19 May 2011

visitors from the golden state

A few days after my friends A.M. and L.H. returned to the U.S., I was lucky enough to have two more fun visitors! S.R., one of my best friends and roommates from college, and her fiance, S.P., came down from California for a few days. While they were here, we spent the weekend at Puerto Viejo, a great, funky beach on the Caribbean coast.

Paddling to the sea

Play ball!

Eating an island

Enjoying the view

Hanging out with friends is the best!

Strolling under the palm trees

Gearing up for the zipline canopy tour

Can't get enough of these sunsets...

We jumped at the chance to go white water rafting on the beautiful Rio Pacuare! To go on the rafting trip, we needed closed-toe shoes or sandals with straps. S.P. had his hiking boots (not a great option for rafting), and his flip flops (not strappy), so we had a MacGyver moment and improvised by removing the laces from his boots, then tying them through his flip flop straps and around his ankles.
S.P. channeling his inner-Russel Crowe (in Gladiator, of course)

And we're off!

One of the many gorgeous waterfalls we passed on the four-hour trip

Cooling off after a day of paddling

It was a blast showing S.R. and S.P. some of my favorite places in Costa Rica! The best part is, I'll be seeing them again soon, when I travel to Los Angeles to be maid of honor in their wedding. Can't wait!!


  1. oh my goodness, so jealous! if i come out to costa rica will you show me around too?!

    he says. she says.

  2. jana: of course! just let me know when you're heading down!