Rainy season showed up with a vengeance and it brought along with it a surprise Oregon reunion. Our friend Josh came to visit and surprised us by also bringing our friend Jacob. It's been quite the bromance around here and Nicholas Sparks himself could not have written a better love story. (A special thanks to Jacob's super rad wife Shannon for lending him to us for the trip).
The guys were introduced to the real Costa Rica immediately as the cloud forest closed in and the torrential, unforgiving downpours threatened to erase the world from beneath us. Their 4-wheel drive mini SUV barely made it up the washed out mountain road, that resembled a mudslide after nonstop sheets of rain pounded it all day. Luckily our house is the perfect place to admire the passing storm with a cocktail in hand. We take cocktail hour very seriously around here, it's the only time of day when anyone knows the time of day.
Despite the relentless jungle rain, we still pulled off another successful pizza party down at the volunteer center. It was our friends Lori & Ayr's farewell pizza gathering, along with Josh and Jacob's welcome party. Jose managed to keep the fire hot and a steady stream of pizzas coming out of the oven. Here are some fun photos we took while drunk on delicious pizza:
After two days straight of sloppy rain, the heavens finally gave us a break, giving us the chance to explore some beaches, bodysurf some waves, meet some monkeys, drink some pina coladas, witness some spectacular sunsets, jump off some waterfalls and zipline through some jungles. Here's a photo tour of our adventures:
We spent the boys' last night in Manuel Antonio, we stayed at the Mango Moon Hotel and enjoyed the chill vibes, friendly dogs, incredible ocean view and white-faced monkey encounters. We hit the town and stopped in for drinks and appetizers at El Avion, the airplane restaurant.
Then we headed to one of our two favorite restaurants in Manuel Antonio: Barba Roja. Enjoying the ocean sunset view, we munched on fresh sushi rolls, seared ahi tuna, and pineapple fried rice with shrimp. Our food tour continued the next day onto our other favorite restaurant: Emilio's Café. We ordered frozen minty lemonade, ahi tuna poke, falafel and caprese sandwiches, and a big basket of the best french fries in all of Costa Rica. If you're ever in Manuel Antonio make sure to stop and enjoy the fresh food and killer ocean views at both Barba Roja and Emilio's Café.
Thanks for coming Josh and Jacob, you pulled off an epic surprise and we had so much fun making forever memories with you guys in the land of pura vida (although it may take us a week to recover). Until next time amigos!
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.