Yes, this is LONG over-due, but sometimes life gets in the way! I hope you will forgive the lapse in time from the actual trip to my blog posts, and that you will still be able to get some enjoyment and information from our adventures. So with that being said, let's get to the good stuff!
OJOCHAL, COSTA RICA VACATION APRIL 5-15, 2012
DAY 1-2 / APRIL 5-6
You can imagine our excitement--the day is FINALLY here! It's the Thursday before Good Friday, so Gary is at work, and our youngest, Abby is in school. I decided to pull Abby out early from school, and took her and Chloe (our middle daughter) to In N Out Burgers for lunch. We were expecting Gary to be home from work in a few hours, so we figured we had some time to spare; however, on our way home from lunch, Gary called and said he was getting off early and would be home in about an hour. YIKES! We hadn't planned for that one.
We raced home and dashed around the house putting everything together. We ended up leaving the house 15 minutes earlier than our original plan (in other words, Gary's coming home a couple hours early = a whopping 15 minute earlier departure). About 5 minutes into our trip, Chloe realized she left her iPod at home. How would she be able to live without her "tunes" for almost 2 weeks?? Gary graciously turned around so she could bring it with her. So now we were actually leaving later than originally planned.
Our eldest daughter, Ahna, was living in Los Angeles at the time, very close to LAX, so we picked her up around 7:45 pm when we got into town, and went out for dinner at a nearby BJ's. It was a fun, celebratory meal.
|Our 3 Beautiful Girls (notice the matching lipstick!) during Dinner at BJ's|
After dinner, we headed over to the airport. Our plane didn't leave until 2:35 am, and we were getting pretty bored (see picture below) so we spent the time doing power walks around the top story of the airport, and racing each other going up and down the stairs.
|This has to be one of my all-time favorite pictures. It is NOT staged! It's all three girls waiting so patiently for the plane. hahaha|
|Getting ready to take off!|
Now for the drive to Ojochal. About an hour from the airport, we stopped at the Tarcoles River for some lunch in a tourist trap restaurant, but we definitely needed the break as everyone was a bit cranky, tired, and hot. After lunch, we all enjoyed looking at the crocodiles in the river.
|Bridge over the Rio Tarcoles. Everyone is looking for crocodiles!|
Back on the road, we were stopped at a police checkpoint, but Abby was asleep in the backseat between her two sisters, and she had drool coming out of her mouth, which was wide open. Plus the air conditioner in the car wasn't working that well, so she was, shall we say, glistening quite a bit. I think the policeman took one look at her and let us go.
Finally (it's about a 3 1/2 hour drive from the airport on a good day) we arrived in Ojochal! The house we were renting, Casa Faust, was really nice with lots of room. We were all excited to get showers! Shortly after arriving, the rain started, and then the power went out. Thankfully the showers still had hot water, and it was light enough to see what we were doing.
|Casa Faust--our home for the next week!|
|Gary in the pool at Casa Faust|
Casa Faust is located about 1/4 mile or so from our lot, and it offered very similar views to what we will have! The property is managed by Ojochal Vacation Rentals, so if you're interested in a lovely home to vacation in, be sure to contact them and tell them I sent you!
Dinner was at Jardin Tortuga which is a funky, jungle pizza place. It's like eating in a huge tree house. If you look closely in the pictures below, you'll notice it's all open-air, as are most of the restaurants. We love being surrounded by the sights and sounds of the rain forest everywhere we go--even in restaurants! Gary and I remembered the pizza being better last time we were there, but it was still good this time. We met a couple there visiting from Florida and talked with them for quite a while. Also, we ran into our friends from a year ago--Jerry and Susanne! It was great to see them. We had been connected via Facebook, and had planned to get together later in the week, but it was so nice to run into them early and get an extra visit.
|The girls at Jardin Tortuga|