Thursday, September 3, 2009

Attack of the the Giant Toads in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

After Montezuma we headed to the Southern most point on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific where the waves are large and in charge. We arrived in the middle of a large southern swell where we were dropping in on 9-16 foot faces.

Rob found us this awesome house nestled in the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean, It's a 55 acre private reserve with an infinity-edge pool.

At night we would go swimming and while floating on our backs we would stare up at the stars. Sil and I saw the coolest shooting star ever.

The property is a tropical Garden of Eden, with mangoes, grapefruits, papayas, oranges, bananas, star fruit, and pineapples, as well as lush flowering shrubs and trees growing throughout the property. It is surrounded by deep jungle ravines on all sides.

There was a lot of wild life there. At night there was a little too much. Despite the radness of the house during the day at night it turned into a war zone. The house had an open venting system in the ceilings and floor so that air could flow through it. Unfortunately, so could bugs and giant toads. Each night we would come home and find giant toads in the kitchen and living room. As we ushered them out with a broom they would pee all over the tile floor. (See the Video at the end). Then as we would read our books by the light, giant moths the size of humming birds would buzz our heads as they went for the lamps. I let out some serious girly screams. Silvia had a hard time sleeping there. Finding Tiny cockroaches in our bed before we went to sleep didn't help. (All of these are pictures Sil took just out side of the house)We would wake up with the sun rising and the Howler Monkeys doing there hooting and Hollering. Our stay was amazing and extremely entertaining. It was a very memorable three nights all for only 150. That's 75 per couple. Which is only 25 a night. I think we scored. Sil might think otherwise.

This is a short Vid of us chasing Mr. Toad and my funny Bathroom walk.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Montezuma, Costa Rica

After a long flight, a 3 hour drive, and an hour long ferry ride our friends, Rob and Megan, and Silvia and I made it to Montezuma, Costa Rica. Montezuma is located on the tip of the Nicoya Pennisula. It is a small bohemian beach town full of artists, backpackers, and rastafarians. It was late when we got in so we crashed in our cute bungalow.

The next day we walked 20 minutes south of town to the Montezuma Waterfalls. We couldn't find the trail so we just made our own hopscotching across the rocks following the river till we hit the first waterfall.

The 2nd and 3rd waterfalls are just above the first, but they aren't easy to get to . You have to climb up the side of the mountain holding on to tree roots.

The trails aren't marked so you have to kind of guess on where to go to get there. Silvia was a little sketched out and wanted to turn back so I had to act like I knew where I was going. It wasn't until I almost lead everyone off a cliff that I said "Fine we'll go back." But as we were going back we stumbled on the trail down to the 2nd and 3rd waterfall.

Here is Video of me jumping off the 2nd waterfall. There's nothing like being surrounded by the jungle and jumping off a 50 foot cliff.