Our airport shuttle arrived early, and in style--they sent the stretch limo. I only wish our departure had been a little later so that the neighbors could have seen. Anyway, we were on the plane and in the air in no time. The connection through Miami was a breeze and we ultimately arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica, with all our stuff.
|We travel in style.|
|The rental BeGo!|
With our car finally ready, we loaded up and hit the road. Our first stop? Wal*Mart of course... We pulled in to get some water, food and other supplies. I've got to say, this was one of the nicest Wal*Marts I had ever been in. Huge, bright, and clean. The real kicker about this Wal*Mart was the level of security. There was a booth we had to pass through, to get a parking pass, and there was one security guard for every row of cars. I felt both safe and a bit scared... why did they need that much muscle? Anyway, I didn't want to leave
|The roads are *exciting*.|
on our trip in 2010, the conditions were zero visibility because of fog (literally, we were navigating SOLELY with the in-car GPS, meaning the road looked like it should be turning left, so I'd start turning left, watching the little GPS car icon and how it appeared to be located on the road... we couldn't see the end of the hood of the car and because we couldn't see the actual side of the road, I couldn't pull over because of the aformentioned precipitous drop-offs without guard rails... even road-side drainage ditches would be been bad, and alas, we couldn't see a thing). At times we had thick fog on this drive, but nothing sustained, and NOTHING like we endured in 2010.
The Peace Lodge is a mini-resort inside a natural park, and it's amazing. Sitting at about 5000ft above sea level, the entire property is built into the side of valley, so there's fairly significant elevation change when going from, say the reception area, down to the restaurants. Just getting down to our rooms was down several flights of stairs, and it seems like an entire family of Costa Ricans was recruited to carry our luggage down.
|Peace Lodge Restaurant|
|Flying over Costa Rica|
|Our trip included SEVERAL rainbows, and I hate them all.|
|The rugged, rural countryside makes for great riding!|
|Our bathroom at Peace Lodge|
|Seriously, we pack light...|
|The view from our balcony.|