Water World Part 2

 

IMG_20190326_084355780_BURST000_COVER_TOP

Yesterday morning we set off on our second water adventure. Sue booked us an ocean kayak and snorkeling trip. We decided to drive to the tour company rather than have them pick us up as the drive home from the white water rafting included about an hour extra to drop off the other rafters. This way, we figured, we could drive to Quepos, the town where Iguana Tours has its offices and then when were done with the kayaking, we would wander the town.  We arrived at 8 a.m.  for our tour (yes, on vacation Sue booked us early morning activities every day so far) and were pleased to find that we were the only ones going. A driver took us to the beach and we met Alex our tour guide. A quick lesson on how to paddle, a safety lesson (stay in the kayak) and off we went. The water was beautiful: clear, calm, a bit of wind, but nothing that made paddling hard. We kayaked for about a mile, which took us about an hour. When we reached the snorkeling spot, we tied the kayaks together (ours and Alex’s), he tied them to a buoy, and we hopped into the water.

IMG_20190326_103022745_BURST000_COVER_TOPThe snorkeling was great, huge schools of small, colorful fish were all around. It felt like we were swimming in a tropical fish tank (which I guess we were –just a very large one!). Unfortunately, I forgot my GoPro, so I didn’t get any pictures/video of the fish. We snorkeled until we had our fill, hopped into the kayaks and beached on a nearby peninsula for a snack of fresh pineapple (which Alex cut up in front of us), cookies and lots of water. While we were relaxing, we had a visit from a troop (or barrel) of monkeys.  They hopped from tree to tree eating the leaves.  One of them had a baby on her back, while another small one seemed to be trying only very long (and scary) jumps.  Alex said that once we left, they would come down and eat the remains of the pineapple (and if they didn’t, the iguana’s would).

Once we were done, we hopped back in the kayaks and paddled our way back. All in we spent about 3 hours on the water. They tour company provided us with lunch in Quepos (typical food!).  After lunch we wandered through the town for about an hour and were ready to leave.

We walked back to our car and found to our dismay that it wouldn’t start. Luckily,Alamo, whom we rented the car from, was next door. We walked in and let them know we were having a problem.  After about 20 minutes the mechanic came out and walked over to our car.  He took one look, grabbed a new battery, and we were on our way. Whew. If you have read our blog before, you know that we have had car trouble on several trips and have been extremely lucky each time. Fingers crossed that streak holds.

 

Oh The Things We Will Do & See

We (read Sue) did quite a bit of planning for Costa Rica this weekend.  Usually we try and organize quite a bit of our excursions before we go, or at least we sketch out what we are doing.  For this trip, we decided to plan what we wanted to do but then pretty much try and book on the day or the day before.

The first few days we are staying near the Manuel Antonio National Park. While there we will certainly go white water rafting on the  Upper Naranjo river.   We found a company call Pro Rafting Costa Rica and plan to book through them.  Some other things we are thinking about doing are:

Nighttime walking or boating tour in the National Park. The nice thing about the walking tour is we will be right in the ju03ngle, so close up to what ever we find. On the other hand…we will be close up to what ever we find!  The boat tour sounds more leisurely, but that isn’t usually our style.  Either way, it should be fun–in the jungle, at night.

Mangrove kayaking. There are lots of mangrove swamps and kayaking through them looks like it will give us a daytime view of the jungle at a safe distance from the land-based wildlife.  Sue tells me that the alligators don’t usually eat people as long as they stay in their kayaks. Hmmm: Could she be planning something?  One of the tour operators offers this at night, too.S o alone in a swamp, that is in a jungle, in a foreign country, where we don’t speak the language (Hey, I have been doing Duolingo for 64 days and can say useful things like: Do you work in a factory?) and separated from man- human- (?–yes, human, unless you think they are trained to eat only men) eating animals by a few millimeters of plastic. Sounds perfect.

Ocean kayaking/snorkeling. This tour takes us out into the ocean to kayak and then do some snorkeling.

Segway tour. Segway tour?  Really, going all the way to Costa Rica to ride a Segway?  Well, there is some history to this one.  Before started our blog, we traveled to Morocco (BTW: fabulous trip, fabulous place, a really great vacation for anyone with a small amount of adventurous spirit). For my birthday, Sue organized a Segway tour of Marrakech.  Unfortunately, the tour guide no-showed on us.  Needless to say, it is all Sue’s fault and she owes me a Segway tour.  Maybe we will do it in Costa Rica.

cano-island-costa-rica-scuba-300x216Scuba Diving.This is a long shot.  Sue didn’t really love diving when we did it in Hawaii, but perhaps she will give it another try.  (I said I would. I was just cold and seasick from the boat fumes.) One of the downsides to it is that there is a 10-mile boat ride to the island and she gets seasick (a very terrible feeling) so we will see.

Hiking.We will be going hiking, in the park, near the park, and anywhere else we can find.

Enough for today.  We will write about the things we will do near the Arenal Volcano for our next post.

Last Day, Great Day

Thursday was our last day in Hawaii 😦 As usual we were booked. First, we did a kayak and snorkel tour through Holokai Kayak & Snorkel Adventures on the windward side of the island. We were supposed to go to Gilligan’s Island, but alas, we ended up shipwrecked on Horseshoe Reef because there is construction around Gilligan’s (Coconut) Island and it kicked up silt so the visibility was bad.  We got towed part of the

Attach15809_20180503_130746

way out to the reef and then paddled the rest of the way. Apparently, Steven and I are speed demons because we were first to the boat. After my initial reluctance to get into cold water (not cold for normal people–about 71 degrees–but cold for me) we snorkeled around the reef with Kevin from the tour group as our guide. The coral and fish are beautiful. Some of us saw a turtle, but we did not. That’s OK, we saw them during our Scuba trip.

On the way back, we learned what “windward” means when the gusts picked up. Kevin towed us to a spot where we could paddle downwind. It was like a water roller-coaster –thank you scopalamine patch. Once again, Steven and I beat the crowd back to our launch site at He’eia State Park, where we had a barbecue lunch (I had chicken, ribs & corn -yum!).  They even had a veggie burger for me. Yay!Attach15810_20180503_130746

After the trip, we did spend about an hour chilling in the hotel (no, really, we did).  Then it was off to Moku Kitchen to see our new friends Dominic and Mo, whom we met at Opal Thai and happen to work at the restaurant where my cousin made reservations. Mo made us some off-the-menu delicious drinks (Great drinks – no idea what they were) and Dominic was very hospitable. They are just two really good guys. I hadn’t really spent any time with Carol, as she was born around the time I graduated from college (boy, am I old –35!), so that was great too. You can never have too much family (that lives in Honolulu). Oh yes, the food at Moku was delicious. Fresh fish cooked to perfection. Not that Steven would know since he doesn’t eat fish. I had pepper steak – it was great!

IMG_20180503_151222045Oh, I almost forgot: We made it to the beach. Kind of. We stepped on the sand at the beach right outside our hotel. Can’t go to Hawaii without hitting the beach.  Cool thing about Hawaii – all the beaches are public and they have lots of access paths, so you can always stroll along the beach.