Manuel Antonio – I heart you.

Ok, this post is a PICTURES-OVERLOAD-POST, just so you know.  You’ve been warned. We had a completely awesome and amazing time in Manuel Antonio.  We went with our good friends Justa & Steve, and had a short but FULL weekend.  I’ll let my pictures tell the story.

First stop on the drive down, Esterillos Oeste – this was a beautiful, virtually uninhabited beach.  The road to the beach had several shops and soda’s that were boarded up, so I guess it was more popular at one time…  It was serene and gorgeous, and very sparse with people.  One of the land marks of this beach is this beautiful mermaid statue:

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The Biggest Waterfall in Costa Rica

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Wow – what an AHHHH-MAZING day we had at Catarata Del Toro (translated:  “Waterfall of the Bull”).  This was a spur of the moment, day-before decision.  Our friends told us about it, and asked if we wanted to go.  It was supposedly not too far away – in the mountains of Bajos Del Toro Amarillo, Sarchi, Alajuela, and evidently the biggest waterfall in Costa Rica, but not known to many (we had never heard of it).  We had no plans for that day, and when you don’t have a car, you can’t hesitate too long on an opportunity like this – so of course we said YES!

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Our first visitor!

It didn’t take long – less than 5 months – to have our very first visitor in our new Costa Rican home!  My Mom #2 (Greg’s Mom, my Mom-in-law, Shirley – is her name) visited us for a week and it was a pleasure to have her.  It was her first “real” visit to a foreign country, and she did great on her flight and going through customs, all by herself.

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Let’s go hiking!!

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So…  this is just a short post about a hike we’ve been taking, which is quickly becoming our daily morning hike.  We leave right from where we’re staying, head out at the dead-end road (which turns from dirt road into a very bare tractor trail).  Takes about 50 min – to an hour (depending how many breaks we take).

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