(cue John Lennon):
You may say that I'm a screamer...but I'm not the only one.
Living in Osa Mountain Village, in Costa Rica, we see many brave zipliners zipping past us on the canopy tour that weaves through our community. During our three months here I have come to realize there are two kinds of zipliners, and two kinds of people in the world: the screamers and the silent ones. The brave versus the fearless.
Some people are scared of everything, like me, and they scream freely and loudly while doing anything remotely frightening. Then there are the stone-faced silent types who appear fearless to the rest of us scaredy cats, with their illegible poker expressions.
To me bravery is not the absence of fear, but the overcoming of it. If I'm doing something death-defying, then I have the right to shriek about it hysterically. Keeping it together is so 2008. If I'm about to die in the jungle, then I want everyone within a 30-mile radius to know. And whatever is trying to kill me will have to complete the job with ruptured ear drums.
A scene from Jerry McGuire pops into my head, with Tom Cruise saying to a room full of his co-workers "I'm not gonna do what everyone thinks I'm gonna do….which is just FREAK OUT!"
Oh wait, yes, yes I am. I am totally going to freak out.
Two days ago Andy and I decided to hike down to a nearby waterfall in our village. It is an easy hike but it was obvious the trail hadn't been used in a while, as the jungle had swallowed up sections of the path. Andy expertly hacked our way through the overgrown foliage with his machete.
When hiking in the jungle we are always on the alert for snakes, especially since they are known to live near rivers. But in this moment snakes had slipped my mind and I was more concerned with keeping a safe distance from Andy's swooping machete swings.
Just as we reach the river and begin to hike along the creek bed I suddenly notice a sharp movement out of the corner of my eye. I turn to face a 6-foot pit viper, known also as the ferdelance, or terciopelo, coiled up defensively, and striking out aggressively, coming within inches of my bare leg. Never have I moved so quickly in my life as I flung myself backwards into the river, while the giant snake attempted to strike at me a second time.
Andy claims to have an internal-Kari-scream-richter-scale that he uses to judge the severity of each situation I continue to find myself entangled in. He instantly calculates my level of panic, the volume of my shrieks and gauges the urgency of each of my random jungle screams. He was up ahead of me on the trail and later said he knew immediately from the sheer intensity and volume of the noises coming out of me that whatever was happening, was VERY, VERY BAD.
Andy turned to see me crying, screaming, yelling, sobbing, panicking, cussing and bumbling like an idiot, as I shot through the jungle past him like a bullet. He said the look of pure horror on my face was incredibly startling, although he still had no idea what happened because my communication skills had also fled the area.
Finally I managed to scream "SNAKE!!", as I continued to sprint down the path at the speed of light. Of course fearless Andy wanted to go back to get a look at him, so I screamed louder in order to help him see reason. (Sometimes you have to go bat shit crazy to make a point.)
The snake's camouflage was impressive, I nearly stepped right on him. If he hadn't moved to strike me I never would have seen him. This thought floating into my mind suddenly made everything around me look like a snake. Every tree branch, every vine, every pile of leaves. They could be anywhere, everywhere!
The adrenaline had obviously taken over my body and had carried me through the jungle up to this point. But as the severity of the close call sunk in, my body became paralyzed with fear. I began shaking, my legs turned to jello, my arms became noodles and I couldn't stand up, let alone continue my chaotic flee to safety.
I fell down 5-6 times during our messy escape, and when we finally re-entered civilization I looked down and my hands were covered in mud and jungle debris. It looked like I had viciously clawed my way up and out of an early grave…and maybe I did.
I am thankful to have had Andy next to me, keeping it together, through this close call and all my other near-death experiences in Costa Rica. And to answer your question, Andy is not a screamer. He remains level-headed and calm in tough situations. Thank god because I do enough screaming for both of us. And that is why opposites attract.
I wrote a creepy, foreshadowing blog on these vicious snakes a while back, including how to prevent snakebites and what to do if bitten. You can read it here:
One suggestion I shared in that post was to rub a crushed garlic clove on your legs and boots to repel snakes. Before we left on this hike I had the overwhelming instinct to do this, mainly to repel mosquitoes, but I also had snakes on the brain. And maybe that is part of the reason the snake did not bite me, because he was certainly close enough to have made contact. A reminder to always listen to your gut instinct because it only has your best interest at heart.
