Back from trip #2 to CR

Jan 1st, 2008, 06:21 PM
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Once again the site erases part of my post, aaaaargh!!!

Must finish Chapter 3...

We got our usual slightly late start back towards Alajuela, which was compounded by the large Pollo Pipasa truck, heavily laden with crates of chickens (naturally!).

We were stuck behind Pollo Pipasa for what seemed an eternity. Everytime I inched over into the opposite lane to pass, I would see headlights approaching too closely to risk it. It was still drizzling and foggy, which called for extra caution behind the wheel, so I resigned myself to our slow progress.

We eventually let Pollo Pipasa eat our dust, but we only made it about 2/3 of the way home before night fell. We hit a few potholes along the way that were concealed by rain puddles. Luckily none of them were too deep.

That night we ate inside at the Marilyn Monroe bar. There was a lively small group of people there and it was an enjoyable meal. We retired early once again to get a good night's sleep. The next morning we would be flying to the Osa peninsula!
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Jan 1st, 2008, 06:34 PM
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Hi Hip,

Happy New Year to you as well.

It was a great trip, and BdC is just around the corner! You may think I've been waxing a bit poetic thus far... Just wait! ;-)
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Jan 1st, 2008, 06:42 PM
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Enjoying your report!!

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Jan 1st, 2008, 08:13 PM
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Thanks, MichelleY,

I am certainly enjoying your report as well.

I am supposed to pick a friend up at the airport this evening and just found out that her flight has been delayed by a couple of hours and is now scheduled to arrive at 12:45 a.m. We won't get home until almost 2:00 a.m. and we both have to work tomorrow. Ouch!!

While I wait to leave for the airport, I might as well start on my next trip report installment.

Chapter 4:

December 6th, 2007. Yes this is the same date I have listed in Chapter 3, because I just realized that I've been off by a day the whole time! We actually flew to CR on the 3rd, not the 4th!

We got up early, had another great breakfast at Orquideas and prepared to check out. We would be back at the hotel for our final night in Costa Rica, so my mom and brother left some of their luggage with the reception folks for safe keeping.

I am happy to report that I actually managed to pack all of my stuff into a largish carry-on and my day pack. I have never packed so lightly for a trip of that length before! It was a real sense of accomplishment! My carry-on weighed in at about 15 pounds and my day pack was about 7 pounds (I kept all my camera/binocular type of stuff in the day pack...). I used packing tips from this forum, particularly the list Hopefulist frequently shares with folks to help me figure out how to keep things under control. Granted, I was glad my mom had brought a bigger suitcase, because I did buy a few things in Sarchi and at La Paz that I did not necessarily want to haul down to the Osa...

We left Orquideas and found a gas station since we were required to fill the rental car before its return. We found the Elegante/Payless office without issue, recognizing landmarks along the way which kept us from getting lost. The same man we had dealt with when we picked up the car was working when we returned it. He was very nice and asked if we had been able to see the crater at Poas. He had actually remembered me mentioning we would be going there!

A few short minutes later, we had been dropped off at the Sansa terminal for our flight to Puerto Jimenez. What a funny little terminal that is! It's currently undergoing some improvements so there were cordoned off areas and construction barricades set up. Someone actually had a rooster with them that would intermittently crow! We were also entertained by the locked vending machines; if you wanted to buy a drink, you had to find the man with the keys to the vending machines! We had arrived plenty early and had to wait for quite a while before our flight was ready to board. There wasn't much to do but people watch. Luckily, the people watching was good!

Our flight was finally called and we were escorted out to our little 14 seater airplane. The Sansa fleet was completely dwarfed in size by the large commercial airliners sitting at the adjacent terminal. I'm not a particularly nervous flyer, but I did offer up a quick little prayer that we would arrive in Puerto Jimenez safe and sound!

We actually sat on the tarmac for quite a while, waiting for our turn to take off. It got very warm in that little airplane! Finally we were off; only about an hour separating us from the famed Osa peninsula.

Well, I'd better be off to pick up my friend. Will continue tomorrow...
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 05:05 AM
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ahhhhh.......a cliffhanger

lol at your Sansa description. Yes, it's fun to just sit outside/inside and people watch, though I hate chasing down the man with the keys to the drinks!
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Jan 3rd, 2008, 09:48 AM
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Patiently, tap, tap, tap, waiting for the Osa part of your report! We're leaving in 23 days, counting away, part of which we'll be staying at BDC for 4 nights!

