmonds. And our dive club’s Photo Safari contest kept me busy trying to find and take photos of three underwater critters that we were ... read more
A FRIEND IN THE DARK
ALABASTER NUDIBRANCH
SURPRISE!!


Although I’ve never served my country in armed combat, I feel like returning home from a long trip to far-away countries is in some ways very comparable to returning home from battle. Both provide a transformative experience that changes a person - sometimes in small, subtle ways and, other times, in big, barefaced ones. Yet, I would venture to guess that no one ever nonchalantly asks a hero freshly home from the front line, So how was it? But this is exactly the type of question that returning travelers face - questions that reduce an entire life-changing, mind-opening experience to a frivolous How was it? And travelers, unable to express an entirely new outlook in a passing conversation, have no choice but to respond with equally meaningless superlatives, Wonderful!It was awesome! Both parties leave the exchange ... read more
Coco Beach
Sunset Coco Beach
Dry Season


Costa Rica 2013: Day 10: Playas del Coco Day 3: Today we'd decided to head to the other nearby beach, Playa Hermosa. After coffee and a good breakfast of fresh fruit and toast with jam, we mounted up. From the map, there was a shorter route from the north end of Playas del Coco, instead of the main street and road we'd come in on the bus. It probably was shorter, but... As we left the town, we started to climb... and climb. It was so steep most of the way that we had to walk our bikes, and even take frequent rests. We finally reached the top, and had some great views of the our beach below. From there, we headed downhill, some of which was so steep we didn't dare ride, so we ended ... read more
All Uphill
Playas del Coco From Way Up
Manoli and Los 3 Amigos


Costa Rica 2013: Day 8:Monteverde To Playa del Coco: The hostel had set up a taxi for 5:30am so we'd get to the bus stop well before 6am. We were anxious to see the next place, so we had not problem getting up in time. When we arrived at the bus station, there were only a few other folks waiting, but by the time the bus left at 6 it was pretty full. We then proceeded to return down that nasty gravel 1 1/2 lane road on or way to Lagartos where we'd get off to switch busses. Along the way we must have stopped at dozen times to pick people up, so between that and the nasty road, it took us 1 1/2 hours to travel 35 kilometers! Manoli and I, along with about 6 ... read more
Soda Lose Pelones
Main Street Playas del Coco
South Beach


After eight days of intense and fabulous jungle and cloud forest edventures we are taking it easy. The Pacific Ocean at our hotel on the northwest coast of Costa Rica is perfect. No cold shock as you reach THAT depth entering the ocean, gentle swells and no rocks – just smooth sand. Aaaahhhh. Marika is growing fins as she rarely leaves the pool. Will is a regular in the local beach volleyball scene – when we check in with him sometimes it looks like he is playing with Costa Rica’s national team – big muscular athletic types and Will holds his own with his serve. The swimming pools are endless and replete with fountains and waterfalls. We asked for a mountain facing room and have been rewarded with howler monkey sightings from our room. Lots and ... read more
Marika reads on a built-in pool tile chair
Howler monkeys from our balcony
Marika and Dad in the Pacific


March 1 to 4 2012 we are organizing a festival to safe the SHARKS!! Together with mision Tiburon and Carlos Hiller, Rich Coast Diving is trying to raise money to tag sharks and help them survive attacks form humans We are going to the local schools to teach them the importance of the sharks, there will be lectures and entertainment. Live music every night, bbq and more. Help us out join the fest and help safe the sharks! Feb 14th and 22nd Rich Coast Diving staff will work at ZI lounge to receive 25% of the profit plus tips to give to the project, so join us for a beer!... read more


We took off from San Diego at 10:30PM May 5, 2011 on a 4 hour flight to Atlanta. Atlanta was our layover to our final destination, Costa Rica. We took a direct flight from Atlanta, GA to Liberia, Costa Rica, the flight was just over 3 hours in length. Our final destination was Condovac La Costa in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. From Liberia, it was just a quick 25 minute drive to our resort. We did not want to have to fly into San Jose and make the 4-5 hourd drive. We rented a car from Dollar rental car. We rented a 4x4 Nissan Xterra, because we plan on doing some exploring all around and did not want to take any chances on not having an adequate vehicle. As always, when you travel abroad, you have ... read more
Playa Hermosa
Ecoglide Zip Lines
White water rafting in Rio Sarapiqui


We took off from San Diego at 10:30PM May 5, 2011 on a 4 hour flight to Atlanta. Atlanta was our layover to our final destination, Costa Rica. We took a direct flight from Atlanta, GA to Liberia, Costa Rica, the flight was just over 3 hours in length. Our final destination was Condovac La Costa in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. From Liberia, it was just a quick 25 minute drive to our resort. We did not want to have to fly into San Jose and make the 4-5 hourd drive. We rented a car from Dollar rental car. We rented a 4x4 Nissan Xterra, because we plan on doing some exploring all around and did not want to take any chances on not having an adequate vehicle. As always, when you travel abroad, you have ... read more


Today up early to dive! We are super excited! Our first Pacific Ocean dive. Yippee! Last night the Howler Monkeys were hanging out by our room somewhere in the trees. We heard them howling all night. We didn't mind a bit. It's way cooler than bar noise or dogs barking keeping you up all night. We bought some delicious baked ham & cheese donuts for snacks on the boat (if we need them, you never know how hungry you'll be between dives.) That's what we've named them because that's what they remind us of. Sounds odd but they're really tasty. Then we headed to the beach for a cheap breakfast. Gallo pinto & eggs of course. I think I went a little crazy on the hot sauce because it came back to haunt me in the ... read more
On the dive boat.
Tanks!
Geoff really liked this drawing.


We woke up to our new surprise town. What will it look like during the day? Always a treat. The one street we saw last night was filled with touristy restaurants & clothing & trinket shops. It was brightly lit & semi busy. This morning it seems less big & busy. We walked to the dive shops to see if we could dive today. The two we spoke with were all booked up for today so we decided to just hang out at the beach today & dive tomorrow. We had delicious coffee & pastries at a little Panaderia & sat outside. We walked through all of town & saw the beach. It is sooo dry & hot here. All the hills are brown & look burnt. The bay is pretty though & the beaches are ... read more
The sign out front of the hotel.  We loved the cute little monkey!
Playa Ocotal
Geoff pretending to play futbol with the local kids.




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