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17 July 2009
Photo Friday: Tamarindo raft-up

a beautiful Tamarindo sunset
another jaw-droppingly beautiful Tamarindo sunset

In keeping with the "I wanna go to the beach!" theme I started last Photo Friday, here are some pics from Tamarindo, Costa Rica. This was the first stop on my 10-week trip through Central America in 2007. I was fortunate to stay with some very generous friends who are building a house on Costa Rica's gorgeous Pacific Coast. They invited me to come to their version of a neighborhood picnic, an event called a raft-up where everyone goes to the beach, piles onto a bunch of catamarans, and heads to a more secluded beach for a day of grilling, music, games, and general beachy goodness. That's *my* kinda block party! But that's how it's done in Costa Rica, where "Pura Vida" is not just a tourism slogan but a way of life.

raft-up dance party!
raft-up dance party!

Pura Vida at the Tamarindo raft-up
Pura Vida at the Tamarindo raft-up

Tamarindo Still Life
Tamarindo Still Life: flops Imperial

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08 July 2007
Tamarindo Raft-up
All hail the turtle!

Absolutely the best way to spend a Sunday, hands-down! The first annual Raft-up was sorta like a neighborhood picnic, except in this neighborhood that means going down to the beach, getting on a bunch of catamarans, sailing off to an even more remote beach, and spending the day swimming, sunning, playing volleyball, and enjoying tunes and a catered buffet. Sa-weeeeeeet!

all hail the turtle!Thanks to the drill-sargeant organizational skills of Jeff & Carol's friend -- let's call her Sally, names changed to protect the guilty -- we were all assigned to the "good" boat, well-stocked with libations. And in a stroke of genius, Sally had also brought a floating turtle to serve as a beverage caddy! The first Moment of Zen came when Sally's sister Jessica decided to tie the turtle to her ankle and swim ashore from the boat. The rest of us followed with our "noodles," and were most amused when the turtle got flipped over, sending Jessica's sunglasses and several beverages into the sea. The sunglasses were never found again, but thanks to the laws of physics, most of the drinks remained unharmed, with only a slightly salty taste around the rim of the bottle.

beachy dance party goodnessThe second Moment of Zen occurred when the DJ decided to put on "Low Rider." And of course I couldn't help but start to shake mah groove thang, almost without even realizing it. Suddenly two hotties appear and start dancing with me. Instant dance party on the beach! Life does not suck.

The day ended with a spectacular sunset, marred only slightly by Sally´s completely drunk husband Matt stumbling on deck and almost breaking my toe. And then a lovely dip in the pool back in Casa Maya. Good times, good times! I am blessed to have such fantastic friends in such fantastic places.

Check out the rest of the pics from the raft-up and around Tamarindo in the photo section.

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07 July 2007
A lucky-seven day

Lola... sommmmmmme pig!Another relaxing day in paradise. Today we drove out to Playa Avellanas, along some notoriously bad roads that apparently used to be even worse. Passed some great scenery, from beef-jerky cows along the side of the road to "haunted forest" old-growth trees. And on to the beach, home of Lola´s Restaurant and Lola the Pig. Now that is sommmmmmme pig! The beach was cute, and had a bit of a hippy-crunchy feel to it, with lots of surfers and dreadlocked folk hanging out in hammocks. We had a lovely lunch at some funky carved tables on the beach, and some random dude with a random gourd instrument strolled around twanging it tunelessly. (Well, what can you expect from a gourd, a long piece of bamboo with a single string, and a chopstick?)

the scene at the Surf ClubThat evening we were hoping to catch Saturday Night Bingo at the Surf Club, the neighborhood sports bar owned by two Americans who never quite made it past the "Endless Summer" phase. But, alas, we lacked critical mass for bingo, so instead we just hung out for a while and met some of the locals. Characters, all! The local George Carlin lookalike spent a good half hour telling us about a fascinating dictionary website which he kept referring to as "Spanish Dick.....T! Don´t forget the T!" (The more you drink, the funnier he gets.) Another wild-and-crazy Saturday night in Langosta!

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06 July 2007
Made it to Tamarindo!

The flight to Tamarindo was a breeze... thanks to last year's Caribbean junket, I have become a seasoned veteran passenger of micro-aircraft! And fortunately I was warned about the 30lb weight limit for checked baggage, unlike the four whiny American girls ahead of me in line who had to ship their luggage on the next day's flight and hope for the best.

This shot just about sums it up:

Nature Air: on the tarmac - First of all, how the heck are they going to fit all that luggage into that tiny little airplane??? Second, do you really think the plane's going to be able to fly through all those dense thunderclouds? Obviously since I'm here to write this, the flight made it safely to Tamarindo quite smoothly. And I was pleased to see that Nature Air is the world's first carbon neutral airline. Go Ticos!

Jeff and Carol's rental place is fabulous, but when they finish construction on their new home they'll really be living large. I got a tour of the various plots they're developing in Tamarindo Heights. Verrrrry nice. Spent the rest of the day hanging out and taking a quick walk around Langosta (croissants and all) with Jeff, Andrew, and Babee the Israeli wondermutt.

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