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Aug 30, 2009 - DAY 10 - Telenovela

John and I had breakfast at Cala Luna again. Their french toast is unbelievable. After breakfast, John and Trevor swam in the ocean and Tiffany and I hung out at the pool. We were craving burgers so we went the Burger Beach in town. The only thing more pathetic than the sickly looking cows in Costa Rica are the hamburger patties from Burger Beach. I opted for a bagel sandwich at the neighboring snack shack. They claim the burgers were good, but I remain doubtful. However, we did get front row seats to a live Costa Rican telenovela (soap...

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Aug 30, 2009 - DAY 9 - Lights out!

Not surprisingly, the next day was uneventful. Breakfast at “the $6 breakfast place” in town, followed by souvenir shopping, then back home for a nap, and then another nap. The evening was more memorable. It rains about every other day right around 3:30 or 4:00 for about an hour. We watched the HUGE afternoon storm from our deck. Lighting struck the power transmitter just outside out door, which scared the shit out of us and sent us scrambling off the deck. It is not unusual for the electricity to go out during the storms, but this night...

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Aug 29, 2009 - DAY 8 - Toro!

What a fabulous day! It started with a looong (my longest yet) sunrise run. Then a fun day - and night - and late night. We purchased day passes at the Barcelo, the all-inclusive resort down the road. For $45 we were able to use the resort from 8am-6pm, which included all tours and resort activities and amenities, breakfast, lunch, access to the snack bar, and unlimited poolside drinks. Seeing as how we were going to pay $20/person for a guided kayak tour anyway, and the Barcelo offered this very tour with the day pass, we couldn't pass up...

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Aug 28, 2009 - DAY 7 - Playa Grande

Today we went to Playa Grande, the huge (hence the name) beach across the estuary from Playa Tamarindo. We paid 500 Colones, which is the equivalent of about $0.75-$1.00 to take a water taxi across the estuary. The lack of shade made for a hot day! Apparently in February Playa Grande is the most important and renowned place in the world for leather-back turtles to lay their eggs. We hear that there are so many turtles on the beach during this "egg-laying season" that a human literally cannot step one foot onto the beach! The best part...

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Aug 27, 2009 - DAY 6 - Paradise

I am thrilled that I was finally able to go for a long run! I woke up at sunrise and ran back and forth across the town and beach several times (the locals must have thought I was lost!). What a wonderful morning – except for my near-death experience on the return home. Although the tide was high, I thought I could still make it all the way along the beach back to our place. Playa Tamarindo is its own cove, and Playa Langosta is a separate cove. See Where I Live (our place is between Cala Luna and the Barcelo). Turns out the point that...

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Aug 26, 2009 - DAY 5 - Donde estan los monos?

I slept in this morning because I am still not feeling so hot. Tiffany went for a run, Trevor and John played with the boogie board, and I headed back to my tide pools. About an hour in the sun was enough for me, and I spent the afternoon indoors. We headed to town for late lunch of cosado and batidos (the fruit smoothies). Delicious, as usual! I asked John, “Donde estan los monos?” (Where are the monkeys?) Five days in and still no monkey sightings? We looked up at the trees that seemed to be a perfect monkey playground and wondered (a)...

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Aug 25, 2009 - Sunset pictures - Tamarindo

Photos from the Lebanese restaurant, which is high on a hill looking over Tamarindo.

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Aug 24, 2009 - DAY 3 – Tide Pools & Sunset Drinks

Today was probably the best day of my life (although a tough contender with the first day after the bar exam). John and I went for a sunrise run along the road into town and then back along the beach. After another breakfast of tropical fruit, John and I headed to beach, but this time we stayed near the rocks. I watched all kinds of crabs, snails, shrimp, and sea urchins hang out on the rocks as the tide fell. But the best part was the tide pools that remained among the volcanic rocks. All day long I sat in a personal, bathtub sized pool...

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Aug 23, 2009 - DAY 2 – Playa Langosta & Casado in Tamarindo

Tiffany and I woke up early to go for a run. The tide was too high to run on the beach, so we ran along the dirt road into town. My training watch indicated that we live just over a mile from town. It was hot and humid at about 8:00. I got sick at about 1.5 miles and we had to walk the rest of the way. A cold shower and breakfast of fresh fruit and toast got me back on track for the day. We all headed to the beach after breakfast. The rainy season is definitely the time to visit Costa Rica. We were the only people on the beach! I am amazed...

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Aug 22, 2009 - DAY 1 - Arrival

We flew into Liberia and took a shuttle to our place just outside of Tamarindo. The flights were shorter than I anticipated, and finding our shuttle driver at the airport was painless. We made arrangements with Tamarindo Shuttle prior to our trip. An English-speaking guide accompanied us to Tamarindo and told us interesting facts about the country, gave us travel tips, and suggested excursions throughout the forty-five minute trip to our place. One interesting fact I learned is that over 90% of Costa Rica’s energy comes from natural...

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Mar 17, 2008 - Semana Santa

The internet/phone at the house hasn't been working for about a week. They believe the satellite dish got bumped. They finally fixed it today so we can communicate with the outside world. So here are some things from the past few days. Granpa Allen and Grandma Karen left on Friday. Emi and Jack were very sad to see them go. However, last night at dinner on the patio Emi and Jack were pointing out all the stars Grandpa taught them - Seven Sisters, Cirrius, Tao Pup, Orions Belt . . . Since they left, we have been on a beach hunt trying every...

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Mar 5, 2008 - Tamarindo

Had a beer and found CR at the Beach. When I left Nosara this morning I was on my reserve fuel tank, so I had to ask for directions to the "Gasolinera", When I found it it was a corrugated steel roff hut in the middle of the country with two 12 year olds pumping gas into beer pitchers from a 55 gallon drum.

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