We sure have done a lot of living in the past year in Costa Rica. I've been sliced open by a stingray barb, stung by a jellyfish, startled by an 8-foot crocodile, stranded at a volcano, nearly sent to the hospital by a vicious pit viper, and I found the world's most venomous spider in my bedroom (it was the size of my hand).
I've watched my dog being poisoned by a cane toad and a poison dart frog, I've seen her eat a tarantula, and I've witnessed her eat a scorpion whole and puke it back up, still in one piece. I've almost drowned in a massive wave, I've been lost in a sketchy section of San Jose at 3am, and I've nearly been robbed a couple of times.
I've done more living in the last 365 days than I have my entire life. And when you're living on the edge of life, you'll be surrounded by scary things. I just hope that if I keep screaming loud enough, they will all leave me the hell alone.
Our favorite thing to do in Costa Rica is meet a new beach. We try to meet as many new beaches as we can, in the land of rich coasts, undiscovered coves, and never-ending shorelines. We've recently had the pleasure of getting to know two new beaches, so please allow me to introduce them to you.
Playa Arco ~
Playa Arco is one of the most isolated beaches along the Southern coast of Costa Rica, but also one of the most breathtaking. There are no roads to this hidden beach, making it only accessible by boat or by foot. This secluded stretch of sand only exists for a few hours each day, until it is swallowed up once again by the steady tide.
To access this beach by foot you need to park your car at Playa Ballena and pay $6/person (although it is our goal to find a free side entrance soon), and hike 2 kilometers to Playa Arco. You have a four hour window to complete this hike, starting at two hours before low tide, and you must be back 2 hours after low tide, at the very latest.
It can be a dangerous activity if you're not watching the tide and the clock closely. You do not want to get stranded and be forced to spend a creepy night alone in the jungle, so make sure to check the tide chart ahead of time. Beginning the hike, you set off down a rocky section of shore, hiking carefully over slippery river rocks.
Of course I have some war wounds from a fall on the treacherous rocks. When we finally come home from Costa Rica I will wear all my scars proudly, showing them off like tattoos of our adventures, as I tell the story of how I was gifted each one.
I would recommend some kind of water shoe with traction for this part of the hike. I alternated between my Chaco river sandals, my flip flops and my bare feet throughout the day. After completing the difficult river rock portion we climbed onto some ocean cliffs to admire the view.
The trail from here goes up behind the beach, so we hiked up the jungle hill, around the corner, and back down to the hidden entrance to Playa Arco. The water is a glowing turquoise under the melting sun. The sand a smooth, sugary, crystal texture, reflecting the sky above.
Playa Arco is a wide, expansive beach about 1 kilometer long, and is usually deserted. It is cocooned by steep, wooded, rocky cliffs covered in vibrant, dense jungle foliage, where the rainforest meets the sea. The waves are powerful and soothing as they pound the sand with a magical, steady rhythm of a unique beach song, composed just for us.
We discovered an ocean cave for exploring, and a tiny mountain waterfall for a fresh water shower:
I found at least 25 miniature sand dollars as we roamed up and down the coastline, tucked into the sand like hidden Easter eggs, just waiting for someone to come along, discover them, and pluck them from the beach with triumphant admiration.
The hike itself takes about 20-25 minutes each way, depending on your skill and speed. Make sure to bring lots of water, a hat, sunscreen, a camera, bug spray, and a sunbrella (an umbrella for sun protection).
Playa Arco is one of the most breathtaking beaches in Costa Rica and I only wish we had discovered it sooner.
Playa Hermosa ~
We have found in Costa Rica that many beaches share the same name. There are at least 4 beaches named Playa Hermosa, that we know of. One of our favorite among these is the black sand Playa Hermosa, right next to Jaco. But there is also a Playa Hermosa that makes up one section of the famous whale's tail beach at Marino Ballena National Park, near where we currently live.
This beach is located between the beach towns of Dominical and Uvita. It is one of the only beaches in the Marino Ballena National Park that we were not charged to access. Driving right up to the beach we park our car underneath the shade of a grouping of almond trees. We get out to admire the view of the untouched coast, and walk along the empty shore.
Playa Hermosa is a long, sandy stretch of beach that is a good area for surfing due to the large, intense wave patterns. Known for strong rip currents, this is not the best spot for a leisurely afternoon swim. The beach stretches about 2 kilometers along the shore and is an undeveloped section of sand with no restaurants or hotels.
