Happy, because she didn't TORCHED like I did. I hadn't peeled in years. As soon as I got back in the US of A I was peeling like a tangelo.
Is it weird that I take so many pictures of her sleeping? It's not right? Right?
A few times we got here right at sunrise - walking up and down the beach with the sun coming up was very, very memorable.
Playa Carillo - one of these nicest beaches I've ever been to. Top 5 for sure. The palm trees beautifully line the edge of the beach. Solid waves, clear water at the perfect temperature.
Howler monkey outside are hotel. These SAVAGES are pretty loud and they howl really deep. They make a way different sound than I expected. YouTube it.
Us at a cool vista point at the end of the trail. Samara beach in the background.
I love hikes with rewards like this.
Still watching us as we went up the path.
Alligator tree. Groovy.
Howler monkey taking a good look at us.
An allegedly highly poisonous banana spider. Stay away!
People saw me shooting like this, with the turtle and against the sunset and started copying my style.
We did another guided hike around Samara and saw some flora and fauna local to the dry jungles by the ocean. Different birds, different monkeys, different bugs. Good stuffs.
These shots of this turtle heading back into the ocean reminded me a lot of a particular shot in Sicario.
Channelling my inner Roger Deakins here. Feel me?
Slowly getting back into the ocean...
One coming in and one going out...
It was a long drive from Monteverde to Samara - I needed some breaks from the windy, unpaved mountain roads. This was a nice stop. Looking out at the Pacific and Nicoya again.
Our first night in Samara we went up to Ostional to watch some turtles come up on shore and lay eggs. I wasn't into the laying of eggs that much (gross) - but watching the turtles come up on shore and descend back into the ocean was something I've always wanted to see.
Ten year old Brendan would've been very happy with everything I saw on this trip.
Exhausted after walking through Curicancha all morning. I was too, so I had two lattes, a cinnamon roll, ice cream, a cookie and a chicken dish.
This coati got pretty close to us - must be used to jabroni tourists.
Back in the lowland forest they had a cool hummingbird feeding area. Easy way to take some nice pictures of hummingbirds.
It was pretty far away and I had trouble getting a decent shot of it.
I can see why bird photographers will camp out with a tripod and an expensive fixed focal length lens to get a perfect picture. These ones just didn't "cut the mustard", as Hollywood Hogan said about Syxx back in early 1998.
We were lucky enough for our guide to spot a quetzal - which I guess are really hard to spot on an average height. I don't think they are endangered, but there are not that many of them either.
The colors on this bird are striking. Red chest, green wings and a blue plume.
Cloud forest is a fitting name...
Some epiphytes - plants that grow harmlessly on another plant. Saw a lot of this in the cloud forest.
Plants on plants on plants!
The flora was noticably greener as we moved into the cloud forest - I even thought the fungi looked cool.
Another angry white faced monkey.
White faced monkey. They looked angry.