Surfing safari... (and snake safari too)

Trip Start Jun 23, 2006
Trip End Aug 24, 2006

Loading Map
Map your own trip!
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines

Flag of Costa Rica  ,
Monday, August 21, 2006

couldn't resist one quick entry on the surfing safari. dude, this is the life. here's a model day:

-get up at 7am. look out window at the gorgeous beach. do some pilates on the beach with some pilates instructors that are in my camp.
-eat a big breakfast in the beachside cafe
-have a morning surf session
-sit on my patio over the beach and read and relax
-afternoon surf session and in-water lesson
-walk around town a bit. check out hippies selling cool jewelry, cruise chicks, see art, eat snacks, etc.
-listen to a surf seminar on the patio (yesterday was on shaping boards) while drinking beer
-go for an evening jog on the beach
-have a 30 minute massage (for only $16)
-sit on beach and watch sunset while reading Emerson
-have dinner and maybe go dancing

today i'm going on a trip to some other beach with bigger, better waves. that means i've graduated to hanging out with the cool kids, those that can actually surf. being told that was a super nice ego trip - i guess i'll never grow up and stop yearning for others to tell me that i'm good at something. sigh.

tamarindo itself is ok. it is expensive and has a burger king, pizza hut and subway. ugh. i guess there are much better places to go in costa rica. next time.

one other costa rica story i can't resist telling. so i was lounging at some low tables on the beach taking a break from the waves, drinking a margarita and eating some delicious nachos. i was in the shade of a big, deep green, tropical tree. as i took a sip of my maggie - PLOP - a big, green tree frog landed on my table next to my nachos. i stared in somewhat stunned silence. the frog stared back. like Frog and Toad, we were friends. i made some motions toward him and he stayed put. i slowly worked up the nerve to poke him. he still didn't move. brave frog, i thought. or maybe hungry. i offered him, in the following order, a bean, a piece of lettuce and a piece of chicken. he politely declined all of the above. i guess he wanted some bugs. couldn't help him out there. anyway, i thought he was real cool so i went to get some of my surfing buddies to show them the frog. as we walked back to the table i gestured to the tree from where he came - and almost choked! wrapped around the branches right above my seat and dangling down perhaps a foot above where my head had been was a long green SNAKE! yikes! his gaze was locked on the frog. ahh-hah! and here i thought the frog was just diggin' the view from the table, but he was actually avoiding turning lunch for sydney the tree snake. hilarious and interesting. we took a bunch of pics of both snake and frog and they eventually moved on to continue their dance of prey and predator elsewhere on the beach. i was really thrilled at the opportunity to see the snake and relieved that i didn't stand straight up and get a taste of his poison (if he had any). super cool!
Report as Spam
  • Your comment has been posted. Click here or reload this page to see it below.

  • You must enter a comment
  • You must enter your name
  • You must enter a valid name (" & < > \ / are not accepted).
  • Please enter your email address to receive notification
  • Please enter a valid email address

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: