Laugh About it, Shout About it.

From the Mountains to the Ocean – DAY FIVE

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From The Cloud Forest to the Ocean through Mountains and valleys… the Journey continues….

DAY 5

Maes, Ticos Y Ticas.

San Gerardo De Dota

5am Wake-up call… and once again it is confirmed that my snoring is NON-EXISTENT! It’s a MIRACLE! I am cured! And not only that but I am in a REALLY GOOD MOOD!! (inside family joke!)

Bird Watching here I come!!! Oooooooof!  It’s early & cold… after a quick coffee fix off we go in search of the

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QUETZAL, from what we know about these birds they mate with the same partner for 3 years in a row, no-one is sure if they are monogamous but being the helpless romantic that I am, I believe that once they have found their soulmate they stay together forever and everrrrrrrr. They feed between 630am and 730am and they don’t like the Sun, so hence the early morning sight-seeing tour.

After about 45 minutes walking around with our heads looking up into the Heaven’s I was beginning to wonder if Bird watching was really my thing, I had a bad neck ache and really fancied a Bacon, egg & Cheese sandwich… When ALL of Sudden… a Male

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QUETZAL was spotted, everyone flew into a frenzy (every pun intended) – Shhhhhhhhhhhh! Nobody speak…. Just whisper…

I have to admit these birds are GORGEOUS!! Not long after we spotted the female. And Yes, I will admit, I was pretty excited… all this neck craning & break of dawn waking was definitely worth it. They are absolutely BEEEEAUTIFUL! I found myself turning into a David Attenborough like character (famous English Wildlife know-it-all and brother of Sir Richard) I reckon I used to be bird in a past life… I mean I know I am a BIRD in this life, but that’s a completely different type of species (by the way I am writing in italics because I’m whispering!!!!) Shhhhhh! I ended up seeing 4 of them and I have the shots to prove it.

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(Name of what bird watchers are)

After yet another hearty breakfast we set off for the looooooooooong 2 hour drive to San Gerardo de Rivas to visit Monte Azul Lodge and have lunch.

We are met by Monte Azul’s  (meaning Blue Mountain) owner, Carlos, who is like every other owner we have met, Charming and most welcoming but there was something extra special about Carlos, he had the most calm aura about him and seemed so happy, half Californian half Costarrisense,  his personality was  undeniably contagious and it showed in every aspect of his property. He and his partner Randy had found this slice of heaven that used to be a small dairy farm. They have 4 casitas at the moment (8 will be completed by the summer of 2014) they also have a beautiful artist studio. Their whole *mantra* is to combine art with nature, they run an artist and residency program combining soap and cheese making workshops. The Soap is made with local coconut oil and the cheese from the once dairy farm and everything is made from scratch onsite. They try to be as sustainable as possible, their cooking oil is turned into Dish Soap, all the furniture is rescued wood.  Carlos is also the Chef, he is not trained or a professional, he just makes what he likes and I have to say he is DAMN good in the kitchen. Their clientele is very high end & sophisticated and is targeted to those looking for something really authentic.  Needless to say the Cheese is amazing and I a bought a TON and their soaps are delicious  and YES I also bought a few bars!!

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After a super healthy Lunch, and some cheese and wine pairing,  we said our goodbyes and set of yet another 2 hours towards the Pacific Coast (in the Rain) … YES my fellow Followers, at LAST!! THE BEACH! WOOOOOOOWHOOOOO!!! …

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We arrive in Dominical, which is a back-packers-surfers paradise. Lots of on-the-beach hotels & Sodas (local restaurants). Once we arrive to Uvita, we once again have to abandon our Handy-Dandy Bus and climb aboard yet another 4×4 and take a 30 minute up the mountain bumpy-bompy ride to the BREATHTAKING, INCREDIBLE Hands down my favorite Hotel yet – KURA!!!  (A Smith Property of course) I am SO excited to be here.  We are each given our own Villa, and ME-OH-MY CARAMBA!! What a view, WHAT A ROOM!  2 nights in this paradise haven in the Mountains!! YESSSSSSSS!!!! SCORE!!! Costa Rican Trails… You have done it yet again!

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We all have a lovely dinner together, and I am longing to crawl inside my KING size, ocean view bed and dream sweet dreams…  I finally spoke to my little boy, Jesse, whom I miss with every fiber of my being … I am on such a spiritual high and feeling complete and utter bliss. I am sure I fell asleep with a huge smile on my face…

Tomorrow Whale Watching…

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