This Playa Hermosa is the perfect spot to enjoy some long, quiet beach walks, and to play some beach games, with a cooler full of beverages, along with a couple of hammocks.
Hopefully you enjoyed meeting these new beach friends as much as we did!
( If not, then maybe you are just a scrooge in desperate need of a beach vacation and should come meet them in person.)
My husband Andy and I spent the morning touring the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, located just outside Dominical. Our friend and neighbor Mary is the tour guide on Tuesdays so we made sure to be there for the first tour of the morning, when the animals are known to be most active.
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization specializing in the rescuing and rehabilitation of injured animals. They try to release as many animals as possible back into the wild, but they also provide a permanent sanctuary for those unable to be released. The $25 entrance fee for the tour goes toward providing the animals with a better life.
Wandering around you can feel in the atmosphere a deep, shared love for animals. And in return, the animals thrive in the loving environment. We weave through the little village and learn the name of each resident as we are told the history of how they each came to be here. Some animals have tragic stories of abuse and neglect, but they all share a happy ending of love and acceptance.
Our first stop is the macaw and parrot cage. Scarlet Macaws mate for life, and it is not uncommon for one to die soon after losing it's mate. There are two macaws at Alturas, one with a sad story of his tail feathers being forcibly removed by some jerk of a human. First lesson of the day: humans suck, animals rule. The two rescued macaws were put in a cage together and decided to accept the arranged marriage with a positive attitude, conveniently falling in love like two destined love birds:
Due to the abuse some of these animals have suffered in the past, they sometimes react aggressively when a male approaches their cage. So we found out that if you want an exciting animal tour, bring Andy with you! The two spider monkeys had a very strong, loud reaction to him approaching their cages, as their high-pitched, frantic, Earth-shattering shrieks startled everyone within 15 miles.
These rambunctious spider monkeys had recently figured out how to open their cages. Briefly escaping one day, they caused some chaos around campus, so we all noted when one discreetly slipped his fingers through the bars, trying to unlatch his cage again. We were very thankful, at that moment, for the new padlock added to his door.
Spider monkeys are incredibly strong, they tend to react aggressively and they do not seem to like humans. And I don't blame them. Here are some photos of one of the monkeys swinging back and forth in his cage, from his tail, trying to warn us all to not mess with him:
Another startling excitement came when we approached the cage of a reputed grumpy old man, a pizote as they are known locally, or a coatimundis as they are known officially. We've seen many of these adorable animals being fed on the side of the road by tourists, and they always appear docile and harmless.
But apparently they can be pretty violent with a nasty mean streak. As soon as Andy approached his cage he went nuts, shaking, trembling, screaming. He crossed his arms across his chest and his entire body shook with annoyance. If you look closely at this photo you may notice that it isn't a banana in his pocket and he does 'appear' happy to see us…although he definitely was not.
But some animals were too pura vida'd out to be bothered by our presence. A precious baby sloth refused to interrupt his lazy mid-morning nap in the sun:
And the white-faced capucin monkeys were somewhat mellow and only wanted to know if we were going to let them out to play:
Despite all the exotic animals being rescued at this sanctuary, it was a little handicapped raccoon who walked away with my heart. Who would have thought a girl from Oregon would move to Costa Rica and visit an exotic animal sanctuary brimming with macaws, parrots, sloths and monkeys, and walk away most impressed with a partially paralyzed raccoon named Tom. But you can't choose who you fall in love with.
It was Tom's spirit and attitude that had the strongest message of the day, and we can all learn a lot from this little guy and his adopted pizote companion. Since not everyone is able to visit this animal sanctuary in person (although you certainly should if you can), I will share with you 'Tom's 6 Life Lessons' so you may all benefit from his deep insight, simple knowledge, and his wise, old soul.
Life Lesson #1
When people are rudely staring at you, stick your tongue out at them, no matter your age:
Life Lesson #2
When life gets tough, hang on tighter:
Life Lesson #3
When people are taking nonstop pictures of you, don't be afraid to strike a pose, give them your sexy angle, and your best set of bedroom eyes:
Life Lesson #4
When life gets uncomfortable, don't dwell on it, just relax into the moment, because this too shall pass:
Life Lesson #5
Life is all about OneLove. When a different animal is added to your life, you do not judge them, you do not pick on them, you do not dwell on their differences. You accept and love them just as they are, claim them as your own, and then spend your days lounging in a tree with them by your side, fighting over the best nap spot, like a true married couple:
Life Lesson #6
And, most importantly folks, don't forget to keep calm, kick back and pura vida your way through life:
My husband Andy, our dog Sophie, and I, have spent the last year traveling around Costa Rica, in search of our favorite beach. Costa Rica is a special place, as it has stunning beaches along the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Caribbean Sea. With over 800 miles of coastline, and over 300 unique beaches, there exists the perfect beach paradise for everyone.
