Posted on May 11th, 2011 by Allison (Costa Rica, Family/Friends, Photography, Travel)

So where were we? Ah yes. My last post from Costa Rica.

Ashley, Justin and Kennedy arrived on Friday (day 16 of my trip) – and there was much rejoicing. It’s the first time all of us have been together in over a year… and we had more fun together than ever before.

After a grueling 22+ hours of travel, Ashley & Justin were exhausted. But not too exhausted to stop at the local market, where we were given samples of (and then purchased) the most delicious mangoes I have ever eaten. I didn’t realize I love mangoes but I do. At least fresh Costa Rican mangoes. And not too tired to stop for an early dinner and sweet roll and Cafe Delicias. Yum.

We left for La Paz Waterfall Gardens early the next morning. This is an incredible place and well worth it’s price.


We saw butterflies, exotic birds, snakes, frogs, hummingbirds in iridescent colors, an ocelot, and a beautiful Jaguar (who did NOT like it when I meowed at him) and coati.

The golden chrysalis of the Mechanitis Butterfly is breathtaking. No jeweler could create anything more beautiful.

We saw mist, bamboo, traditional ox carts – and the oxen pull them, a traditional Costa Rican home, and waterfalls, waterfalls, waterfalls! The photos hardly do any of them justice.

Sunday, was even more fun than the day before. After what was a walk for everyone else, but a hike for me, we reached beautiful Los Chorros waterfall and natural springs.

We learned it was not safe to drink the water from the river, but the fresh spring water tumbling from the rocks was absolutely delicious and very refreshing.

We traversed the riverbed and, around the corner of the canyon, discovered another big waterfall.

The water was cold but we all got in and had a great time. The “big kids” jumped of cliffs, swam and got crazy. The little kids didn’t appreciate the cold water much…

The Bustillos family joined us for dinner and socializing on Sunday afternoon and evening. All in all, a great day.

Early Monday morning we headed off to our final adventure of my trip – the Monte Verde Cloud Forest. We really saved the best for last.

Day 19 – Zip Line through the Cloud Forest

All 8 of us geared up at Selvatura park and went on the incredible adventure! We literally flew both above and through the lush green forest… and yes, through clouds. It was so much fun… though it took me a bit to get the hang of it..

This is one of the (if not the) largest canopy tour in Costa Rica – covers nearly 2 miles.

Here I am (pic on the left) sailing down one of the 15 zip cables… and the closer arrow is about where I slowed and got “stuck” and basically was hanging there like a sack of potatoes. And I actually had to be rescued by one of the guides…. TWICE! Really embarrassing…. but still worth it.

At the end of the last cable – which was 1000 meters through the clouds (awesome) – was a big “Tarzan” swing. The older kids had a blast on this and Brandon sang out his best Tarzan call.

Just an awesome day.

That evening, I stayed with the girls at the Monteverde Villa Lodge (great value!) so Brandon, Jennifer, Justin and Ashley could go out on a double date… I think the first they’d ever been on.

Our hosts served a delicious breakfast the next morning and then we headed back to Monte Verde for the bridge walk through the forest. Was beautiful – but I missed the clouds from from the previous day (they usually show up later in the day).

I took lots of photos… and I’ll let them tell the rest of the story. View the slideshow below (if you hover over it you can choose to view full screen), or browse the photos at your own pace here.

We stopped at a lovely outdoor restaurant on our way back to Grecia for our last night together. Did a little shopping, Brandon modeled a womans’ sweater and Justin got fresh with a giant breasted mannequin.

Got up before the sunrise the next morning and headed to the airport where I bid my kids farewell and they continued on for a few days adventure without me – which you can read about on Ashley’s and Brandon’s blogs.

It was such a wonderful three weeks… beautiful, relaxing, exciting… and the best part was just spending time with my awesome kids and darling grandbabies. I’m looking forward to my trip back next month.

Yes – I’m going back for a little over two weeks in June to be there when my newest granddaughter makes her grand entrance into the world! Bet you can’t wait for those photos :)

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Cary on May 11th, 2011 at 7:46 am

nice tree frog


Ashley Rae on May 11th, 2011 at 8:19 am

Thanks for letting me re-live this adventure. :) I (we) had so much fun with you. I’m glad we could all spend that time together. It seems like it should be an annual thing…

I love all of the pictures. They make me happy :) Thanks again! Love you!


Anne Heartsong on May 11th, 2011 at 9:10 am

Gorgeous pictures! Love the slideshow. Your granddaughters are just precious!


Michelle on May 11th, 2011 at 11:48 am

Gorgeous!! I always look forward to your pics especially the little frogies and the mushrooms. Sorry about getting stuck on the zip line.lol. How wonderful you were all together and congrats on your next grandchild!


Jennifer Pearce on May 11th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Oh wow! So fun to look through all those amazing photos and remember our fun time together. We are so excited to have you visit again next month!


Brandon on May 11th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Awesome pictures!! And such great memories. I’m so glad you could come up and that we could all be together for a few days. Let’s do it again!


paul on May 11th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

A MAZ ING Awesome post. I cried when I watched the side show. I loved that you were all together in such and amazing place. The Photos were amazing even though the beetles on the leaf looked like they needed a little privacy.


irene on May 12th, 2011 at 10:25 am

Beautiful pictures. I loved all the wonderful pictures of your precious family and so very happy you had the time together. These pictures will bring back memories every time you look at them. I’m sorry you got stuck on the Zip line, but even that makes for a fun memory.YOU are a gifted photographer. You always seem to capture the right moment and place.


Lauren on May 13th, 2011 at 9:46 am

What a beautiful place! I love the green frog photo :). I would like to go there if we ever have money…


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