Costa Rica GTG at Bosque del Cabo - June 2009

Jun 15th, 2009, 07:42 PM
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We may leave you guys in suspense glover, internet there is so spotty and pricey. If we spot a puma though we will send out a signal...of some kind!
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Jun 16th, 2009, 04:15 PM
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The heat and humidity does me in too. Being from the NW, I'm a wimp. I try to keep on trekking though. Being near water is good!

Thanks for the good wishes. It's been a long time coming it seems!

glover -- We'll be sending good vibes through the airwaves to you!
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Jun 17th, 2009, 03:41 AM
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I forgot to mention that, in addition to a free gecko in every cabina, we also have some fodor's goodies as well for attendees. Not to late to book for next week !!
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Jun 18th, 2009, 11:02 PM
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See everyone soon! Safe travels down Off to the airport...
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Jun 19th, 2009, 12:17 AM
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I hope you guys all have a wonderful time, and remember we want to see your puma pics! Have fun!
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Jun 29th, 2009, 10:32 PM
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It is now eleven days after the last post from a GTG at Bosque del Cabo participant. Anyone out there? We are so hoping for an update! Dyer
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Jun 30th, 2009, 05:22 AM
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Yes, put down the banana pancakes and tuna melts and let us live vicariously!
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Jun 30th, 2009, 12:31 PM
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I really wish we had planned out trip during this time-I would love to meet all of you who have posted such helpful comments and info on BdC. My husband & I are going for the 1st time from 7/23 to 7/28 and I look forward to trying these Imperials I hear so much about
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Jul 1st, 2009, 04:32 PM
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I hope all was great with your get-together. I'm anxious to hear about it.

Shillmac, I hear you met my fellow Fodor's guidebook writer Dorothy. She covers that part of the country.
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Jul 2nd, 2009, 07:09 AM
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Oh yeah, it's officially over today They must be very bummed, but I hope they all had a great time. Can't wait to hear...
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Jul 2nd, 2009, 09:49 AM
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Hi everyone,

I just got back from CR last night. I was able to spend 3 nights at BdC the same time shillmac, hip, and tully were there. I also met rivet the first night I was there. I missed wickedslick at BdC, but ran into him and his wife in Pto. Jimenez one afternoon.

Everyone seemed to be having a terrific time. I know I certainly did! I'll try to do a more comprehensive trip report soon, but thought I'd share a brief recap of the BdC activities now:

My friend and I hiked the Titi Trail with tully one afternoon but didn't see much wildlife on that particular hike. We also accompanied tully and hip to the wildlife refuge which has expanded/upgraded many of it's enclosures since I last visited in 2007. They've got more of a 'structured' tour they take you on now to show all of the animals. They did a nice job. We saw a huge pod of spotted dolphins on our way over to the refuge that encircled the boat and were leaping out of the water. It was a wonderful added bonus.

We also did the Pacific trail with the gang; the shillmacs joined us for this one and planned to lead us to the waterfall. This was a good idea in theory, but some of the landmarks had changed a bit and we ended up overshooting the stream that leads to the falls by a long shot! It's so beautiful down by the Pacific, but it was hot! In retrospect, it's rather amusing to think of us all trudging endlessly along that beach. My friend and I eventually had to turn back because we had a canopy tour scheduled for that afternoon, but the rest of the group continued to trudge for quite some distance further... to no avail!

The fodorites sat together each evening for dinner, and it was fun to chat with everyone. Everyone was very nice and I'm really glad I got to meet them in person. BdC was incredible; as it always is.

Now for maybe the most important tidbit of news: The puma was spotted 3 separate times in the 3.5 days that I was at BdC, twice near the cabins and restaurant area!! Rolando, one of the wait staff, actually saw it grab an agouti and take off into the forest!!! The tragic, frustrating fact of the matter is that I never saw it! None of the fodor's gang did, and we were all sorely disappointed! I'm hoping that maybe someone from the group lucked out after I left on Tuesday.

So that's my quickie recap. Feel free to ask questions. I'll try to start a more organized report over the weekend and begin the arduous process of weeding through my photos.
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Jul 2nd, 2009, 01:30 PM
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Hi everyone! Costa Rica offered, once again, a spectactular experience. I won't take too much time on the computer here as I will post more when I get home.

The Pacuare was an absolute blast! I was trying to figure out how to do it again before going home but no can do. Anyone thinking about -- do it!

Dominical was amazing. Met up with tully there. Shelter from the Storm is wonderful and the area has so many nooks and crannies to explore. tully rented the 4x4 which was much needed, and the ride down to Puerto Jimenez was great, if not a little bumpy. ;-)

It was great seeing the staff at BDC again, as well as meeting up with the Fodoritie housemates (shillmac and hubby) and then rivet, cmerrell and wickedslick. More details later. We all meshed well and enjoyed each other's company immensely. Great hikes and wildlife -- no disappointments!

I'm currently at Orchideas Inn for the tonight. I have a 5:25am pick up for Tortuguero and really excited about exploring the canals.

More details and tidbits to follow when I get back. Because of flight snafus, I get back late Sunday and back to work Monday. Ouch. Nevertheless, I wouldn't change a thing!

Pura vida!
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Jul 2nd, 2009, 05:44 PM
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Welcome back, ladies; we missed you guys! Wow, about the puma!

hip, I'm glad you loved the rafting; we'll be following in your footsteps!
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Jul 3rd, 2009, 09:28 AM
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Hi everyone! Ditto to previous remarks. We had a great time as well. Tully, hip, Mr. Shillmac, and I had such a fun time hanging out at Casa Miramar. I think we all became a little addicted to that place despite the 1/2 mile walk to and from the restaurant 3 times or more per day! We were like the 4 Musketeers!

DH and I stayed into the afternoon yesterday after tully and hip left and it was a little melancholy as it seemed all the animals were grieving as well, very quiet. That area around Miramar, being so close to Titi, is typically a great place to spot all kinds of good stuff. Jack, the brave coati, (tully named him after he seemed to think it was his home as well) didn't come around yesterday; the tucans (always in the trees in front) disappeared; no scarlet macaw fly-bys, or white hawks, or king vultures (or any other vultures!). No agoutis, it was dead silence. Very eerie.

Finally, in the early afternoon, I walked around out back and found a tamandua (anteater) in some bamboo. Later he was on top of Miramar scouting around, so that perked us up a bit! First time we'd seen one there, although tully spotted one on the main road first day of her stay.

Meeting cmerrell and her friend, rivet and her mother, and wickedslick and his wife was fun. Kim and Phil had gifted us with some beer and a couple bottles of wine as well as bocas on the day of our arrival so we had a couple of little group celebrations at Miramar early in the week. Very kind of them, and we enjoyed!

We wished for the rest of you from time to time! And lifted our cups (bottles?) in your honor--at least once!

Kudos to hip and tully who helped make OUR time the entire week so enjoyable. So many laughs, and I didn't take the time to make of note of it all. Mostly at each other. They are both Pura Vida several times over!

DH and I are still lamenting the fact that we led the others on such a wild goose chase for the waterfall and missed it so badly, having them trudge WAY too far down the beach on a morning when cmerrell and her friend were really pressed for time. To punish ourselves we returned the next day. The trail up to the waterfall had changed to the opposite side and the little stream had become a lagoon. The El Remanso sign was there, but not at the entrance, moved up the trail about 1/4 of the way to the falls. We apologize once again as we felt rather silly having just been to the falls last July!

And tully, that WAS Miguel's Rock. . .did Kristin and I ever tell you that? Horseback riding was great fun as usual, with Miguel, who is the ultimate Osa man, never having had a pair of shoes on his feet. Well, hell, I'm doing the trip report here. Better save that for later. . .I tend to run on and on! DH confirms it regularly.

Time to make plans for next year! Pura Vida!

By the way, at Iguana Lodge, I THOUGHT
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Jul 3rd, 2009, 09:33 AM
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Oops! I THOUGHT I saw a puma during breakfast this a.m. They have a yellow cat on the premises, and when I saw it walk across a trail about 30 yards from us, it stopped in the trail and looked toward us. In my brief glance, it looked very large for a regular cat and had such a long tail. Toby, the owner, was having breakfast with us and he searched the area quite a bit looking for prints. The dogs had been carrying on, so he thought it might have been possible. I will never know. The sighting lasted about 3 seconds, and I was staring at it, trying to fit my mind around it. Jim thinks it was their cat. I'm not so sure. Oh well.

Ciao for now!
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Jul 3rd, 2009, 09:43 AM
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Once again--me.

Need to say to Jeff--I was so surprised to "meet" you through Dorothy (and it was fun visiting with her as well. The rest of you will know her as Dorothy McKinnon who writes for the Tico Times and for the Fodor's CR guidebook.) I hope she didn't paint me in TOO bad a light as I tended to spar a bit with Liz Jones at BdRT! Not seriously, but a little! Dorothy was such a bubbly person, we both really enjoyed meeting her and Peter.

We missed you at Bosque, and I hope things are looking up with your family issues. Jim and I both lost our parents way too soon, so we don't have those things to deal with, but we sure miss our moms and dads and would love to be able to share our experiences with them or tell them about the lives we are living since they've been gone. . .the tangents we've gone on! We're almost different people than the ones they raised! We tend to assume they have some knowledge, somewhere, of what we're up to. Anyway, sending positive vibes and good wishes your way.
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Jul 4th, 2009, 04:55 AM
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Welcome back, guys! You have all been on my mind over the last 2 weeks, and I'm just salivating in anticipation of more details of the GTG!

My trip to Cuba was a real let-down. It was an all-inclusive on a stunning beach in the Santa Clara region (Royal Hideaway Ensenachos) but the resort was soooooooooooooo generic, I could have been staying at the 4 seasons in downtown Toronto. It had absolutely no feeling of Cuban culture. Never, never again, will I do an all-inclusive. Every morning I would get up and think of Costa Rica, and how I could have been there instead of Cuba. Oh, well, live and learn! I got a lot of reading done - no distractions like exotic birds and pumas to distract me!

I really want to hear about Dominical, and Shelter from the Storm. I'll be staying there next February for one week, so when you are settled in, (Tully and Hip) do tell the story!!
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Jul 4th, 2009, 08:05 AM
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That's a bummer, costaricalover. At least you got to get away somewhere. It sounds relaxing if perhaps a little on the boring side!

CR certainly wasn't boring. My friend and I were laughing about how battered we got during the week. We did the Rio Pacuare in addition to BdC, and we're both covered in bruises and bug bites, and each got sunburned. My friend has a huge welt on her leg from rafting, and I have one from the BdC zipline (I somehow managed to slam my shin into the railing post as I came in for a landing). Yet, beat up though we may be, Costa Rica was wonderful and we'd go back in a heartbeat! This was trip #3 for me and there will definitely be a trip #4 and beyond if I have any say in the matter!

Best wishes to Jeff_Costa_Rica. Sounds like you've got some things going on with family. I hope all is well with you and wish we could have met you at BdC.
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Jul 4th, 2009, 08:54 PM
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It was great to meet everyone and chat and hike. Sorting thru pics now, will get a trip report together soon. We had such a great time it's sad to be home again.

shillmac we should've just kept walking and showed up at Miguel's!!

crlover wish you could've been there, sorry about Cuba You will love Shelter from the Storm, no doubt. It's such a great place I do intend to go back very soon. Will write more soon.

cam yes I have some battle scars too, part of the ride I guess, lol.
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Jul 5th, 2009, 02:32 PM
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Hi All,

Well Bosque del Cabo was a true delight - a highlight of our trip. I will never forget that outdoor shower, all the beautiful ginger growing around the perimeter and the view of the ocean. Already I am missing the sounds of the rainforest even the tink frogs. Our patio was lovely and relaxing and I did yoga one afternoon with my daughter. Every afternoon we were treated to groups of toucans, pelicans and scarlet macaws seen right from our patio.

Mom and I did a few of the shorter hikes, Creek trail, hanging bridges and made our way to the mango trees every morning to watch the monkeys Mom's biggest hike was to Miramar for the first night's wine soiree. Thank goodness Kim and Phil came to the rescue in the jeep as they brought the snacks....the trails were a bit difficult for her. Nice to meet everyone that night and thanks Hip and Tully for your great navigating back to the restaurant, that dewy dark night. Quite a memory! Shillmac, as expected was chatty and Mr. Shillmac was a good sport. I had heard the others on the forum speak of Cam. (cmerrell) so I was surprised when she turned out to be a gal.

Hi Cam and Monica.

I did more hiking with my daughter, the Pacific Trail then we came back near El Remanso and joined on Titi Trail. Also went down to Martina's and Matapalo one day. We cheated though, took the Bosque truck both ways. Had hoped to find the artisans there, buy a few souvenirs but we missed them.

I really enjoyed the family style dining.. .fun to chat with other travellers. I would recommend at least 3 nights at Bosque - there are lots of tours. We took the noctural tour with Phillip and REALLY enjoyed it. It seems there is always something happening at Bosque, queen leafcutter ants hatched and filled Phillip's sink and shower. They hatch in an exodus once a year and he brought a couple to the restaurant for us to see. They are huge, as big as a dragonfly, all so interesting. Also there was a bit of an army ant invasion on the back trails, a carpet of ants, something to see for sure.

We spent a whole week in the Osa - 3 days in Puerto Jimenez prior to our arrival at Bosque. We had a room, then a bungalow at Cabinas Jimenez and enjoyed the very nice linen, air conditioning, and the relaxing communal areas. Lots of interesting guests were there, musicains from the festival etc. Though it is a completely differerent style of lodging than BDC, it was still a great place to stay before our amazing visit to BDC. We had lots of interesting experiences, even jsut going to the bank to cash travellers cheques was an event for us. Ate at Carolina's (yum), Sardi's (sp), El Giardino, Cafe la Onda(yum) and missed out on a new restaurant on the back street called Rustico, which looks very nice.

Prior to the Osa, we travelled bu car to Arenal Observatory Lodge and yes my Mom saw the lava flow. Then we spent a night at Selva Verde and Tortguero fpr 2 nights. Flew on a 4 seater with Nature Air out of Tortuguero. As we entered the plane. a family of 4 were already strapped in to the seats, Mom sat in the jumpseat and I became the copilot Luckily I did not have to take over the controls .... travelling in Costa Rica is so much a part of the adventure.

Anyway, great to meet the Fodor's gang...sorry I missed Wicked Slick and his wife. I was wondering what he looked like...his screen name is intriguing.

Hasta lluego.
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