We prefer quiet, secluded, off-the-beaten-path type of beaches. So I've excluded the abundantly popular touristy beaches, such as Playa Jaco, Playa Tamarindo, and the beaches inside the Manuel Antonio National Park, from my list. Despite these over-populated and well-known touristy beach spots, a vast majority of the picturesque coastline of Costa Rica still remains deserted and unexplored.
I would strongly recommend renting a car while vacationing in this country, because next door to every popular, crowded beach lies an untouched piece of paradise, where you can enjoy an entire beach to yourself for the day. It would be a tragedy to miss these gems, so hop in your rental car and get to beachin'.
Here is a count down of my top 10 Costa Rican beaches:
10) Playa Cabo Matapalo
Our most recent discovery, Playa Cabo Matapalo is a peaceful beach, located at the southern tip of the rugged Osa Peninsula, surrounded by nature. Clear blue water and coarse, rocky black sand line the shore of this quiet section of beach. The swells are large and unpredictable, the ocean floor is littered with sharp rock clusters, and only experienced surfers should attempt these waves. A beach that is perfect for a beach stroll or a picnic, but it is not the best choice for swimming or snorkeling.
9) Playa Biesanz
Playa Biesanz is a hidden cove, nestled into the shoreline of Quepos Point. This secluded beach is much less known than the nearby popular beaches located within the famous Manuel Antonio State Park. Lined with immaculate, packed, cream-colored sand and calm waters, this is an ideal spot for swimming, kayaking and snorkeling.
Typically you will find a Tico man, sitting in the shade, who will rent you kayaks and snorkel gear for the lowest rates in town. (snorkel gear for $10, a kayak for $20, and both for $30, for all day). Just off shore lies a submerged set of rocks, which is the best snorkel spot in the area. Harder to find than other beaches in Manuel Antonio, you drive toward the end of Quepos Point, and use the trail entrance (shortly after Shana Hotel) to hike down to the water.
8) Playa Hermosa
The first thing you need to know about Playa Hermosa, is that there are at least 4 beaches in Costa Rica named Playa Hermosa. The one I'm referring to is located in the province of Puntarenas, and is 5 kilometers south of Jaco. This Playa Hermosa is a dramatic stretch of pure, black sand, and is known for some of the best, most consistent surfing waves in the country.
The currents are incredibly strong at this beach, creating swift and powerful riptides, and it is not safe for swimming. The waves can be as high as 13 feet, which is why Playa Hermosa is a beach sought out by expert surfers from all over the world. The International Quicksilver Surf Championship is held here every August.
Playa Hermosa is the place to lounge in the sand and become mesmerized as the powerful waves pound against the rich, black shore, silencing your worries.
7) Playa Uvita
A part of the Marina Ballena National Park, Playa Uvita is a quiet, mellow beach, known for it's famous whale's tail. It is located 17 km south of Dominical, and if you enter the beach through the official park entrance it costs $6/person. However, if you're crafty and cheap, you can easily find a secret side road to avoid having to pay the steep entrance fees.
The waves at this beach are low-key, making it ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and body surfing. Majestic humpback whales can typically be seen here during their migration between December and April. At low-tide you can enjoy a long walk on this expansive stretch of beach, or you can explore the small section of exposed, rocky sand that creates the famous whale's tail:
6) Playa Samara
Located on the northern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Samara is a laid-back, friendly, bohemian beach town. Sleepy and slow-paced during the day, with nightlife bumping until 4am, this town has something for everyone. Samara is known for being full of happy people, as it is located in one of the five Blue Zone's in the world.
The best way to explore the area is to walk the 5 kilometer stretch of thick, brown sand. Protected by reefs, the horseshoe-shaped beach is known for it's mellow waves and calm currents, making it ideal for a surf lesson. Isla Chora lies just off shore, which is a beautiful kayak and snorkel destination.
