We finally got our car! We are now the proud owners of a 1997 Toyota Forerunner. She handles the potholes like a champ and has powerful A/C! We got it just in time to pick our friends Katy & Heidi Narver up from the airport.
And we finally experienced the crazy rush hour traffic in Alajuela and San Jose. After picking our car up we got stuck in horrible traffic, sitting in one place without moving for over 30 minutes. But at least we have A/C!
The other day Andy and I explored the coastline, driving to Playa Garza, Playa Guinoes and Playa Nosara. All gorgeous beaches, and all within 30 km of Samara. Although the drive takes over an hour on the bumpy roads.
After picking our friends up, it only took us 3.5 hours to get to Samara, so driving at night, after traffic has calmed down, makes for a much quicker trip. We got home about 1am and slept in the next morning, then made eggs & potatoes for breakfast. We hit the beach in Samara and swam for a bit, and then made a store run to Nicoya to stock up on food, beer & pina colada fixings. Andy makes a mean pina colada, we're so glad we brought our Nutri Bullet!
Later we went to dinner at the organic vegan burger joint called Luv Burger. It was really delicious, we tried the coconut bacon cheeseburger (the cashew cream cheese and coconut bacon were an amazing combo), veggie tacos and chocolate mousse. After that we drove to Playa Carrillo and checked out the sunset and tested the water. The best beach times are first thing in the morning, and again right at sunset. We've quickly learned to avoid the hours between noon and 4pm, way too hot.
There is a family of howler monkeys living in our mango trees and they are so much fun to watch! There is a tiny baby, who is the cutest thing! They just lounge around in the tree, gorging on manos all day and sleeping all afternoon. Sophie barks at them, while they howl back. I hope that never gets old!
This morning we made homemade pancakes with bananas & peanut butter. Then packed up to spend the morning at Playa Carrillo. A guy named Edgar offered us fresh ceviche that he made. Of course we left our wallets at home, but he gave me a sample and it was the best ceviche I've ever tried. He said he used to live in San Jose, but quit his job to come spear fish on the beach and sell his fresh ceviche to make a living. He said he loves his life! Pura Vida! I told him we'll bring our wallets tomorrow and buy some for lunch.
On the way home Andy stopped and bought a coconut from some locals. He plans to open it with his own machete. I'm thinking he should wait until after we sign up for health insurance....I'll let you know how that turns out. Hopefully he still has both hands by tomorrow.
Sophie's out barking at the holwer monkeys now, so I better go supervise that situation. Audios!
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.