Last day in Costa Rica

I have a little downtown before my plane leaves this afternoon.

I’ve actually had a lot of downtime, but didn’t feel much like writing. This time in Costa Rica has been really great, a completely different experience than when I was here two years ago with Bamboo for two weeks working for turtle conservation. I have to admit, spending time in the cold and rainy cloudforest was a bit challenging. But here is a picture of me from yesterday morning when it cleared a little:

After this picture was taken, we started out on a guided walk, but it quickly became uncomfortable, and our young guide, pleasant as he was, stopped too many times along the way. It concluded with the Hummingbird Garden, and I left the group at that time, glad that I had found my way there the previous day, when I captured this picture of a hummingbird just sitting for a minute!

It took about twice as long as usual to get back to our homey casa in San Jose. Traffic was at a standstill due to construction and just – people! I was glad to be able to just chill in the bag of our small bus, and leave the driving to the driver! I actually dozed off for a bit!

We ate so late in the afternoon that we decided to just stay home and eat snacks.

Accompanied by wine, we enjoyed a long last sobramesa!

Rainy season is not over

Martes manana 6 am

temp around 68, overcast and rainy

Today I sit in the little nook next to the kitchen with my cafe con leche y azucar

Yesterday was not so fun – it was sunny in the morning but we drove up into the clouds to Parque National Volcan Irazu and it was cold! then it started to rain. Couldn’t see any volcanic craters.

Then we went to Hacienda Oriso where there are hot springs, but the rain kept coming, ceasing periodically but offering no sunshine. The warmth of the springs was nice, but overall, I don’t think I would want to do it again. I don’t really like getting into pools or springs or even the ocean, except to cool off when its hot, then only for a short time. It was very beautiful, though, and there is a large covered open air restaurant where we partook of food and a little wine. On the way back, in the dark and rain, I put a book in my ears and kept my eyes closed. Much more relaxing than worrying about the driving.

Words and phrases I have learned:

casadas – typical meal of rice, beans, picadillo, salad, plantains, protein

sobramesa – table time

que diche – so very good!

colocho pelo – curly hair

picadillo – tiny chopped up vegetables

cafe choreado – pourover coffee

Road Trip Day 12 – Five states to West Virginia

After enjoying morning coffee and a sunrise on the fabulous patio of my airbnb in Chester, NY, I got on the road and made a deliberate detour to New Jersey, because it is a state I’ve never been to. I took back roads and went through Port Jervis, NY, where I had to stop and take a picture of this restaurant:

The little piece of rural New Jersey, was really beautiful and I did manage to get a few pictures:

Still on the backroads, I entered Pennsylvania and stopped for a bit here:

I knew I’d be driving all night if I didn’t quit stopping every few miles, so got back on the interstate. I drove through a corner of Maryland, then got to West Virginia, and took the back roads again for a bit, and had to listen to John Denver sing Country Roads (take me home)!

The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are astounding, but the roads were narrow so I didn’t stop until I arrived at another wonderful airbnb in Bunker Hill. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get some pictures.

Road Trip Day 10 – Hanging out with the kids

My daughter got up early to make homemade vegan biscuits, to eat with apple butter from yesterday’s fun. They were delicious!

It was a gorgeous day, temp in the 50’s in the morning, so we set off for a short hike and sat by the Deerfield River for a bit. It was really great to be out in nature. So much beauty in this area! If it weren’t for the winters, and being far from grandbabies, I would want to live here.

We went a bit farther down the road, to Shelburne Falls, investigating the shops, not buying much, and then had a really delicious lunch at Hearty Eats.

Ricotto balls, mushroom soup, mixed fries – all delicious!

Then we enjoyed walking across the bridge of flowers. So beautiful!

We found Mo’s Candy store at the other end, and I got some fudge for the trip home – hopefully I won’t eat it all, and can share some with the husband when I get home!

We returned home and enjoyed a game of scrabble —-

I’m so glad I go to spend time with these children of mine, 2000 miles from home.