PURA VIDA! Adventures In Costa Rica

IMG_9003Every year I for the past four years I’ve taken a trip to paradise in January. The first time I visited my tour guide pal was out of the country, but I immediately fell in love with Costa Rica, and the area of Jaco Beach in particular. I rode a horse up a mountain and enjoyed a breathtaking view of the area.IMG_0095

The second time I had an amazing time with Gigi. Lalena showed us a secret area far from tourists where there was a triple waterfall! IMG_5150and last year Sahra and I explored the jungle and played in the ocean every evening as the sun set. It’s always bliss…this year was the best yet!

MacAllen 18, Belvedere, Rum, Henry of Pelham wine...drinking in style!

MacAllen 18, Belvedere, Rum, Henry of Pelham wine…drinking in style!

It was my favourite holiday for many reasons: Sahra and I were joined by Barbra Lica and Dhil Tarry…also, Lalena (my Ontario friend who lives there) was more beautiful and sweet than ever (she’s always a thoughtful girl and shows us some places way off the tourist grid) and I suppose the biggest reason is…more exercise than ever, best food ever and the people are so friendly! Every time I go I feel more at home and wish I could stay longer!IMG_6801

Rather than write a blog…I’ll just comment on some  of the photos…and please keep in mind that everything was taken on an iphone or inexpensive waterproof camera, so no matter how lovely some pics are…nothing can compare to the naked eye!

naturally (nature/ally) we never miss a sunset!

naturally (nature/ally) we never miss a sunset!

Phil and Barbie enjoyed Jaco so much! They'll be baaaack!

Dhil and Barbie enjoyed Jaco so much! They’ll be baaaack!

Kicking ass on the beach with Sahra.

Kicking ass on the beach with Sahra.

Best Barbie pic ever - Sahra took it!

Best Barbie pic ever – Sahra took it!

courtesy of Sahra and her iphone

courtesy of Sahra and her iphone

a five hour hike in the jungle was one of our favourite days!

a five hour hike in the jungle was one of our favourite days!

getting along famously!getting along famously!

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I brought along "Looks Like Howard" by Patricia Kambitsch for for my holiday...I recommend it for pool or poolside reading!

I brought along “Looks Like Howard” by Patricia Kambitsch for for my holiday…I recommend it for pool or poolside reading!

the view from our pool

the view from our pool

This statue might look big at first...

This statue might look big at first…

...but the mermaid is not so huge...

…but the mermaid is not so huge…

I spent more time in the water one week than I do for most of the summer in Toronto! (In Toronto, I’m ON, not IN water!)

Pizza delivery...in the pool?

Pizza delivery…in the pool?

Miracle pool, preparing for an underwater action figure shoot!

Miracle pool, preparing for an underwater action figure shoot!

Sahra  IS the ocean! (No idea how this pic happened!)

Sahra IS the ocean! (No idea how this pic happened!)

Gorgeous gals ready for dinner!

Gorgeous gals ready for dinner!

If you ever go to Jaco, and if I know you well, I will suggest you hire beautiful Lalena to show you around!

If you ever go to Jaco, and if I know you well, I will suggest you hire beautiful Lalena to show you around!

Monkey Salad! (uh, it's fish...just felt compelled to make a monkey face after seeing so many in the jungle)

Monkey Salad! (uh, it’s fish…just felt compelled to make a monkey face after seeing so many in the jungle)

MORE PICS TO FOLLOW SOON...come back in a day if you wanna see more!

MORE PICS TO FOLLOW SOON…come back in a day if you wanna see more!

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