Our last voyage through Costa Rica

Trip Start Apr 09, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, August 20, 2007

There's no way I could write about this whole next trip in one entry, so I'm starting early and taking it in small pieces. On August 16th/17th, two of my best friends, Kirsten and Michelle, and their fabulous boyfriends (who are my friends as well), Bryson and Mathias,  flew out to San Jose to visit me and Mike and take one last backpacking trip before we leave this country for good onto Pennsylvania on August 30th. Of course there were delayed planes and meeting confusion without the American convenience of cell phones, but everyone all made it here safely.

On the night of the 17th all six of us hopped on to our first bus to Manuel Antonio, the girls occupying the back of the very back of the bus to chat and catch up most of the entire ride. The majority of the bus ride we took for granted that no one sitting nears us knew any English, as we continuously told reminscing stories and discussed very eclectic strange conversation topics. It's all good though, I don't expect to see any of those bus mates any time in the near future. We arrived late at night at a cabana that me and Kirsten had made a reservation for. It used to be the location of where the park rangers used to live and knew that it was very simple, but the most important thing was that it was cheap and had six beds in it. Sure enough, not an ounce of luxury, but there was a bathroom and beds, which was enough for our first night. We knew we'd find a better place the day after, but hoped that it would suit us well. Everything was ok until all the lights were off, people were starting to dose off, and suddenly Kirsten starts screaming near the top of her lungs. An oversized cockroach had somehow climbed into Bryson's hair, then migrated to Kirsten's side of the bed. Quickly all the lights were back on, Kirsten was jumping around the room, and people were awake and aware until Mathias smashed the cockroach with a shoe. After we all settled back into bed, we were still awake at midnight and sang happy birthday for Kirsten's 24th birthday.

On the 18th we all wake up at 7:00am to head into Manuel Antonio Park to start some hiking on a beautiful day. The sky is clear, ocean beautiful, and we started early enough that the trails were not full. In addition to a wide variety of lizards that Mike repeatedly tried to catch, we saw birds, monkeys, raccoons, and crocodiles. We hiked all three trails, then went out to the ocean to jump around and rinse off. Mike preferred to stay dry, so he watched our stuff while another extremely large lizard happened to come and sit near him. In Costa Rica the days usually are half sunny then half rainy, so we got back to our dungeon, packed up, then relocated to Quepos just barely as the rain started. The rain typically lasts for a couple hours back in San Pedro, but this was a tropical storm that lasted the entire night. Eventually the street was flooded to the point that there was no sidewalk. That night we all went out for some food and drinks to celebrate Kirsten's b-day, but the real fun of course was back at the hotel where we played some classic fun games of cards. The room was air contidioned, so Matias wrapped in a plastic bag the entire night. We teased him most of the night about it, although his other nickname was "Whitey".

Today was our day of rest, but we still went back out to the beach, did some body surfing, and Michelle and Mathias got some full body massages. For lunch we ate at a restaurant that was called "El Avion", and was made out of part of an abandoned airplane. I expected it to be too expensive to eat at, but surprisingly the prices were extremely reasonable and it was located at the top of a hill that showed a full view of all of the lush rainforest and beachland below it. When we got back to Quepos we all sat along the waterline to enjoy a gorgeous view of the sunset, which brings me to now. I'm sure I won't have the time (or energy) to put this much into writing such detail about the rest of the trip, but we already know of lots of fun plans still coming ahead....
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