Flash Back to Costa Rica Pt. 1

Hello friends!
Happy New Year!!
I am back, sort of.
December was a roller coaster of a month.  It was a mix of work, traveling and grieving the loss of a dear friend.  I have to admit that I have been running away from my feelings a bit.  I have never really been that good at dealing with loss.  Externally I seem to do ok, hold things together and support others who are also dealing with the same loss, but on the inside I am a bit of a mess.
So our trip to Costa Rica came at the perfect time for me to escape a little and process what has happened this month a little better.
I don’t want to make this post all down and depressing even though those feelings have haunted me the past month.  Our trip was also really fun and relaxing.
Costa Rica has always been a place where I have always felt utter peace.  No matter what my life was throwing at me, my trips down there were always wonderful.  I am so happy that I was finally able to share Costa Rica with the Hubs.  This was my 10th trip and his first!  It did not disappoint one bit. Well only that we wish it was a longer trip!  I took over 1000 pics on the trip, and while I want to share many of them with you, my computer has decided it wants to be cranky so I only have some of them.  I will share our first 2 days with you and the rest ASAP!

We left Houston in a nasty thunderstorm.  Thankfully we had zero issues with our flight out!  We even landed early in San Jose.  My BFF picked us up at the airport and took us to our hotel in the city.  Boy it felt good to be back!

We both were super hungry when we finally were settled in our room and room service was available 24/7 and it was yummy!
We got a little sleep and woke up to the birds chirping and a delicious breakfast!

My BFF Jeffrey came and picked us up and we headed out to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. I have been to the main waterfall several times before, but I had NO idea there was a huge wildlife park there also!  It was so peaceful and beautiful.  The animals were simply amazing! The weather was a little cloudy and misty, but it felt great!
We did a lot of walking and hiking up and down the trails, but the views were so worth it!

Seeing amazing animals in their natural habitat was so beautiful!  Many different types of snakes (in glass enclosures!!!), butteries, insects, humming birds, frogs, monkeys, and jaguars.  All the plants and flowers were also so stunning! The pictures really don’t do justice of the beauty!

 

There was a gorgeous aviary filled with toucans, wild turkeys, scarlet macaws, grosbeaks, tanagers.  Both the Hubs and I were able to have a toucan land on us.  They were really gentle…and then one pooped on my head.  That gave everyone a good laugh!

It was an amazing way to start off the trip!
More recaps and pics to come!

I don’t have a Foodie Friday recipe today, but make sure you check out my FF girls and see the awesome recipes they have been sharing!

Also, if you have any ideas for Foodie Friday themes, let me know and we will work them into our schedule!!

I hope your new year is off to a great start!

Blessings to all!

May your day be filled with joy and strength!

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5 thoughts on “Flash Back to Costa Rica Pt. 1

  1. fitballingrunningmom

    i was waiting for these beautiful pictures!!! counting down to our trip at the end of June!!! Look at those views, animals….look at it all!!! So beautiful!!!!

    We are finally being hit by winter weather here in MD so thoughts it tropis and rain forest are so helpful right now-lol!

    Reply
    1. chocolaterunnergirl Post author

      You will love it!!
      The views never disappoint!
      I will be posting more pics tomorrow and the rest by this weekend (weeding through over 1000 pics has taken longer than planned).
      We have had colder weather here and I’m ready to go back! Haha

      Reply
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