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Mar 18, 2020 - Post-trip reflections

Lois writing now I feel guilty about complaining that this trip was cut short, and that the Cuba trip was cancelled. It is a minor inconvenience, compared to the hardships for so many other people, not only in our community, but around the world. With schools closed, kids are home and parents are either trying to occupy them with meaningful activities, or else worrying about child care. There is new respect for what teachers do every day. In our state, schools are supposed to re-open April 6, but at least one state has decided they are done...

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Mar 16, 2020 - Our last full day in Costa Rica

Lois writing first, John later When we woke up this morning, we expected that we would be at the Punta Leona Resort for two more nights, plus a night in San Jose before leaving the country. But in the early afternoon, Kat told us that Road Scholar had decided to send us all home within 24 hours. Apparently they had been suggesting that move for a few days, but she convinced them to hold off for a while. Since the San Jose airport is planning to close later this week, it's good to end the trip now. Naturally everyone in our group is...

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Mar 8, 2020 - Do you know the way to San Jose?

John writing today We left home at 4:40 AM, drove to the Traverse City airport, parked the car, checked our bags, cleared security, and were at the gate at 5:00 AM! (Thanks to Kristen, who picked up our car later in the day.) These are the joys of flying from a small town airport. However, the downside is that we had to fly from Traverse City to Chicago, and from there to Charlotte, and then on to San Jose, Costa Rica. We had about an hour to change planes at each airport between flights. Remember that planes start boarding 30 minutes...

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Mar 4, 2020 - Leaving town soon

(Entry by Lois) On March 8, John & I will be leaving town for 3 1/2 weeks, taking two tours with Road Scholar, one to Costa Rica and the other to Cuba. The basic itinerary is flying from Traverse City to San Jose (via Chicago and Charlotte), where the first tour begins. We will arrive one day early so that we have a bit of a cushion in case there's a problem with flights. That tour will end on March 19, when we'll fly to Miami to meet up with the Cuba group. UPDATE POSTED LATER IN MARCH: THE CUBA TRIP GOT CANCELED DUE TO THE COVID-19...

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Feb 26, 2019 - San Jose

Sorry for the delay. Too many late nights and when we returned home Hugh came down with a wicked cold. All is well now and hope this blog will encourage you to go south some time soon. Our Caravan Tour to Costa Rica. Day 7: Cruise the Tarcoles River Day 8: Visit Mamuel Antonio National Park Day 9: Walk the streets of San Jose, Costa Rica Day 7: We had an early start to head south to Mamuel Antonio NP on the Pacific Coast about the middle of the coastline. First we cruised on the Tarcoles River which was full of crocodiles and the banks...

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Feb 20, 2019 - San Juan

Internet has been week the last 4 days,so have gotten behind in sending this. Our Caravan Tour! Day 1: Welcome Briefing Day 2: Visit Oxcart factory, Coffee plantation, and a Butterfly garden. Day 3: Tour downtown San Jose, visit Wildlife Rescue Center, leisurely bus ride through the mountains to La Fortuna We made it to San Jose Sunday afternoon in about 5 hours for a 150 mile ride from CoCo Beach. It is the dry season here, so not as green as would have liked, but was interesting with unbeknownst vegetation. We stayed at a nice hotel...

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Feb 2, 2018 - February 2 & 3, 2018 - Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Friday February 2, 2018 And the routine continues, breakfast and an early walk to the beach. And what an incredible beach it is – the whitest and cleanest beach we have seen this whole trip. We walk another 100m on beautiful hard packed sand, virtually rock free, to the edge of the pounding surf. The tide is out and there are a few surfers attempting to catch a wave or two and we marvel at the absolute beauty, the water is the most brilliant teal blue. NOW we understand why it was her favourite beach! Fero returns to the casita and I do a...

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Feb 1, 2018 - February 1, 2018 Tamarindo to Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Thursday February 1, 2018 The alarm brings me out of a deep sleep at 6:30am. Time to move onward – today we head to the far southwest of the Nicoya peninsula to Playa Santa Teresa. The shuttle arrives and we are surprised to see a 24 passenger bus rather than the normal micro-bus, definitely more room and more comfortable. The drive through the countryside and towns is beautiful and it seems to get greener the further south we go. Fields of vegetables, grains, rice and teak wood are everywhere, one of the many growing regions of Costa...

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Nov 28, 2017 - San Jose

A pleasant 22 deg in San Jose and a morning to while away before our flight home, early this evening. A bit of rain has come in from the mountains which reminds me that Stuart slept through the incredible storm 2 nights ago!!! Time to stretch our legs before the flight. We can see the Gran d’Oro Hotel & Restaurant from our room. Happy memories of a superb meal, so we wander there for a coffee. It is decked out for Christmas with massive trees, baubles and lots of Poinsettias! Even has Silent Night, Winter Wonderland and many more tunes...

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Nov 18, 2017 - San Jose to Tortuguero

6.15 a.m. start and a stop for breakfast en-route! Yesterday we met most of our group. Several ladies travelling in pairs as husbands either not interested in travelling or too unwell to travel. Stuart was pleased that there are 2 other husbands on the trip plus a very shy chap on his own. Very interesting to hear the different routes taken to get here - via Paris, via Amsterdam and one couple via Guatemala! All had long troublesome journeys so our hour at San Jose airport was nothing! It never ceases to amaze me that despite all the places...

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Nov 17, 2017 - La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Doka Coffee Plantation

What a beautiful morning! The sun is up, the sky is blue and we are off on our first visit of the trip. Costa Rica is only 9 deg off the Equator so has 12 hours of daylight all year round, from 5.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. consequently most people start, and finish, work early. Hence the evening rush hour starts at 2.30 p.m.! Victor, our guide, is on hand and we meet the rest of the group, minus 2 just for today. First stop is the Doka Coffee Plantation. Coffee is one of the big exports of the country alongside bananas and pineapples. 95% of the...

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Nov 16, 2017 - San Jose - The future is Insects!

Hooray, the sun is out and we can see the mountains and even cloud forests across the rooftops! Suncream on. Off the beaten track to The Museum of Insects, on the campus of the University of Costa Rica which has 27,000 students. Busman’s holiday for Stuart! Situated under the Faculty of Music building, of course (!), it is the largest insect museum in Central America. Having rung the bell we are met by Federico, a qualified Biologist working here as a technician. We wander round the beautifully put together exhibits in one medium sized...

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