We’ve made good use of our time in Coco so far and have gone on quite a few road trips to explore the surrounding beaches. We recently spent a day at Playa Matapalo, where the Riu Palace is located. It is a mile-long stretch of calm water, the sand is a salt and pepper mix of black and white grains. The rich, vibrant, green jungle looms over the resort, like a scene out of Jurassic World.
The Riu Palace, Matapalo Beach and a wild horse:
The Riu Palace is known as a romantic resort, we stayed at the Riu in Jamaica, on our honeymoon. The beach radiates love, as couples sprinkle the shoreline. We walk up and down the stretch of sand, stopping halfway to take a dip in the quiet, blue water. We mark this beach in our minds as a good future spot to drive to with a cooler and Andy’s cornhole boards.
The next day we head to the edge of the Nicaraguan border to check out some quiet, unknown, out-of-the-way beaches that we notice on the map. We stop at a few viewpoints along the way to snap some incredible photos. I am continually amazed by the beauty that constantly surrounds us.
Playa Papaturro and Playa Junquillal are both gorgeous, pristine, deserted white sand beaches. The clear, blue water sparkles like something out of a painting. We stop and spend a bit of time at each special place, scoping out potential future wasted beach day spots and perfect hammock trees.
(I'm pretty sure only Care Bears live here:)
Our car gets stuck in the soft, sandy beach road at Playa Papaturro. I take advantage of the pause in our journey to jump out and snap pictures of this unbelievable beach, as Andy spins the car in circles behind me. The beautiful scenery in front of me helps me to forget our stuck car behind me, and the fact that no one is around to help this time...
Eventually Andy’s expert driving skills get us out of the deep, sandy ruts and we are off to finish our beach drive. He tells me, as we’re driving away, that we didn’t actually get “stuck”, since he got us out, and that I can’t write that we got stuck in my blog. I guess I’ll find out if he actually reads these posts now…
today is a lovely day to be a dragonfly…
Dragonflies have been on my mind lately. We spent an afternoon at the next beach over from Coco, Playa Hermosa. There are three beaches in the small country of Costa Rica that go by the name of Playa Hermosa. Since they seem to have run out of beach names I've chosen to rename this one 'Playa Dragonfly'. When we arrive we are surrounded by hundreds of beautiful, sparkling dragonflies. There are everywhere. As we walk down to the beach we realize they number in the thousands. They are circling the ocean, the sand, the trees and grass. We tie up our hammocks and dragonfly watch all afternoon. They are fascinating creatures.
There is also a gorgeous golden red dragonfly that lives at our pool. Every time we swim, he circles above us. He does his rounds, protecting the pool from any invasions. When another male dragonfly comes near, he chases him down, defending his territory. We can hear their little dragonfly bodies slamming against each other, as he protects his chosen home.
But recently I’ve noticed he has disappeared. I do a little research and find out that dragonflies only fly for a few months of their life, at most. I realize his time is probably up and he has moved onto the next life. My little dragonfly gypsy soul is off seeking his next big journey. It’s sad that our tiny protector is gone, but in my research I learn a lot of interesting things about dragonflies…
Having flown the Earth for 300 million years, dragonflies symbolize our ability to overcome times of hardship. They remind us to take time to reconnect with our own strength, courage and happiness. Dragonflies symbolize an understanding of the deeper meaning of life, they represent self discovery and removal of inhibitions. Dragonflies symbolize change in the perspective of self realization. Realizing your true potential in a way that also benefits other people, is the ultimate expression of the power of the dragonfly.
“Reflected in the dragonfly’s eye – mountains.” – Kobayashi Issa
Because they only get to fly for a few months, they know how to live life in the moment, and to the fullest. They live without regrets. They exhibit iridescence, and the magical property of iridescence is also related to discovering our abilities in life by removing doubts and revealing the real self in our sense of identity. The dragonfly brings dreams to reality and is the messenger of wisdom and enlightenment from other realms.
Dragonflies are thought to have been dragons at one point in history, which is how they got their name. They are simple, elegant, graceful, strong, and resilient. Dragonflies are a reminder that we are light, a reminder to embrace change and a reminder to live life to the fullest.
After being in a foreign country, away from family, friends, and familiar things, for the last four months, we are excited to be approaching the holidays and our scheduled family visits. First my dad and Jackie are coming for Thanksgiving, they fly in tomorrow evening and are staying for about 2 weeks. Then my mom, along with Andy's whole family, are all coming for Christmas. My mom is staying a month, while his family is staying for 2 weeks.
We cannot wait to see familiar faces and show our loved ones this incredibly special piece of Earth. We're busy making lists of all the must-see's, and counting down the days, as are they.
It will be our first Thanksgiving and Christmas ever spent away from Oregon, cold weather, and our lifelong family holiday traditions. Although this makes me a bit sad, I'm excited to start new traditions and make new holiday memories, with a background of white sand, palm trees, blue water, and pina coladas with little umbrellas.
Vamos Mi Familia! Rapido! The beach and umbrella drinks are impatiently awaiting your arrival...
time is precious, waste is wisely…
“Some people are old at 18, and some are young at 90…time is a concept that humans created.” – Yoko Ono
When we say ‘I don’t have time’, we are really saying ‘I don’t want to’. Time is our most precious possession. It is more valuable than money. You can always get more money, but not more time. It is all that matters. It is the greatest gift you can give someone, because when you give someone your time you’re giving them a portion of your life you will never get back.
“Time is free but it’s priceless. You can’t own it but you can use it. You can’t keep it but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” -Harvey Mackay
Time flies, but we are the pilot. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. You will never find time for anything, you must make the time. Time always has a way of showing us what really matters.
“If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” – Kevin Ngo
If you love life, stop wasting time because time is what life is made of. Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow better. Regret for wasted time, is only more time wasted. Sometimes there is no next time. It’s now or never.
The trouble is you think you have time. But time is perishable. We only have today.
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.