I wrote this post last spring, and it's been sitting in my drafts folder ever since. I'm not sure what held me back from posting it then, but reading it now makes me smile. Everything I wrote here still holds true. I take comfort in these memories. Yesterday as I knelt in the garden to clear … Continue reading Remembering Gram
Last night I saw a video about a baby hippo named Fiona, who lives at the Cincinnati Zoo. She is so stinking cute I can hardly stand it. So I decided to make her the subject of my drawing today! Drawn with 2H pencil and shaded with Staedtler 0.3 mm triples fineliner pens. Edit: … Continue reading Fiona
Our final full day in Costa Rica dawned sunny and bright. We had breakfast in the restaurant upstairs and enjoyed the gorgeous view. We decided we would go back to Playa Hermosa for the day. On the way, we stopped at a little grocery store to get some drinks and snacks. Outside, we saw the … Continue reading Costa Rica Trip, Day 14 – Our Final Day
Playa Ocotal was the most interesting beach we visited in Costa Rica. The surf was very strong while we were there, so we didn't go in the ocean much. The beach itself had dark gray sand and there was a lot of rocks at the surface, which was kind of scary considering how rough the waves … Continue reading Costa Rica Trip, Day 13 – Playa Ocotal
I was out of my mind. I wanted out of that cave so bad. I climbed, shakily, looking up at the pinhole of light that was the exit. I climbed that ladder like you wouldn't believe, smashing my knees against the rungs and smearing guano all over my arms and chest as I clutched the ladder like my life depended on it.
The water at Playa Conchal is that gorgeous turquoise color everyone imagines when they think of beach resort vacations. I really don't know how Conchal could be covered with shells and have turquoise water while right next door Brasilito is just regular old sand and regular blue/gray ocean water color.
The next morning, we ate Cheerios on our balcony and gawked at the view. This area reminded me a lot of the Southern California coast - except way less developed. Maybe this is what Southern California looked like 50 years ago. We saw all kinds of fun things from this balcony. Dogs wandering happily on … Continue reading Costa Rica Trip, Day 10 – Playa Hermosa
In the morning, we had our final breakfast at Hotel Tangara. By this time I was going to weep if I had to eat another banana, but fortunately they switched up the fruit so we got to have pineapple and papaya instead. We drove in the rain most of the way back to Ruta 1. … Continue reading Costa Rica Trip, Day 9 – Getting to Playas del Coco
We spent our final full day in the Arenal area doing the most adventurous stuff we could handle – ziplining and whitewater rafting! I’ll admit that I was a little nervous about it. I’d never ziplined OR whitewater rafted before this. I’m not really afraid of heights, but I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about … Continue reading Costa Rica Trip, Day 8 – Ziplines and Rafts!
We spent Friday exploring the hanging bridges at Arenal Sky Adventures. It was a very warm day, and there was a lot of hiking to get to each bridge. We saw many cool trees and plants, and we even saw capuchin monkeys! The hanging bridges were neat, since they let you walk up in the … Continue reading Costa Rica Trip, Day 7 – Hanging Bridges