Enjoying your report, we're also staying at Orquedias for the first and last nights.

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Jan 3rd, 2008, 10:16 AM
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Owlwoman,
We also leave (for our 2nd trip to CR) in 23 days and will be returning to BdC Jan31-Feb4. When will you be there, where are you from?

Waiting to hear the rest of the report...!
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Jan 3rd, 2008, 10:36 AM
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Well, we leave in ummm....79 days! Returning to BDC as well. Yay!

Can you believe those little cesna's? I mean, what if you're 6'4" and 250 lbs? Yikes!
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Jan 3rd, 2008, 10:44 AM
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4explore - we'll overlap a couple of days, we're staying at the Iguana Lodge on 2/1 and 2/2, then over to BdC for 2/2-2/7. We're from NY, how 'bout you?
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Jan 3rd, 2008, 10:46 AM
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oops, meant 2/3-2/6 at BdC. It would be difficult to sleep in two places on the same night!
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Jan 3rd, 2008, 10:50 AM
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4 from Virginia: me, husband, 16yr son, dauhter turns 18 at BdC. Plus stepdaughter, 31, from NC. We are quite a mix!

Trip is grad present to the 2 girls (high School & Grad school)

2nd trip for Virginians, who all fell in love with CR and BdC in 2006. 1st CR trip for oldest daughter.

Will look for you at happy hour!
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Jan 3rd, 2008, 10:50 AM
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hip, wow ONLY 79 days?! You need one of those little advent calendars for your countdown!

cmerrell, helloooo? BDC, BDC! What happened next?!!
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Jan 3rd, 2008, 10:54 AM
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A 14-seater sounds like a jumbo - last time we only had an 8 seater!!!

You should have seen my kids' eyes when we arrived at the PJ "airport". Priceless!!

cmerrell - hello- BdC???
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Jan 3rd, 2008, 11:13 AM
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Beth, just my husband and I, second trip to CR, went last year and also experienced a fabulous time. We'll be in Arenal and the Peace Lodge the first week, (repeat visit for both), then first trip to Osa, which we're really looking forward to. Definitely see you at happy hour!
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Jan 3rd, 2008, 08:27 PM
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cam cam cam making us wait like this and pics! We need pics!
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Jan 3rd, 2008, 09:50 PM
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vgirl -- LOL! Yep, countdown is on!

cm - Where are you? Did you actually have to go back to work?
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Jan 4th, 2008, 07:11 PM
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Hey everyone,

I'm back! Sorry for the lengthy delay. My job has been absolutely INSANE this week!! I'm in the middle of a large project with tight deadlines, and we've encountered lots of unexpected problems. I've pretty much been living at the office. Yuck!!

But let us not dwell on such things. I have a trip report to finish! Now where the heck did I leave off...?? Ah yes, that Bosque del Cabo place! I hated everything about it and never, ever want to return!

The End.

Okay, so that was an admittedly pathetic attempt at humor! As you'll see below, I somehow managed to tolerate my stay at BdC. ;-)


Chapter 4 cont'd:

Our little airplane had a 'layover' at the Drake Bay airstrip before continuing on to Puerto Jimenez. For those of you who have not landed at Drake Bay, it is literally a dirt strip set amongst horse and cattle pastures. The airport 'building' is an open air pavilion sort of structure, and we could see the Sansa worker poised beside the runway with fire extinguisher in hand (just in case!) as we came in for our landing.

Three of our fellow passengers deplaned at Drake Bay and another couple approached the plane, luggage in hand. Apparently, there was some sort of issue with the couple who wanted to board our plane and a heated exchange ensued between the man and our pilot! Actually, the pilot remained quite calm, but the other man was very PO'd that he and his wife could not board our flight. I'm not sure what it was all about; I think luggage weight was involved. At any rate, our expected 10 minute stopover in Drake Bay dragged on for about 40 minutes while the angry man berated our pilot. I was starting to get a bit PO'd myself by this point! I wanted to be at BdC!!

The flight finally got underway, and it was only about another 15 minutes to the cemetery (and adjacent airstrip) in Puerto Jimenez. We stumbled off the plane, not sure where to go or what to do, when we heard a voice call, "Anyone for Bosque del Cabo"? We responded with a resounding "Yes"!! There was a small crowd of people milling around the runway, and one man detached himself from the group. He strode forward to meet us, hand outstretched; one of the sweetest, most welcoming smiles I've ever seen, on his face. Of course it was Kevin!

