Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Enjoying Our Paradise

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Saturday, the 18th, was our last full day at Casa Linda and we had set it aside to just relax and fully enjoy the paradise we were in.
Addie and Preston wanted to be woken up even earlier that morning to try and spy the big crabs so the 3 of us got up and went to the beach at 5am just as the sun was starting to peak above the horizon. We still had no real luck though (probably would have been better to do it in the evenings although we found a couple little ones) so we just enjoyed watching the sunrise again with the pelicans, the hermit crabs and the scarlet macaws as our company.
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a couple new Addie drawings were finished
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Eventually we walked back up to the house to make some breakfast and change into our suits before heading back to water. We set up our chairs in the shade, built sand castles in the sun, took boogie boards and kayaks out into the ocean and tried to soak up every last moment of heaven.
The tides went out early so the kids spent time looking for treasures and when we started to get hungry we decided to go an adventure!
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we weren't so great at the coming into shore part haha!
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the macaws were so close to our house all day!

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Leda wasn't coming to make us dinner that night so we decided to feast on a nice, big lunch. We walked up the hill for awhile to go to Lapa Rios, a well known eco lodge just up the mountain side from our home on the beach. It was a steep climb up but we were rewarded by nice breezes and delicious and beautifully presented food. Everything was delicious, including all 4 desserts we tried ;-), and my fish tacos that had passion fruit in them were simply amazing. We left with our bellies full and a new appreciation for our location. The views were nice up high but I would rather have the beach access.
(more food details...I had fresh passion fruit juice and a salad with avocado mashed into quiona topped with balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, greens and chicken. Mike's salad was grilled fish with mango, greens and a super yummy dressing. He had rib eye with their traditional rice, beans and plantains and the kids tried their favorites :-) pasta, burger and burrito. The kids all got brownie and ice cream desserts while Mike and I had passion fruit cheesecake, coconut flan and pineapple upside down cake.)
On our walk back home we saw more monkeys (howler, spider and capuchin) and everyone had some down time. Drawing, reading, swinging in the hammock, going back to the beach.
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There were directions in our house for a short hike to a waterfall that Mike rounded up everyone to go try out. Ella really, really did not want to do it because more than one person had mentioned to us to watch for snakes in the creeks. She was genuinely terrified but was so brave and luckily we didn't see any! We did spot a few colorful tree frogs though and lizards walking on water, which was my personal favorite. I was starting to get worried that we weren't going the right way because it seemed to be taking longer than it said it would, but eventually we rounded a corner and saw the falls!
Mike, Addie and Preston were all brave and jumped off the wall into the cold water. I was happy to be in charge of taking video of them ;-).
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I just had the go-pro with me and I swear I was taking a picture of a little tree frog here, but I can't find it now haha!
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spotting another pretty frog
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We ended the day back at the beach. At one point all three kids were floating on a boogie board out in the ocean together just talking. I have no idea what it was about, but I know that I love to have this family time together away from all the other distractions. It was our last evening in Osa and the monkeys and macaws were all hanging out super close to our house as if they knew they should do something special for our last night :-(.
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We noticed early on that the macaws were almost always in pairs. When we asked one of our guides about it he said that they mate for life. Their numbers fell dramatically for quite awhile because when they were captured to be sold as pets the macaw that remained in the wild would never mate again. They are so beautiful and that made me like them even more ;-).
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