The town of Samara has numerous beach bars and restaurants, so make sure to grab a pina colada and a rocking chair to watch the sunset, while making friends and swapping stories with some fellow gypsy wanderers. (But be warned! Many people who enter this beach town never end up leaving.)
5) Playa Ocotal
Known as one of Costa Rica's cleanest and most eco-friendly beaches, Playa Ocotal is our favorite snorkeling spot in the entire country, and you can rent snorkel gear right on site. Located on the northern pacific coast in the Guanacaste province, Playa del Coco is the nearest town to Playa Ocotal, and is only about 10 minutes away.
The protected shoreline makes it a safe place to swim and relax, as there are no dangerous riptides or looming swells. The sand is a mix of black, white, and rocky sections, and the vibrant tidal pools overflowing with sea life are an interesting spot to spend a few hours exploring, at low-tide. A popular spot for sports fishing, the cove is lined with boats trolling the waters for dinner, which speaks to the immense variety of fish you will see swimming these clean waters.
4) Playa Barrigona
Known as the secret, hidden surfer's beach, Playa Barrigona is a secluded gem. Just 30 minutes north of Samara, down a bumpy, pot-hole-ridden road, this stunning beach is worth the bone-rattling trip. Mel Gibson owns 500 acres of jungle, surrounding Playa Barrigona, which can be yours for a cool $30 million.
An untouched stretch of beach, crawling with hermit crabs, and sparkling blue water, this special place looks like a dream painted onto a postcard. The beach is lined with a variety of trees, creating cozy hammock spots, and the waves are large and mesmerizing. The surfing here is best left to the professionals, but the rest of us can kill hours hunting for shells, swinging in hammocks, beach walking and lounging in the sun.
3) Playa Conchal
A pure, white sand beach, Playa Conchal is made up of millions of crushed conch shells, which is how it received it's name. This is the most breathtaking beach we have set foot on in all of Costa Rica. It looks like a Caribbean island beach right out of a movie. You can hear this beach whispering your name the second you pull in, making the crystal, turquoise water impossible to avoid.
Snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, horseback riding, jet skis, catamaran cruises, fishing tours, there are endless activities at this beach. Located next to Playa Brasilito and Playa Flamingo, it is about 40 minutes from the popular beach town Playa del Coco. This beach is a must-see on your Costa Rican vacation.
2) Punta Uva
Five miles west of the popular Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo is a secluded, serene beach called Punta Uva. We fell in love with this beach during our month on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Set back from the main road, and surrounded by jungle, this white sand, blue water beach is an ideal spot to waste a day, or two...or thirty.
The waves come in layers, and from all angles, but they are not overwhelmingly large, making this beach a good spot for a swim or a kayak trip. You can hike out to the point where the two sections of beach meet up, gifting this beautiful point it's name. Or you can lounge on the shore and get lost in the breathtaking sight of the vibrant water lapping against the pristine sand, while drinking a coconut.
1) Playa Carrillo
As we explore the beaches of Costa Rica, we always say to ourselves "well, there can only be one Carrillo". We are forever trying to match this beach, but we have yet to find anything that compares to Playa Carrillo. My most favorite beach in the land of pura vida, it is my happy place on this Earth.
Located just a 5 minute drive south of the town of Samara, Playa Carrillo is lined with endless palm trees, perfect for tying up a hammock or two, and is known for it's incredibly safe, calm swimming water and magnificent sunsets. We have wasted weeks at this beach, swinging in hammocks, drinking pipa frias (ice cold coconuts) and munching on fresh ceviche.
This deserted stretch of beach has no bars, restaurants or hotels, and the only businesses you will see are hand-pushed carts by locals selling shaved ice, coconuts, and fresh ceviche. Only crowded on weekends and holidays with local families, it isn't unusual to have this beach nearly to yourself on weekdays. Kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, beach walking, shell hunting, crocodile watching, tidal pool exploring, sunset admiring, this beach is a unique creation that everyone falls in love with at first sight.
We have shared our favorite Costa Rican beach with numerous family, friends, and loved ones, and they all agree...
There really can only be one Carrillo:
We all must believe in something…and I believe I must go to the beach!
Peace Out Beaches.
Costa Rica is home to the exotic, colorful poison dart frog. On their backs they wear some of the most brilliant colors on Earth, but they are also one of the most highly toxic animals on this planet. The microscopic amount of poison that this frog possesses is enough to make the human heart stop beating. However, the frog only releases it's poison if it feels threatened.
