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Day 13 – nearing the end of our journey

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So much has happened since my last update.

Many’s House near Ojochal and Uvita was fantastic. The houses were lovely, the view was magnificent and Many (sic) was a wonderful host.

We had many of our best meals of the trip here, including amazing nights at Exotica and Mamma E Papa restaurants in Ojochal.

Although somewhat different from southern Osa, the sites in Ojochal were – at worst – beautiful. The “Whale Tail” land formation jutting out into the Pacific was pretty impressive. The caves at Playa Ventanas made for fun beach time and good images as did the wildlife.

We were sad to say goodbye to Many and the Lentz family, as we left for our next leg of the tour in La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano. The drive was a seamless adventure, which basically means we blindly navigated the Costa Rican roads but were lucky enough to never get lost.

On a whim, we booked a cabina at Kokoro which ended up to be a great place. We got really lucky with this one, considering the vast array of crappy housing available in La Fortuna.

Odds are you’ll only see the base of the volcano and clouds, but the odds were in our favor. Although the shortest part of our trip, Arenal was actually pretty fun and we’re really glad we did it.

This morning we leave for San Jose to drop off the BeGo rental car (it’s own little adventure) and relax at the DoubleTree before our return flight tomorrow morning.

Hopefully I’ll have full edits of my 4000+ images up before long (2012?). In the meantime here are scenic shots of Arenal (top), our view from Many’s (below) and Kokoro (bottom).

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Day 7 – still beautiful

Despite ear infections, bumps and bruises, little can damper our spirits or the beauty of the Osa.

Yesterday was a slow day for images, but today is already off to a promising start.

As Gary Morgan would say, just another day in paradise.

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Day 5 – update

Titi Trail. Isn’t that enough? Yes it is. And Fiona by the pool with the Pacific in the background? Cute.

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Day 5 – boas and spiders and monkeys, oh my

Five or six times a day I say hello to Mr. Wolf spider. He keeps us company in Casa Miramar at Bosque del Cabo.

We’re actually pretty close to the Morgan Family Lodge where I stayed back in March, on the south inside edge of the Golfo Dolce where it meets the Pacific.

Casa Miramar is a lovely house we’re sharing with the Bassett family. It includes a beautiful plunge pool and a spectacular view of the ocean. I think this is what nature photographers try to pass off as “roughing” it.

There are at least a half-dozen photog’s browsing the grounds with their giant backpacks and massive flash systems with extenders to “throw” he light. I’ll stick to my D300s, 50/1.4, 17-35/2.8 and a borrowed 70-300/4.5-5.6 from Eamon’s brother Liam (thanks!). Easy and light.

I’ll post more soon, but for now iPhone images need to suffice. This image was taken near the main lodge of the property. Pura Vida.

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