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Summer Vacation Road Trip: Playa Hermosa

Above: Lucy and Lindsey watching a beautiful sunset.

The second leg of our road trip brought us through the beautiful Costa Rican province of Guanacaste to some of the best beaches in the country. Astute blog readers may remember that we have already been to Playa Hermosa, but that was a different one. This one is located in the northern part of the country, is on the Pacific coast, and consists of of a small bay with calm, warm water.

Above: Here is our only attempted family shot with the camera timer overlooking the sunset. Caleb, Uncle B, Aunt KK, Lindsey, Sean, Lucy, Necy, and DaBo.

We reserved a small sweet for the whole family and from there we could see the bay and the beautiful sunsets. We enjoyed some fun times on the beach, great food, and more fun swimming in the pool for the cousins.

Above: And of course, the new BFF’s.

The trip was quite a relaxing time of seeing the country and spending needed time with family. Although we are sad to see them go, we are excited about starting our last trimester at language school next week.

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August 27, 2008 Posted by | Beaches, Costa Rica, Family, Lucy, Nature, Photography, Vacations | Leave a comment

Summer Vacation Road Trip: Volcano Arenal

Above: Lucy grinning in front of the beautiful Arenal Volcano.

Two days into our summer break from school, Lindsey’s family all flew down for a whirlwind tour of Costa Rica. We rented a van, loaded up, and headed for one of the most famous spots in Costa Rica, Vocalno Arenal. The volcano is active and you can see the steam coming off the top during the day and the red lava shining at night. We stayed at a hotel at the foot of Arenal for two nights and enjoyed hot-springs heated pools, beautiful wildlife, and the constant view of the massive volcano.

Lucy of course loved the time with family, especially her cousin Caleb. Though the hadn’t seen each other in 6 months, Skype kept them close and they were soon bonding like siblings. The loved chasing each other around, mimicking what each other said, swimming together, and talking about “big volcano.”

This first part of the trip was great, and we loved seeing more of our temporary home country.

Above: Lucy and cousin Caleb playing on Caleb’s bed on morning.

August 25, 2008 Posted by | Costa Rica, Family, Lucy, Nature, Vacations | Leave a comment

Spanish Word – Mono

Above: Lucy riding with our buddy Pratt checking out some friendly monos in Manuel Antonio National Park.

A couple weeks ago, while we were at the beach, we met tons of monkeys (monos). Now Lucy has always loved monkeys the zoo, on TV, or in books, but we weren’t sure how she was going to react to monkeys in the wild. Turns out she had a mixed response.

The good: We saw a cute little squirrel monkey outside our room the first day to whet her appetite. Then over the next few days we encountered many traveling packs of white-faced monkeys both on the beach and up on the hill where we were staying. They were friendly and active and Lucy loved them. We sat out on our porch for almost half an hour watching 20 monkeys move through the trees below us, and the next day we got face-to-face with some on the beach (pictured above).

The bad: The third type of monkey we saw was the howler monkey. These guys are HUGE, as big as a big dog, and move slowly but loudly through the trees. They are intimidating and unleash some very loud roars that scared Lucy.

The ugly: On our last morning at the beach, the howler monkeys set up shop outside our room around 4 AM and started going to work. We found out later the the howlers are the loudest of the land animals and their howl can carry up to 3 miles. We of course were woken up terrified, and Lucy work up in abject fear that her short life was drawing to a quick end. She got in bed with us and somehow managed to sleep with us the rest of the morning.

Our monkey experience was fun, but Lucy will no longer think of cute little Curious George when someone mentions mono in her presence.

August 5, 2008 Posted by | Beaches, Lucy, Nature, Our Costa Rica Life, Spanish Language, Vacations | Leave a comment

Update on the Girls

Ed Note: Apologies for the long gap in between posts, won’t happen again.

Above: Lucy, Tica, and Lindsey on the beach enjoying some Poffs.

All our girls are doing good, but I thought we needed an update because they have a lot going on.

Tica: Our little girl (nicknamed Tica for now) is growing bigger and bigger every day. She is way into her third trimester and marching quickly to her due date, November 1. She is kicking and moving around, only taking a break when Daddy puts his hand up to try and feel her!

Lucy: Our big sister, is learning what it means to be a big sister. She now knows where her sister lives (though she sometimes gets confused and thinks Tica lives in her belly!) and likes to pat her. She like to take care of her babies and is getting more independent. She is learning her colors now in both languages, and can count to 10 in both as well.

