Sunday, January 30, 2011

Costa Rica

We decided to escape the snow and cold (-21 with the wind chill when we left). We spent last week in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It was wonderfully warm...low 90's and not a cloud in the sky. The kids loved being able to swim every day. We did a few excursions: 4-wheeling in the country, zip-lining through the rainforest, mud baths and hot springs at the volcano basin, and deep sea-fishing.

The whole group from Wisconsin.

Ian and Ella zip-lining. One of the guides hooked Ella to his harness.

Yes, we cheered on the Packers in our swimsuits. All the commentary was in Spanish!

The swim-up bar was a hit!

Bill was always first to volunteer to give Ella a nap!

The beach was dark, volcanic sand. A nice beach, but I think we prefer the white sand beaches. The dark sand stained everything!

The guys took Ian fishing. 3 hours and 45 minutes of boredom, but the last 15 minutes were worth it. They caught a Rooster fish that was as tall and weighed as much as Ian! Unfortunately Rooster fish aren't good eating, so they didn't bring it back for the resort kitchen to cook for us.

The mud pits and hot springs near the volcano.

We were woken to Howler Monkeys in the trees each morning. There is a reason why they are called Howler Monkeys...they were loud!