As a dual anniversary/birthday gift to my beloved companion this year, I took her to beautiful and exotic Costa Rica. Costa Rica is one of the top trendy vacation spots nowadays. That I chose to whisk Robyn away to such a wonderful place proves two things: that the Steens are really hip, and Robyn has the best husband in the world. Before we delve into the pics and such, I'd like to share a little vignete involving my mom that factors into our vacation. I decided on Costa Rica a few months ago because I knew that Robyn wanted to go there, but I wanted to keep it a surprise as long as possible. I only told my sisters and a few other people safely removed from Robyn. A few weeks ago we were at my mom's house when my mom blurts out: "So Robyn, I hear you're going to Costa Rica!" Robyn's eyes get really big for a moment and I look over at her and say "surprise!" Mom was mortified, but it was funny. On to the pics!
A scary one lane bridge on the way to the beach. Whichever lane made it onto the bridge first had the right of way while the other lane sat there and waited. We rented a car so we were able to go wherever we wanted.
Rows and rows of pointless palm trees.
This is the beach we went to, Manuel Antonio, about an hour away from our hotel. The beach right by our hotel was gross. The water looked like coffee with a lot of coffee mate in it.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park has a very large portion of rain forest. If you go in the morning it's teeming with filthy, disease infested, yet beautiful monkeys. We got there at the right time as they were all over the place and got pretty close to the pedestrian path. They were jumping from tree top to tree top. One even had a little one clinging to its back. If humans did that it'd be endangerment of a child. Fortunately for the monkey, it's not bound by the same stringent standards, but even if it were, they'd probably let it slide since it's Costa Rica.
Robyn next to the biggest bamboo tree you've ever seen.
After walking in the humid rainforest and gawking at monkeys, it was time to head to the beach, which is just outside of the rainforest trail. I wanted to get on these rocks, but thought better of it after realizing the waves probably would've dashed me against the rocks and killed me and I was the only one authorized to drive our rental car in Costa Rica.
A snobby-looking iguana. There were a couple running around on the beach. Robyn told me it got within a few feet of my head when I was dozing on my beach towel.
Robyn will post more tomorrow. I've got to get to bed. I have an early flight to Portland, Maine tomorrow morning.