Lindsey: The champ who cares for the sisters, is doing well. Though it is her second pregnancy, the third trimester is definitely harder in another country. Demands from family, home, language, and school take their toll, but she continues to be at peace as God has been watchful over all of us.

August 3, 2008 Posted by | Baby Tico, Beaches, Family, Lucy, Vacations | Leave a comment

Vacation to Punta Uva

Above: Lucy and Sean on the small stretch of beach between the Caribbean ocean and the jungle.

This weekend we went on a trip with other missionaries at our language school to a beach on the Caribbean coast, Punta Uva. Punta Uva is a small beach town on the northern coast of Costa Rica, near the Panama border (to the west). The school set up the trip and the bus travel (6 hours each way) and we had a great time on a much needed break.

Lucy especially loved the water. It took her a little while to get used to the ocean, but soon she was swimming and squealing with joy. She also enjoyed the pool and the bathtub, only her second “real” bath since we’ve moved here.

Although the beach was small, and the water was filled with coral, we had a great swimming spot. We also got to do some snorkeling, played on the beach, and enjoy some fun time with friends.

All in all a great trip, and a beautiful place for Lucy to have her first ocean swim.

July 15, 2008 Posted by | Beaches, Costa Rica, Lucy, Nature, Vacations | 1 Comment

Tubs and Taxis

Above: Lucy enjoying her first real bath in 4 months.

This weekend we had a couple firsts in our time here in Costa Rica. One of the tougher adjustments for us and for Lu is the lack of bathtubs in this country. Lucy has had to adjust to bathing in a Tupperware bucket that is fast become to small for her. This weekend we went to a hotel near San Jose, and were thrilled to find a tub! Lu wasn’t quite sure what to do at first, but then enjoyed just hanging out and bathing herself in her newfound, roomy tub.

Above: A taxi line in Central San Jose

Another first for us this week was chatting up various taxi drivers. Of course we’ve taken dozens of taxis since we’ve been here, and we’ve talked with most of the drivers, but this week was different as we actually conversed and held long conversations without the driver kicking us out for butchering his language. For some that might not seem like such a big deal, but for us it was an assurance that we might in fact learn Spanish after all.

June 15, 2008 Posted by | Costa Rica, Lucy, Vacations | Leave a comment

Mountain Vacation


Above: Lucy, Sean, and Lindsey in front of Volcano Poas.

Sorry for the lack of posting early this week, we’ve just returned from a family vacation to the mountains and volcanoes above San Jose. Sean’s parents, Gannie and Mac, flew down Thursday for a quick vacation and some much needed time with grandparents. We rented a car, escaped the San Jose traffic and rain, and made it out of the city and into the hills.

One of the stops on our trip was Volcano Poas, a volcano with a huge crater, aqua blue lake, and constant steam rising from the depths. Despite the constant sulfur smell, we had a great time hiking around the Volcano.

Above: The family huddled together under one of many waterfalls at La Paz.

Another morning, we headed to La Paz, a park full of gardens, animals, and trails along many waterfalls. Lucy loved especially enjoyed the bird and butterfly houses, the monkeys, and the soothing sounds of the waterfalls, which put her right to sleep. The park is filled with all the nature and wildlife Costa Rica has to offer, and we throughly enjoyed hiking around and exploring all morning.

Above: Mac, Gannie, Sean, and Lucy in front of the toucan cage in the bird house at La Paz.

Despite all the beautiful sights and fun walks, the best part of the weekend by far has been time with family. Lucy has truly loved being around her Gannie and Mac, and we cherish the time we can all spend together as family.

June 11, 2008 Posted by | Costa Rica, Family, Lucy, Nature, Vacations | 1 Comment

Playa Hermosa

This weekend was a national holiday in Costa Rica, so we took advantage and headed to the beach.

Above: Lindsey and Lucy in our hotel pool with the ocean in the background.

Friday morning, we headed to central San Jose and hopped a bus to Jaco beach. 3 hours later, we arrived in Jaco and caught a cab to Playa Hermosa, a small, secluded beach 10 minutes away. The beach had about 10 small hotels, some restaurants, about 25 locals, and that is it. It was very secluded, except for the dozens of surfers who come for the famous Playa Hermosa waves.

We pretty much spent the whole trip either on the beach, in the pool, eating, and sleeping. The ocean was especially fun because of the huge waves and strong current. We all slept great as the only noise at night was the crashing surf. It was a great relaxing weekend and fun time alone with our family.

April 14, 2008 Posted by | Beaches, Lucy, Our Costa Rica Life, Vacations | Leave a comment