Lift Off for Costa Rica

Old Mar 27th, 2007, 04:40 PM
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Lift Off for Costa Rica


Well here we sit on the eve of our families reunion in CR. Thanks to all of the Fodorians out there I think we are ready. My wife thinks I am a little off my rocker with this new on-line club I have been hanging out with. She will be the benefactor of my tunnel vision and of all of your advice.

My oldest son has been in San Jose for three months studying Spanish at Veritas University. We will me with him tomorrow at the airport. Cant wait. My youngest son is flying down on Friday. My wife, daughter and I tomorrow. We will also meet my sister in law and her daughter (who is teaching) in Costa Rica. Add in a sister and brother in law flying in on Sunday from Tulsa and you have a real party.

When I read Shillmac's trip report it all seemed rather orderly and peaceful. Great dinner here, massage there. I refer to my sister in law as the Perfect Storm. Cant wait to see her pass through customs and try to change Costa Rica forever in one week. Somehow I think our trip will be less smooth and yet unforgetable. It's all good

Thanks Again!

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Old Mar 27th, 2007, 04:45 PM
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Have a wonderful time, looking forward to your thoughts on your return. I'm sure you will never be the same after visiting CR (and vice-versa! )
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Old Mar 27th, 2007, 07:12 PM
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The Perfect Storm. What a hoot! I agree with Tully that it will all go well and you'll never be the same! You said it best, "It's all good"! Yes, it is!

I have to laugh at myself. As I mentioned, it is so easy with just my husband and I (he's easy to boss around)! We have no problem getting where we need to go when we want to go there. But you take 7 people (or in your case 12, is that right?) and you'd better bring along a healthy dose of patience!

Just about the time we'd all gather to do a "tour" or hike or something, someone would need go to their cabina to put on sunscreen. Then another one, thinking they'd make good use to the "down time" would go to change hats. The first person would return, but by that time, a third person was on the way to a last minute bathroom stop. It was endless. Irritating and funny at the same time!

I told my son-in-law that for 15 years, as a youth minister, I had taken large groups of people all over the U.S. and Mexico. 22 people at a time. You have to set some strict guidelines and enforce them consistently or chaos would be the name of the game the entire time. I was used to doing that with kids, but adults are another matter. You can't take charge of them like they're another youth group and lay down the law! It was hard on me not to play the part of "the general"! But that wouldn't have worked at all! It was a bit frustrating for someone used to "managing" large groups!

My SIL refers to my Fodor's Family as "a cult". Maybe so, but it's a darned healthy one! I've gleaned so much from this board and it's always a pleasure to pass it on. I love the way we all rejoice in everyone else's good time! Every single poster seems to live vicariously through the others until it's our turn once again!
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Old Mar 28th, 2007, 06:15 AM
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YEP - this is a great little "On-Line Club"!

My family says I am a Fodors Addict!

But some years ago, my husband would ask question upon question about our upcoming trip. This year I thought he was disinterested in the Belize trip that we were planning. I finally asked "Why are you not reading my information and asking questions" His response was that it didn't matter, he was sure everything was planned and would be wonderful.

I owe it all to those of you that have travelled before me. Totally amazing what can be learned in a day on Fodors!
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Same here--it's a gift that keeps on giving. I learn new stuff all the time on this board! Seeing familiar places through someone else's eyes is interesting as well.
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