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Tree Houses and Toucans

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Today we said a reluctant goodby to Michael and Marianne, Jennifer’s parents. They arrived a week ago and together we explored more of Costa Rica. By this time we’re starting to get familiar with with the roads and the innumerable…

Costa Rica with the Sparks

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This is the second time that I’ve joined the Sparks on an adventure in a far off land. The first was June, 2004, when we met in Tanzania, Africa, for a hike up Kilimanjaro followed by some safaris. For this…

Beach time in Costa Rica

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Thanks very much to Nick, Jamie, and Taylor for coming to visit us and sharing the amazing house they rented near the beach. “Casa Wow” as it is known had a swimming pool and even a dishwasher, both of which…

INTO THE GREEN HEART OF GUATEMALA

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Lago de Atitlan Of Lago de Atitlan Aldous Huxley once wrote: “Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlan is Como with the additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too…

More fun in Monte Verde

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During our second full day in the cloud forest we visited another reserve. This one had hiking trails and several suspension bridges. The bridges kept things interesting for Quinn and we had a great hike. That evening Lisa arranged for…

Nicaragua: The Return

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Maya and me running in the ocean. I’ll admit it, sometimes it’s fun to have a little sister! Although I was sad that we were leaving our overlanding friends and Costa Rica behind, I have to admit I was itching…

Time with Friends in Costa Rica

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After a quick three days on the road, we arrived at our house in the hills above Alajuela, Costa Rica. When we arrived, we noticed a few things right away. Salmon-colored cabinets and bath fixtures, an empty swimming pool (although…

Budget: Panama

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Spider Monkeys, Sloths and Sangrias Oh yeah!

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The Next Adventures | Travel Stories From The Road | Adventure Travel Around The Globe   Both moms visiting meant double the adventure! Meet the guides…. Josh…he’s the driver, photographer, pilot and executive chef. Shannon…she’s the trail guide and the…

Panama: Camp Site List

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Quick note: we were on a mission to ship our truck when we got to Panama, so the camp site list is pretty slim. Quick clarification: we stayed in the hotel at Country Inn & Suites, we didn’t camp there.…

The Darien Gap: A Tale of Two Ports

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Shipping Across the Darien Gap When we started planning on driving the Pan-Am Highway, shipping across the Darien Gap was the most daunting obstacle.  Now that we have made it through the gauntlet, I wanted to share our experience and understanding…

Panama City- A room with a view

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Like all traveling experiences, sometimes it is the little things that make you love a place or hate it. We have found that sometimes it is beautiful weather, a kind person we meet or a great meal that make us really like…

HONDURAS

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Another day another border Okay, so the guys loitering at the border may look a bit dodgy, what with their wasted eyes, gold-capped teeth and menacing air. This is Honduras, after all, a country where it doesn’t always pay to…

Back to Costa Rica

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With our hosts Will and Cate returning from Uruguay, we reluctantly packed up the van for the trip to the house we’ve rented in Costa Rica for August. We’re sad to leave beautiful Boquete and the wonderful house we’ve been…

Boquete & the Azuero Peninsula

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I’d had enough of the heat and humidity.  I wanted mountain air, cool streams, and beautiful scenery.  In addition, we needed to get to Panama because we had a timeline to cross the Darien Gap.  Boquete, a small town in…

Budget: Costa Rica

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Costa Rica: Camp Site List

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Walmart Date Visited: 05/21/2014 Location: 10.00199, -84.20688 (Altitude: 3038 feet) Didn’t stay here but we scoped this place out. This is not the parking lot of Walmart. It closes at night and the security guards said we couldn’t stay there.…

NICARAGUA

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Granada – “The Grand Sultan” You’d never know that during its illustrious history the city of Granada has been set alight on several occasions. William Walker, the American filibuster, who was routed from the city in 1856, was one of…

More from Boquete

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We wrapped up our last week in Boquete with more hiking and birds, then packed up the van once again to head back to Costa Rica. Some friends and family will be visiting us there, and we’re very much looking…

Time’s Up: Costa Rica Pt. V

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Me, enjoying the grass during the last few days in the Big Jungle House. Hey Adventurers! Lots going on since last I wrote. We’re back on the road, and the Big Jungle House is already fading into the far recesses…

Osa Peninsula: Drake Bay

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After our amazing week on the Nicoya Peninsula, we were very excited about exploring the Osa Peninsula.  As described to us by a Costa Rican, it is a “more beautiful” version of the Nicoya. You can’t drive around the entire Osa…

UNUSUAL ENCOUNTERS

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‘LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU SURF’: I’M NOT SURE IF THIS IS MERELY A RANDOM THOUGHT, OR SAMARA’S OFFICIAL MOTTO. Journal Extract 5th July: El Dueno, the owner of our camp-site in Samara, tells us he saw lights out in…

Boquete, Panama

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We are still “sitting” at a house here in Panama. It’s been very relaxing, and although the area is gringo heaven (not much need to speak Spanish), there is tons to do, the climate is perfect (we eat most meals…