After an amazing 24hrs at the Tabacon Hot Springs we jumped in our tiny rental car and took off down the windy, pot hole filled roads to Tamarindo, a beach town on the North West Coast. We arrived at the JW Marriott late evening in time for dinner and some wine before crashing for the night. We spent the next ...
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Tabacon – Arenal Volcano

Sunday morning came quickly, a little too quickly as we could have spent a few more days exploring the park and Manuel Antonio.  We got up and out early to drive back to San Jose and head for La Fortuna in the northern part of the country. This time we flew Nature Air, a two prop plane with enough seats ...
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Manuel Antonio

Monkeys, Sloths, toucans, zip lines oh my!  Manuel Antonio is a fun filled destination emerging from the jungle and jutting into the pacific coast.  It's no wonder it's a big tourist destination with the national park full of incredible hiking, beautiful white sand beaches and friendly people.   Day 1: Making up for lost time and no bags we headed across ...
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Stand-by fun

The thing about standby is you have to hope for the best while always evaluating what the back up options are, quick on your feet.  Especially these days with airline travel is tough and not as fun as it used to be.  The thing to remember is go with the flow and move on from the disappointment; I mean, you're ...
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Sloth in Costa Rica

Overdue Trip to Costa Rica !

Well this is way overdue, referring to an international trip and one we have been pushing off for no good reason - except for a few little things like moving, new jobs and buying our first house.  After everything life has thrown our way the last few years we decided it was time to pull the trigger and embrace our ...
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Chaing Mai

Thailand 2011

Koh Lipe is an amazing little island in the middle of the Andaman Sea.  After three days at Castaway Resort we moved to the northwest side of the island and finished our days at Mountain Resort. After our last leisurely breakfast our transfer awaited, a motor bike with sidecar.  We bombed through the walking street and up to our next ...
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Castaway Dive Shop

Castaway Divers

26 December We made our way to the dive shop about 0900 to get our gear and set up our tanks.  Everyone boarded the long tail boat and we were off for our first of two dives.  As we entered the marine park we were stopped by the authorities and asked to pay a 200 THB entrance fee.  This was ...
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Thailand Koh Lipe

Island Hopping

24 December, Christmas Eve We made our flight arrangements into Phuket before realizing the distance to Koh Lipe and that Hat Yai is the closer airport; although the 6.5 hour ferry ride took a whole day of beach time we were actually glad to have the opportunity to do a little island hopping.  We made our way through the Andaman ...
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Chiang Mai

23 December  We are a couple of days behind getting this out but our days have been full of fun site seeing and the hassle of getting this all set up and connected to the internet has moved it down the priority list.  Better late than never! It's Friday and our first day that we've had a relaxing morning; we ...
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Siam Rice

Doi Suthep, Spa, Cooking Class

22 December This morning we took advantage of our jet lag and headed out early.  Doi Suthep is Chiang Mai's most famous temple; they say if you don't visit Doi Suthep you don't visit Chiang Mai.  We arranged a taxi to pick us up at 0515 for the 45 minute drive up the mountain so we could make it for ...
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Elephants in Thailand

Elephant Nature Park

We arrived early evening on Tuesday and were able to take a walk through the night market and get a feel for Chiang Mai.  We Immediately felt how polite and laid back the people are here and enjoyed looking around at the local items.  We stopped by a food cart for some dinner, watched some traditional Thai dancing and took ...
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Mall of America

Testing Flexibility and Accepting the Adventure

We have been trying to figure out how to start this post for a few days now and keep saying ''we will write it when we get there", well five days later it is time. The past four days have truely been a test of our creativity, flexibility and sense of adventure. The challenges of standby flying have certainly showed there ...
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