Tamarindo, Costa Rica – Manuel Antonio NP, Costa Rica, February 10-14, 2013

February 10, 2013

After a beautiful morning in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, we packed up and were on the road by noon.  We headed to the town of Samara…

Costa Rica - near Samara

Costa Rica – near Samara

The roads are mostly dirt in this area.  Not too bad until we came to a river over the road…. Scott drove across first – then I crossed on foot.  I must have looked pretty funny with my helmet and gear on, holding my chaps up as I waded across in my bare feet- ha ha!

We crossed this river north of Samara, Costa Rica!

We crossed this river north of Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Buena Vista

Playa Buena Vista – hmmm…. don’t think we will try this restaurant!

Playa Buena Vista, Costa Rica

Playa Buena Vista, Costa Rica

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

Playa Buena Vista,

Playa Buena Vista, Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica skinny cow – we have learned not to order the beef!

We stayed at the Flying Crocodile Inn… a very eclectic hotel.  Whoever built it had a great imagination!!!  I didn’t really get the name of the inn until one of the gyro-copters took off!

The Flying Crocodile

The Flying Crocodile lobby and restaurant.  At night HUGE toads hop through!

Gyrocopters

The Flying Crocodile, Costa Rica

Scott spent time talking with a group of German men staying at this inn.  They all are retired from the Merchant Marines and had sailed through the Panama Canal before touring Costa Rica.  Observation on my part:  When girls get together, we share pictures of our kids on our phones with each other…  When guys get together, they share pictures of their cars, motorcycles or snowmobiles!  What is up with that?!  🙂

February 10, 2013

Our drive today was adventurous to say the least!  Six hours on dirt, crossing five rivers – dumping the bike and us in the river once.  My boots are waterproof – and once they are filled with water, the water stays put.  I know this now to be true.  After that river crossing, we came to another river.  This one I waded across, and didn’t even bother taking off my boots.  Unfortunately, when we dumped the bike, Scott’s bag was the one water side down…

Crossing one river....

Crossing one river….

Just after falling over mid-river!

and another river…. this one didn’t go so well!

Some of what we saw today….

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We turned onto what we though was the right road, but soon ended up on the beach!P1050234 P1050235 The sand was a little too soft to make it, so we backtracked….

This is what we rode on most of the day – not very wide for two lanes!  We are covered with dust after riding today.P1050242

We are in Montezuma, Costa Rica, in another eclectic hotel, Amor de Mar.  There are hammocks (my favorite) hung between the palm trees on a nice green lawn next to the ocean…. perfect place for a nap!

February 12, 2013

Hiked up to a waterfall this morning and took a swim – it was very refreshing! Scott startled an iguana and watched it literally walk across the stream on top of the water.

Swimming under the waterfall - Montezuma, Costa Rica

Vickie swimming under the waterfall – Montezuma, Costa Rica

The ride was easy today – all pavement except for about 5 km.  We decided to take the ferry across to Puntarenas – avoiding the 5 1/2 hour drive around…

Taking ferry across to Puntarenas

Taking the ferry across to Puntarenas

view from the ferry, Costa Rica

view from the ferry, Costa Rica

this moto has a/c

moto with a/c

Outback Jack's for dinner

Outback Jack’s for dinner – yes, this is a restaurant!

Very unique place for dinner – we couldn’t resist stopping.  As we waited for our meal, I checked our computer…. we were amazed to see the drama unfolding in Big Bear with Christopher Dorner!  Kind of crazy to see home all over the news!

Sunset at Outback Jacks

Sunset at Outback Jacks

Found an inexpensive hotel for the night, and on the road again tomorrow!

February 13, 2013

Short ride down to Manual Antonio National Park – the most visited park in Costa Rica. Too many hotels to choose from! We found a little hotel on the beach, Hotel Verde Mar, that is reasonable.  Finding good food at a reasonable price is a challenge in Costa Rica…. but after a few disappointments, we did enjoy Emilio’s Cafe with a great view of the country.

Scott enjoying Emilio's Cafe and the view, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Scott enjoying Emilio’s Cafe and the view, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  We were up and at the National Park entrance at 6:45 am this morning.  Our efforts were rewarded with empty trails and lots of monkeys! (Sorry – no monkey pictures – I was having too much fun watching them swing through the tree tops!) Though it was early, we soon became drenched in sweat from the humidity.  We saw huge blue and orange butterflies…ROUS… (actually, I think they are called paci)…. lizards and iguanas….a raccoon…a two or three-toed sloth (couldn’t get close enough to count her toes!) with her baby and beautiful beaches.

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Sloth, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Sloth with her baby, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Here is what the trail looked like when we started out….

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Here’s the trail on the way out…..

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

So glad we got out there early!!!! 🙂

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Our lunch visitor….Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Costa Rica

P1050287Hasta la vista!

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