Un placer a conocerle, Liliana! Muchísimas gracias!
One of several pets at the Nisly home that made Abe miss his cats.
Sorting through treats that Ellen Miller brought: peanut butter, granola bars, craisins, Starbursts, and gluten free oatmeal bars.
The secluded beach of Manuel Antonio where we spent several hours soaking in a salty bath
Possibly a Polythoridae damselfly
Glad to be reunited (and sporting a hip fanny pack!)
“Pura vida…vida pura”
Welcome to the Miller family
Karol, Vince, Ruth, and Duane Nisly were wonderful hosts (and cooks!)
Enjoying a meal and company of the Nisly’s after a day of riding
Capturing the finished product before the tide came in. This castle had a South American flavor with a footpath for crabs up to Machu Picchu.
Demonstrating the sand-castle-building reputation of the Stucky family
Relaxing on the beach. We met a friendly Tican couple who shared a tasty lunch of rice and sausage stir fry.
A wax tail hopper
Shedding a layer in Manuel Antonio National Park. We saw a wide variety of tropical wildlife in the park.
Late night Up and Down the River in the “shade” of a tropical plant
So much good food!
Chillin’ in the hotel kitchenette
First experiences in Costa Rica with the bikers: slurping the seeds out of a granadilla
Meet Bilbo, the pet spider monkey of the Nisly family
We loved having our 4th and newest member along!
The reward of several hours of uphill: a long downhill through the Costa Rican countryside.
Giant tropical leaves
This guy was a trooper, biking 95 km without burning out.
We climbed with Byron from an elevation of 800m up to 2100m. This was no Iowa biking.
With Michael’s parents, we encountered several free buffets such as this. As three hungry bikers used to penny pinching, it was hard not to stuff ourselves dangerously full
Laughter with Liliana, our wonderful half Tica, half Colombian host in San Jose
Our stay with Marisa Smucker who had plenty of stories about baby Abe growing up in Pittsburgh Mennonite Church
Cycling past wind generators on the downhill into Cartago
Isaac and Gloria: Thanks for taking us in!
The beautiful mountain home of Isaac and Gloria
Building this house was Isaac and Gloria’s dream come true
The view of Lake Arenal and the volcano from the west
A tulcan, but no Froot Loops.
Our stay on the tranquil Lake Arenal with the owner of a tourist boat
Waking up early for a cool swim in the lake took Levi back to his high school swim team days
Soaking in water heated by Volcán Arenal.
On the way to Lake Arenal, we passed by Tabacon, an expensive thermal spa and resort. Luckily we received a tip that we could get the same (but free) experience by going 100 m down the road to the “thermal” river that passed under the road.
The ominous Arenal Volcano just a few kilometers outside of Pital