Monday, May 26, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Who knew dancing an drinking till the wee hours could leave someone so tired??After we finally got up and dressed we headed to town for lunch and then to go hike to the La Fortuna waterfall. before I tell you about the hike and the waterfall I must tell you about one of my new favorite meals. For lunch we hit a friend chicken stand, fried chicken is pretty popular there, you'll see stands and restaurants selling it everywhere. Well the way they serve it in Costa Rica is with a side of corn tortillas. They also set out a little condiment tray with salsa, hot sauce, ketchup and mayonnaise. this is not just regular mayonnaise though, it has lime in it! I know what you're thinking, lime in mayo? Eww! But let me tell you , squeeze a little on a piece of fried chicken just pulled from the bone and wrap it in that corn tortilla and you have a tasty little meal! It's the Costa Rican version of Chik-fil-a. I have even just found in the latino section of my local store, mayo with lime, and I intend to use it on my next chicken sandwich. Try it sometime! Okay enough about lunch, on to the waterfall hike. We drove out to the park entrance, paid out 5 or 6 bucks and then strted hiking down the gorge to the waterfall. Right before you start the hike down theres a platform where you get to see this view.
Thats what we were about to hike down to. Keep in mind that waterfall is about 90 yards tall and you have an idea about how far down we were about to hike. And I mean virtually straight down. So we stared the trek down the path where I took these shots of the terrain and of a massive tree tha Ronda decided to hug.
The water was a little cold and it was overcast but it didn't feel to bad once you got in. It was beautiful! the water was crystal clear. We swam in the pool under the waterfall for a bit then got out wlakaround to the otherside of the trail and got into the river which was nice and calm. We discovered some little friends and fed them some of our crackers, they would actually jump clear out of the water fighting for the crumbs.
I shot some underwater video of them as well. I will have to upload that sometime too. The biggest fish was probably about 12 inches long. Really neat!
So that ended our 2nd day in Costa Rica. We returned to town that evening, chilled in the pool at our cabina and then went out to eat. The next day would be our last day in La Fortuna and we planned to hike to watch the volcano, and that is where I will pick up next time.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Yes, the last picture is indeed a picture of our shower, live wires, switch and all! This is what many of the "cabinas" called a hot water heater. Not sure if it worked or not as we didn't use it.
In the first pic you can actually see a couple of the ziplines behind us going over the waterfall. It was VERY high. We went swimming at the waterfall the next day and saw other people doing the ziplines and they looked like little dots in the sky. Crazy! The waterfall itself was probably at least 150 yards behind us if not 200, just to give you some comparison.
After the zipline part was over we got back down the mountain on horseback.
We went back into town and found accommodations for the next night, had dinner and decided to go to Baldi Hotsprings to relax. I will post more about this in my next volume of of blogging about our trip.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
1. Like Jenny, my friend who tagged me, I have a prized childhood possession. It's not a doll though, or a blankie, it's a pillow. Or maybe I should say it's what used to be a pillow, it's so old it's actually squished to a thickness which is less than that of a comforter. It was my dads before it was mine and it was already pretty flat when I got it. In fact, that's why my mom gave it to me, when I was nearly a year old she wanted to give me a pillow but she didn't want some huge fluffy death trap so she stole my dads pillow which was nearly flat already. That pillow has since been everywhere I have been, it has traveled to more destinations than any inanimate object should. Kevin says that my pillow will probably be the death of mankind, as he is sure that some horrible bacteria,yet unknown to man, is probably growing in it's bowels. Not true. That pillow has been washed many, many, many times which accounts for the fact that hardly any of it's original exterior fabric remains and I have to encase it in 2 zip-up pillow cases. I swear my pillow will probably be put in my casket someday.
2. I just got back form Costa Rica, I think that's interesting and I plan to blog about it soon.
3. I was once an honorary Filipino. In high school and part of college I was a dancer for a Filipino Association in Austin. Yes I even learned to sing the national anthem of the Phillipines in Tagalog. Can't do it anymore, so don't ask. Why?, you ask, didi i dance for this association as I am clearly not a Filipina? I had a good friend who was and they needed an extra dancer for one of their conventions. She knew I liked to dance and that lead to not just one convention but the Christmas party, New years, summer fiesta, and performing at various street festivals in and around Austin for the next 4-5 years. We did traditional Filipino dance as well as Tahitian and Hula. In fact, if I ever visit the Phillipines I plan on joining right in if they bring out the bamboo poles and start doing the Tinikling.
4. I used to have a HUGE collection of unicorns. Started collecting them before I can remember and kept it up till highschool. Have gotten rid of all but a few of them which are in boxes in the attic right now, save for one, which is a music box that is in Sabrinas room.
5. I have a weird curiosity about serial murderers. No, I am not crazy or morbid. I just like to read about them and try to wrap my brain around why they do what they do. It really dumbfounds me that the human mind can be such a dark strange place.
6. I love the water and love to scuba! I have always been like a fish. Sabrina and Aidan seem to have both gotten that gene as well. Sabrina has absolutely no fear of water whcih means we have to be even more careful with her when we are around it. She will just walk right in till shes completely submerged without an ounce of hesitation.
7. I am not a big sports fan. I really don't see the point of most of it. I actually do like to watch a good boxing match every now and then, but for the most part sports are just dull to me. It's not that I don't watch them or enjoy the games I do watch from time to time, it's just I can't stand it when people think that life just stops when a game is on. Really annoys me. Kevin is not like this, thank God! But I have known plenty of people, mostley men, who think that everything else should take a basckseat to watching the game, whatever game that might be. I just think there are more important things and thats why God created Tivo.
Okay, I managed 7 things. Not sure how, but I did. Thanks Jenny, now my brain hurts ;) lol!