Day 16-Full Circle

Trip Start Jan 14, 2013
Trip End Apr 11, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Puntarenas,
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

For our last day on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, we decided to revisit some of our favorite haunts.  We walked to la playa Piedras Colorada (the fresh water river that pools into a swimming spot before spilling into the ocean), followed by lunch at Ylang Ylang Lodge with friends Ireni and Gabriel (you may recall we met on the ferry 14 days ago).  The comical white-faced capuchin monkeys visited us during lunch.  Ivy is such a fan of monkeys, it's so fun to watch her light up when they come around. 

Also at lunch were two boys and their father--a trio we have run into no fewer than 5 times at various places in and around Montezuma.  They always stood out because one of the pre-teen sons bears an uncanny resemblance to the evil blond actor in "Die Hard.  Anyway, I ended up joking with the dad that I felt like we were on the same travel circuit.  He asked me where we were staying and I told him Cabuya, and when I asked him where he was staying, he said, La Casa Montezuma.  My jaw dropped.  Of course he is staying at the place where we were SUPPOSED to be staying!?!?!?!  I told him to lie and tell me it was terrible and they had been miserable there, but he shook his head and said it was an amazing place.  Shaking my head.  So odd.

But then again, HAD everything worked out according to the original plan, we may not have been so eager to get out of *the bad* Casa Montezuma that first morning, in which case we wouldn't have run into Ireni walking on the beach, and we would not have met Russ and Tania at playa Piedra Colorada.  We would not have ended up at our little beach house in Cabuya with Patches and Brownie and the hermit crabs.  We would not have known about El Rio Lejas (the magical tadpole river), and thus we would not have met Emma and Andrew.  We would not have eaten at Cafe Coyote, and we would have missed meeting Jenny and her lovely family.  We would not have had childcare allowing us to surf and horseback ride.  In short, had things gone as planned, we would not have had the amazing experience that we ultimately had.  

We ate our final meal family-style in the kitchen of Cafe Coyote.  It was hard to say good-bye to Jenny and family, but I am confident our paths will cross again, either in the United States or again in Costa Rica.  Tomorrow, off to the Arenal Volcano area!
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