Back from Costa Rica!!

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  1. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Rock and Roll, baby! It was phenomenal!

    Very tired now, just arrived a few hours ago, but happy about the entire experience. Somewhat disappointing photographically speaking, but still ended up with some nice shots. Will post them as soon as I get back on my regular sleep schedule. :lol:

    BTW, anyone going to CR, speak to me first, I have a ton of advice! Will post a short note about the experience in a day or two.

    Good to be back home! :wink:
     
  2. vonnagy

    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    Great to have you back! CR sounds like a might awesome place.. make sure you post a little something in photo location thread about it ;)

    looking forward to your pics and good to have you back on the forum :D
     
  3. Luminosity

    Luminosity No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Welcome back Miti ! :D
    Glad ya had a great time matey.
     
  4. Luminosity

    Luminosity No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Welcome back Miti ! :D
    Glad ya had a great time matey.
     
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    oriecat work in progress

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    Welcome back! Man, it seems like just yesterday you said you were leaving. Where the heck does the time go?....
     
  6. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yeah, no kidding!... I feel I was there for only three days. I'll go back in a jiffy if some $$ come my way. Now I know what I need to do there! :lol:

    Thanks to all of you, I missed the Forum while on vacation. You made my vacation miserable!... :lol:

    Really, it's good to be back, save for a trouble or two caused by our yearly event called Monsoon. I found a tree downed by the high winds in front of my house and I spent the entire morning and afternoon cutting it down into little pieces so I can dispose of it with the help of my truck. Sooo, for all of you still wanting a picture or two from CR, you might have to wait a day or two. Sorry. :cry:

    Hasta La Vista, meanwhile.
     
  7. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome back!! :D Glad to hear it was so awesome. Can't wait to see some pics.
     
  8. Karalee

    Karalee hOtLiPs!

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    Were always glad to hear we made your vacation horrible :lol:
    Cant wait to see some shots, great to have ya back mate :D
     
  9. aggiezach

    aggiezach Yup...

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    Welcome back! Can't wait to hear all about it! :D
     
  10. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Ok gang, let me add a few things about Costa Rica.

    Not knowing much about this place I decided to collect a lot of information from the Internet and other forums dealing with Travel in Central America. My primary concern was the driving in CR, the rules being somewhat different but not by much. Secondary concern was humidity and its effects on my gear. I searched for the traffic rules and read them, I purchased a good amount of Silica Gel packs to keep my equipment dry.

    Once there, I realized my primary concern should have not been a concern at all, no one respects the traffic rules! The roads are so bad and full of pot holes that driving in zig-zag fashion is the only way to stay safe. Everyone does it.

    The hotel we stayed at, the Natural Lodge at Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve was beautiful and empty. Save for a German couple we were the only people there. It was Winter in Costa Rica, also known as the Rainy Season. Vegetation was ever so green that it really hurt our eyes just by looking at it. In our room we were greeted by a huge moth, about 6 inches wingspan. Later we had a different kind of visitors, a huge female spider carrying its babies on her back, tens and tens of them. Took them out to fresh air and they left us alone. We arranged a tour of the Cano Negro lagoon and lake for the next morning as well as a trip to a local butterfly farm.

    The trip to the lagoon and lake was great, despite the intermittent rain. We came face to face with a cayman, with the Kingfisher birds, with the Jesus Christ lizard that is able to walk on the water, with a few monkeys, a three toed sloth was lazying up in a tree. Fascinating!

    The butterfly farm was great, we saw many butterflies of wild colors and saw also the Morpho, a gigantic butterfly with bright blue wings. Seemed unreal! Ernesto, our guide for both trips that day, took us to the heart of the little village, showing us all the little stores, the school, the soccer field. What impressed me the most was the Costa Ricans' friendliness and hospitality. They will bend backwards to make you feel welcome. Also, the lack of any piece of garbage was pretty amazing! During our entire trip I don't think I have seen any piece of trash or garbage laying on the streets, except for an empty bottle of Sprite left behind on a trail by a group of young American hikers. That was picked up and disposed of properly by our guide.

    Ok, I'll be back with the next two days' experiences in my next post, sometime later or tomorrow.

    PS: I uploaded a few shots in my gallery. :D
     
  11. voodoocat

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    Sounds like you guys had a blast. Nice to have you back. Can't wait to see some photos :)
     
  12. danalec99

    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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    Welcome back!! Looks like you had a good time!

    Snakes... is it very common over there?? :)
     

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