So last week Ryan and I left the kids w/ his parents, (thanks so much!!), met up with some good friends (Darren and Cyndi), and left the freezing temps in Colorado (really it was almost 60 the day we left, but it's been a cold winter) and flew to sunny Costa Rica! After a huge mishap at the airport where Cyndi almost didn't make the flight (no-thanks snowy Utah and a really rotten girl who works for Frontier Airlines!) we took off at midnight and arrived I think around 6 am in Costa Rica. I said I think b/c all time ceased to matter once we were in the air:) Once we landed and went through customs we picked up our rental car (took 2 hours) and had breakfast at Dennys (for $60!) Then we got on the road for a 4 hour drive to the resort we stayed at - ugh. But we got to see the country a bit. When all was said and done Cyndi had travelled for 24 hours straight (and the rest of us were closer to 18). This is Liberia, about 15 minutes from where we stayed. All the comforts of home:) And this is the view from the reception desk. Our little bungalow rooms were to the right of this picture.We took our stuff to our rooms where this little guy greeted us, we saw him lots. Then we met up at the bar for lunch, apparently $60 at Dennys doesn't last more than 4 hours:) Check out the guy "throwing out the vibe" behind Ryan. That's really why we took this picture - (we're not that mature:) But the swimwear of choice for most of the older men was speedos. kind of gross! To the right of Ryan was a little sitting section that looked at the ocean. and to the left was the pool. None of us got in the pool once, it was all ocean baby!After a much needed GREAT night's sleep, we headed an hour and a half away to Adventure Tours where we were going horseback riding, zip lining and tubing down a river. BEST DAY EVER! We got stopped by a little cattle drive on our way. Notice the GPS on the windshield? totally saved us!!! We first went horseback riding to here. The horses were super mellow, almost to a fault. But Darren was still very nervous, he does not love animals:)
This is what was behind us in the above picture:
We could have swam (or swimmed or swum?) in it, but we were confused and didn't wear our suits for this part of it. Next was tubing , which we did wear our suits for - soooo fun!
Me: Ryan and Darren:
After lunch (I swear Costa Rica has THE best Coke EVER! I became readdicted on vacation) we went on a zipline tour. Here we are getting instructions. Don't we all look HOT in our gear?!
I think Ryan and Darren have little man crushes on each other - thanks to their shared passion for BYU sports!Ryan taking the plunge - to what feels like death the first time you go! Darren had this concerned look on most of our "adventures":) - although he said he had a good time!
As part of the zipline we had the option to "rappel" down into the canyon (actuall they kind of dropped us, but only about 75 feet), swing across the river, and climb back up the side of the canyon wall, so we did it:)
This is Ryan about to drop: