Have I mentioned how much fun it was to zip line over the water falls in Costa Rica. Some of my friends just gave me some new pics from that day and so I thought I’d share this one with you.
Once we completed all 25 lines, they drove us back to the headquarters in air conditioned vans. After being out in the rain forest heat and humiditiy all day, the cool air felt amazing. We arrived to find a full jug of cool water and glasses for everyone to drink. They also had a full bar with icy cold beer for purchase. After hanging around for 15 minutes more, the hostess had a lovely lunch prepared for everyone. The choices were beef, chicken or fish (Mahi Mahi) accompanied by red beans, rice, cooked veggies and a cole slaw type salad. Everyone was starving from the long day in the rain forest and grateful for the grub.
After we ate, I walked out to the courtyard where they have a nice hammock and laid down for a short nap. Some of the other guys went on another zip line where you were strapped in by two cables and actually lay on your stomach… When they push off, the guys were actually flying like superman.
I talked to the hostess for a bit. She was originally from Germany and spent many years as a flight attendant. She and her husband relocated to Costa Rica because it was the most beautiful place she had ever been. They built the business because when she was crew attending for strangers so often, she always wanted a quiet place to go when she was not on the plane. I’m grateful for her lovely place and would have enjoyed spending a night in her bed and breakfast cabins as the area offered many other great activities that we are missing out on because of our short shore leave.
Where do I even begin… I’m glad we have had a few stops in Costa Rica. I understand why people say it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Funny, the port city sits on a black sand beach. Not necessarily my favorite swimming beach, but a very striking place. It was about 96 degrees the day we were in port and I swear we were melting from the moment we stepped off the ship. We walked about four blocks into town and found the spot recommended by some of my friends. Gugas, where they serve the local Costa Rican beer “Imperial” and some of the best ceviche around. If you’ve never tried ceviche, you really should. We had octopus ceviche at Gugas. Yeah, I know, you think I’m crazy for being so into eating that creature… but you really can’t get fresh octopus in the midwest. So I’m taking advantage of this experience.
After we ate our fill, we decided to walk down the beach through the stalls. It’s like an open air flea market where every has their goods displayed on small tables and seek shade under blue tarps tied between the palm trees. They offer carved wooden bowls, ornate cutting boards, hand died cotton sarongs, coffee, cigars, jewelry and so much more. It’s a tourist trap for sure, but the tourquoise is very cheap and the locals in some of the stalls will negotiate down if you purchase multiple items. There’s one thing I wish I would have bought there – a local blue butterfly encased in glass and framed with some local wood. The butterflies there have a wing span as big as my hands. They’re more like birds…. Beautiful.