My favorite story? The story of my life.
Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
10Trip End Jul 18, 2010
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Isla Tortuga is magical, like a fairytale...
A man with long, wind-blown hair offers me a hand onto the boat that will take me to the island. The engine begins to purr and we skip across the water. Beauty surrounds us: turquoise water, blue skies with clouds like pillows, fluttering butterflies, jagged mountains and mossy cliffs. As I gaze across the endless water, I get an "oceanic" feeling... a feeling of limitless possibility and potential.
The island itself is overwhelmingly, stunningly beautiful and is easily the most beautiful placed I’ve ever been. Waves tug at the shore, curling and crashing against the sand. Dingys speckle the horizon and visitors dance to a steel drum band. Coconut palms line the beach. Our boat crew cooks us a delicious Costa Rican meal that we eat in a shaded hut on the shore.
As I lay on the pristine, baby-powder beach, I think to myself: every day should be as exhilarating as this one: full of mystery, overwhelming beauty, and energy. I believe that every day can be full of curiosity, anticipation and ecstasy. Though each and every day may not begin with a run on a misty beach, followed by relaxing at beautiful waterfalls, and visiting mystical, remote islands, there should never be a dull page in the stories of our lives. Every day can be like a fairytale.
As we begin our return voyage, a slow smile spreads across my face. My hair is windblown and my skin is sun-kissed. I feel content, as if I’ve just read the happy ending to my favorite novel… only this is my life.