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Rocky



Welcome to Jurassic Park!



Greetings from beautiful Costa Rica!  What an amazing place.  It's a must if you are planning a tropical vacation.



Sue and I just got back from 6 days in the Papagayo region of Costa Rica.  Here's the view from the lobby of our hotel.  Not too shabby.


Our iguana friend in a tree just outside our room.


Ocean view from our room at the Occidental.


Sorry Dunkin, but Costa Rican coffee rocks!  We brought back pounds.


These guys were also outside our room looking for food.  They are a member of the raccoon family called Cioti (pronounced Quah-tee).


And yes, they are super friendly and super cute.


The Costa Rican countryside.  It was the dry season while we were there.


Hunting for crocs.


We found one!


If you think the roads in PA are bad, wait til you drive in Costa Rica.



Crossing one of the hanging bridges in a rain forest.  Check out our guide behind me...on his cellphone.  Think about that the next time you drop a call.  He's on his phone, IN A RAIN FOREST!


Natural beauty.  The Bird of Paradise flower.


Sunset at Monkey Rock.


This is a Jesus Lizard.  Why the name?  He's got skills.  When attacked he flees by running on water.


More wildlife.  Monkeys are EVERYWHERE.


A 3-toed Sloth taking a lunch break.



Our Iguana friend again looking for a handout.


Beach time.


My favorite part of the trip...Arenal Volcano National Park.  All it needed was a few Raptors.


So prehistoric.  There are hundreds of volcanos in Costa Rica but this is one of the 6 that is active.  It last erupted in 2002, killing 80 people.  Real Estate is cheap! :)


Take only pictures.  Leave only footprints.  Costa Ricans, Ticos as they are called, take great pride in their country.  Tourism is the #1 industry, and they aim to keep it that way.  That's why the rain forests and wildlife is protected by very strict laws.

It was an awesome, WAY TOO SHORT trip.  We're already planning our another visit!

-Rock


 





 


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