January 29, 2012

it's been a year.

After our family vaca in Costa Rica we figured, since we're in the general vicinity, we'd mosey on down to Honduras for a few days. It had been about a year since we left and we were excited to go back to visit.  Our stay was way too short, just three days because most of our week consisted of traveling to and from Copan.  But it was awesome to catch up with the old UP Honduras staff and to visit with some of our local friends.  Plus Matt had the chance to have a little reunion with some of his camp kids who were either happy to see him or ran away in shyness.  Go figure.

January 26, 2012

river boat tour.

Spot the croc.

Spot the monkeys.

Tamarindo Estuary, Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica

January 25, 2012

January 24, 2012

monkey park.

Mama marmoset with newly born twins on her back.
Fundación Monkey Park, Portegolpe, Costa Rica

January 23, 2012

costa rica, una vez más.

Matt's parents blessed their kids with a family vacation to Costa Rica during Christmas.  So parents + all Matt's siblings + spouses (woo hoo) headed to Tamarindo, Costa Rica for a week.  Spent a lot of time on the beach and did some sightseeing.  Tamarindo is a little surf town, so I decided to give surfing a try.  Matt and his brother had surfed before, plus their cousin who was traveling through the country had been learning how to surf, so I had plenty of help.  I'm proud to say I caught a couple of baby waves the first time I tried (see photo below).  The second time was not as successful with me bailing every time.  So I lasted an hour and quit.  But, surfing wasn't as scary as I thought it would be.  On the other hand, snorkeling was, only because it never fails that at some point, I get stung by jellyfish.  I did so well for the whole time until I started swimming back to the sailboat when - sting...not once, but twice - on my face.  Needless to say, there was panicking, a lot of flailing, and pain.  Overall, great trip, good time with the family/in-laws, and Costa Rica was a nice getaway for us, yet again.  So here are some photos (I realize I've yet to post photos of our first trip to Costa Rica)...

Playa Tamarindo.

Do I look pro or what.  (photo by Jessica Morgun)

This area of Costa Rica is one of the world's few remaining sites where the Giant Leatherback Turtle comes and lays her eggs.  It was egg laying season so some of us did a tour to see turtles nesting which lasted from 8pm-12am.  We saw nothing that night.  Thanks for nothing, Nature.

Howler monkey hanging out on a powerline.  Matt had a little conversation with him, but it still didn't seem impressed with us gawking.

Rice and beans.  Can't beat the local typical dish.  Seriously, so good.

My only regret was missing out on "Fantastic World", an amusement park made up of inflatable structures (think bouncy castle), so we could do this...
and this...

Next time.  Stay tuned for Monkey Park, catamaran sailing, and river boat tour photos.