San Isidro

Trip Start Jun 25, 2010
Trip End Jul 10, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of San Jose,
Saturday, July 3, 2010

Don, Robby and I walked to town to get coffee.  Visited a panadaria (bakery) and saw some pastries that look like ducks.  I saw a pink poodle outside in a truck so I asked if I could take a picture.  Guys said the coffee was no good so we went in search for more. 

Robby met a guy named Luigi from New Jersey.  He washes cars and invited us to his house for lunch and said he would wash our car.  They then got to talking about land for sale so I went back to the hotel to get in some computer time.

We left shortly after for Wilson Botanical Gardens and got there as soon as they opened.  We set off on a marked trail that led you through gardens with specific plants.  We walked across the grave of the Wilson's who founded the garden.  It was cool and quiet.  We all set off as a group but Sara and Courtney soon took off on their own.  We were trying to spot any animals or birds but the girls were scaring off anything that might have been there.  We came up to a trail that led up the mountain which was really hard to climb.  The ground was like sludge from the rain and was extremely slippery.  We finally came down and continued on the marked trail.  We never saw anything except some agouti's, no monkeys and no parrots.

We came up on another trail down to a river that Don and Robby took.  They like to go off road where you're not supposed to go.  I continued down the marked trail.  I met up with the girls and we ended up waiting almost two hours for the guys to get back.  But they always find the cool stuff, they found the waterfalls. They were totally disgusting though, wet and muddy. 

We took off and left the park and was about 5 minutes down the road when Robby reminded me a cemetery was coming up that I wanted a picture of.  I asked where the camera was to which Don replied "I put it on the roof when I went to change".  We raced back to the gardens and began looking, there was a car parked exactly where we had been so we figured the camera had been run over.  We drove down to the end where we had turned around and it was there in the gravel driveway.  As soon as we picked it up there was a car behind us waiting to turn around. If we had arrived a minute later she would have probably crushed it.  It sustained minimal damage but is still usable.  If that had been me that left it on the roof I would have been tied to the bumper.

So we left again and passed half a car that was up on poles as a sign and Robby decided he wanted to climb it and get a picture.  He is hilarious and a monkey to boot.

We couldn't reach Luigi for lunch so we ended up going back to the same Italian restaurant, Pizaerria Liliana.  We ordered both pizza and pasta this time.  Yay for the pizza, Nay for the pasta.  And of course the soccer game was on again.

We loaded up and headed for Bueno Aires.  At 2:30 the rains came. The drive from San Vito to Bueno Aires was spectacular, especially around Jabillo.  Definitely putting this area on our list.

We were stopped at a policia check point and had to show our passports. The officers are really nice but intimidating with their M16's.  Robby doesn't let us take pictures.  I personally think Courtney should get out and pose with them.

Pulled into a pineapple plantation run by Del Monte to get a picture.  There was so much wet red clay that Don fishtailed all over the road when he pulled out on to the highway.  Sara told me to get a picture of the mess he made on the road but there was no time.

Decided to bypass Bueno Aires and go straight to San Isidro. 

Found a nice hotel, Hotel Los Crestones and checked in.  The girls all got on the Internet and the guys walked into town and we finally went to bed at 11.
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