I have to say that I was really glad to have my sun glasses on, because I actually got slightly teary-eyed for just a second upon meeting Kevin. I wonder if he reduces many people to tears!? It actually wasn't Kevin of course, it was more the culmination of the entire trip and the very stressful few months I'd had at work leading up to this vacation. I basically knew as soon as I saw that genuine, friendly smile, that BdC was going to meet every high expectation I've developed over the past 2 years from reading the numerous posts here. Anyway, I quickly composed myself and accompanied Kevin to the Land Rover.

Also driving with us to BdC that afternoon were Carlos who's been at BdC for about a year, and Cindy, who had just started the week before. Carlos shares some of the sames duties as Eduardo (does birding and other tours, and man's the reception desk at times). I'm not entirely sure what Cindy's specific job was, but I saw her circulating amongst the guests a lot. They were both very nice, and we had a really enjoyable drive out to BdC. Kevin had spotted an anteater on the drive into town, so we stopped to look for it. It was moving around up in the tree canopy and partially obscured from view by branches and leaves, but you could sort of make out the shape of the body and long nose. In the same group of trees, we also saw a spider monkey and a howler monkey! Great way to start our Osa adventure!
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Jan 4th, 2008, 07:52 PM
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How cool that some of you get to meet up at Bosque del Cabo! That's always something to look forward to. And Cam. . I'm waiting too! Hope all is well with you.
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Jan 4th, 2008, 09:03 PM
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Figured I'd better split up the post, before the site started erasing my text...

Chapter 4 cont'd:

We eventually arrived at our destination and were greeted on the lodge steps by Eduardo, who handed each of us a wonderfully refreshing glass of mango juice.

We had arrived past the lunch hour (thanks to the angry man in Drake Bay), but the kitchen staff graciously fixed us the meal of our choice. My brother and I both opted for the famous tuna melt. Wise decision! Philip stopped by our table to introduce himself, and we arranged to join him on the pre-dinner trek to the frog pond that evening.

We got settled into La Palma (our cabina away from home) and plopped down on our Adirondack-style bench for a few minutes to take in that gorgeous view. We then set out to explore the grounds and get our bearings a bit.

I don't even know how to begin describing BdC. The visual impact of the lodge, cabins, and expanse of lawn and tropical plants in between is just so beautiful and tranquil. I could feel the last vestiges of pre-vacation stress and strain melt away as we wandered down the path towards the suspension bridge. We went as far as the tropical garden and then headed back to our cabin as dusk was starting to gather.

We met up with Philip at 6:00 and he took us around the grounds looking for all manner of nocturnal creatures. I thought his tip to hold a flashlight at eye-level and sweep it across lawn and plants to catch the reflection of insect or animal eyes was really neat! We saw a few different types of frogs at the pond (including the red-eyed green tree frog and the cane toad). We also saw a cat-eyed snake, several fireflies, some largish spiders, a bat, and a sleeping butterfly. It was quite fascinating. Philip really knows his stuff, and clearly has a true appreciation for the flora and fauna of the rain forest. I learned a lot and this is exactly the sort of stuff I really enjoy learning about! I wish we could have gone on the primary forest tour with him, but I knew my mom would have had a tough time on such a long hike; her knees just don't hold up well on the stairs and steeper path segments.

After our pond excursion, we went over to dinner and shared a table with a young family from Newfoundland, Canada. Dinner was delicious; a very nice cap off to the day. We went to bed at our customary early hour in preparation for whatever adventures the following morning would bring. My brother slept up in the loft, while mom and I shared the king sized bed on the ground level. The bed in our cabin was a bit firm for my liking, but that was a small price to pay for sleeping in paradise!

This finally concludes Chapter 4. Whew! I knew I'd end up being particularly long-winded on the BdC section. Thanks for hanging in there to read my lenthy account! I've been getting my photos organized and will hopefully soon have a link for anyone that wants to check them out...
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Jan 4th, 2008, 11:44 PM
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cmerrell, it is late but what a way to wind down from my 54th birthday, reading your report on Osa, a place I dream of visiting soon. Thanks for the birthday gift. Your reports have been fabulous. Thank You.
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