These colorful amphibians have an average life span of 3 to 15 years. They only grow to be about 2 inches in length, but cradled within that tiny stature is enough poison to kill 10 full-grown adults.
The poison dart frog, or poison arrow frog, got its name from an indigenous tribe in Colombia, the Embera Choco. On the Pacific slopes of the Andes, this tribe used these frogs to tip their blowgun darts or arrows with the intense, devastating poison. The darts and arrows were used for hunting, or fighting, to aid the hunter by further impairing the hunted.
The green and black poison dart frog hunts and sleeps in the trees. To assist the frog in its climbing, they have small adhesive discs located on the end of their toes. These create a slight suction affect as the frog climbs. Here is a photo of one climbing the side of our house:
Neon in color, and small in stature, these adorable frogs are irresistible, to both humans and dogs. Andy and I have come across numerous poison dart frogs during our jungle walks, and I always have to remind myself not to pick them up.
Anyone who reads my blog regularly may remember 'Sophie and the toads'. When it rains here, many massive poisonous toads swarm the area. Sophie has attacked a few toads, resulting in her becoming very sick. She always pulls through, but never seems to learn a lesson. She has become addicted to the poison and now seeks them out every time it rains.
You would think the smaller poison dart frogs would be less toxic than the huge toads, but they are actually much worse for dogs. Can you see where this story is going? Yes, a few days ago Sophie had her first encounter with a green and black poison dart frog, and it was not pretty, definitely not as pretty as they are.
I happened to be home alone, with no cell phone and no vehicle. She lunged for the frog and had him in her mouth before I even registered what was happening. I grabbed her and shook her until she dropped the frog. He hopped away in one piece, so I like to think he survived the mauling. Once I realized it was a poison dart frog I rushed her inside and googled what to do, while she foamed at the mouth and flung slobber everywhere.
Yes folks, it is 2016. If an emergency occurs, don't panic...and google it. In this moment of having no car and no phone, I was immensely grateful to finally have working internet at our house. (A special thanks to The Pryors, Monica and Arne, and Mitch and Charlene for your help with this!)
I was able to research how to handle this situation, and I also facebook messaged our friend and neighbor Charlene, who graciously called the vet for me and talked me through what to do. She let me know she would drive us to the vet if it came to that. (At moments like this I am eternally grateful to live in a small village community where neighbors immediately jump in to help when needed. Thanks Charlene!)
Sophie had diarrhea and was vomiting and shaking for a few hours. I was told that if she was walking an hour or two after the incident, that she would survive. So after a few tense hours, I knew she would be okay.
Here is what to do if your dog comes across one of these colorful little animals and cannot resist them:
1) Immediately and vigorously rinse the dogs mouth out, a hose is best. Do this for 5-10 minutes, at least. Rinse the dogs paws as well, incase any poison lingers.
2) If you have any charcoal on hand, crush it up and put some in the dog's mouth, as this detoxes the poison
3) Call the vet and ask advice. They will advise whether to bring the dog in or not. Try to keep the dog cool and calm. The poison can cause seizures, or can cause a heart to stop beating, so keep a close eye on the dog and do not let them go to sleep.
I have a hippie pharmacy drawer in our house full of multiple essential oils, and I knew that frankincense oil is known to stop seizures in dogs. So I dabbed a few drops on Sophie's head and kept her in an air conditioned room to keep her temperature down (any excuse to turn on the A/C, right?) Four hours after the incident, she threw up for the last time, and I could tell that she was feeling back to normal.
In my research I read that many people's dogs have died from an encounter with these toads. I read about pit bulls and golden retrievers dying immediately after ingesting the poison. You would think a small dog like Sophie wouldn't stand a chance. But she has morphed into a Central American robot with a stomach of steel, a jungle machine who devours anything that moves. Since there are no poison dart frog rehab centers in Costa Rica, it looks like since Sophie is addicted to kissing frogs that she is going to have to go back to being a leash-only dog.
Sorry weenie, no more roaming the hillside freely, in search of your next froggy high.
Kari Pinkerton Silcox
It would be a tragedy to die, having never really lived. Which is why my husband Andy and I quit our jobs, sold our house and decided to chase our dreams. We moved to Costa Rica without a plan, and this is the story of our adventure.