Blame it on the rain

Trip Start Jan 03, 2010
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Trip End Jan 28, 2010


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

We had a great time in Tortuguero.  It was a wonderful place and experience but the weather was just not cooperating.

We had plans of expanding our ventures on the Caribbean coast but the weather forecast predicted another entire week of rain.  It wasn't an inconvenient drizzle, it was buckets of rain and flooding everywhere.

Sheena fell in love with this dog and named him Max or rather Maximilian.  He even slept on my sandals while we scrambled to sort soak clothes.
 
Here is a short, poorly edited video to illustrate why we had to leave:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fnkz68CrKA

Rather than deal with 9 days straight of heavy rain, I said hell with it and we chanced it by driving across the entire country to the pacific ocean.  It would be pretty horrible to do that in most any other country but luckily Costa Rica is small.

My general approach to driving in other countries is this:  
Find the craziest jerkoff on the road and follow them like a shadow.  I approach driving less like a point A to point B and more like a Baha 1000.   When in Central America.....

The roads here really suck so it was challenging but we did make it across the country.  We also managed to get pulled over by cop that said we were speeding (duh) and making illegal passes. I was just following the guy in front of me but I got popped because there are stickers on the car to say that its a rental.  I never received a physical ticket and paid in cash.....  I'm sure the ticket fee will find its way back to the station....

There are many things I like about Costa Rica.  It really has beautiful nature and the eco system is truly impressive.  The problem is that we are finding the local food not so appealing.   Everything is sweet.  Al Pastor?  Beans?  Catsup?  Iced Tea?  It was all to sweet to deal with.

We have had to simplify things a bit, order plain foods, and suggest preparations.  Raw fruits and vegetables are hard to mess up.  Grill or fry fish and DON'T ADD ANYTHING and you can't really mess that up.

We got some laundry done, went swimming in a pool, took a HOT shower (hot water was a luxury in Tortuguero) and passed the hell out.  Costa Rica is small but driving across it in the rain is taxing.

It is pleasantly dry here in Quepos.  We are sleeping with no alarm set and we will check out the national park when we are good and ready.  

We hope all of our friends and family are safe and warm.  We miss you guys!
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