Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Costa Rica Trip (Day 4)

December 30 - Tropical Yoga and River Cruise
I attended the 6:30am free yoga class on the pavilion near the pool. I didn't get as hot and sweaty as I'd expected, given the warm and humid climate, but apparently I attracted the nasty stinging flies and ended up with several bug bites (that still haven't completely healed more than a week later!). With just enough time to grab breakfast, including the huevos duros that Mr. E had ordered for me tucked into a napkin, we climbed back onto the bus for about a 2-hour drive to the site of our River Cruise up in the very northern part of the country. We had a pause along the way to get a closer look at some pineapple fields and also slowed down as we crossed a little bridge surrounded by trees full of iguanas and a sloth in a tree along the side of the road:

During the 2-hour river cruise, we got to see quite a bit of wildlife, including birds, a crocodile, some iguanas, several "Jesus Christ" lizards (they skim or "walk" across the top of the water), and even a rather angry white-faced monkey that didn't appreciate being stared at by humans:

We traveled far enough north to hit the border with Nicaragua! And when the boat turned around, we were north of that boundary, so I guess technically we visited two new countries during this trip.

After the cruise, we had lunch at a local restaurant and then piled back onto the bus to return to the hotel. We discovered a fabulous "towel dog" on the bed -- such a fun thing for the housekeeping staff to create for guests!

Lots of folks hit the pool when we got back, but Mr. E and I decided to take advantage of the cloud cover to do a walkabout for almost an hour to get some activity after being on the bus for such a long time. We also were able to take time to admire the beautiful grounds of the resort, particularly the flowers and fruit trees:

We eventually found our way to the pool again for some laps and finally got our pool-side cocktails as well -- a Guaro Sour for me (my new favorite, made with the national Cacique rum, simple sugar, and citrus) and a Toucan Tico for Mr. E. Our day finished with a return to the El Rincon bar to finish our card game and bid farewell to the bartender.


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