Finding Gratitude

Day 11:  Costa Rica 

I am sad to leave Santa Teresa beach.  It is beautiful and our host Guli has been amazing.  We left early so we could get to our next stop at a reasonable time.  We stopped for breakfast on our way out of town at this really cute and super yummy place called The Bakery.  Hands down the best almond croissant I have ever had.  Brian said that the banana bread was “fire”.  His words.  Or should I say, word.

We had fun driving in our Toyota Camry on the unpaved mountain roads.  It made for some good laughs.  We stopped to take pictures in a few placeswith breathtaking views.  We also stopped at a grocery store to pick up some ingredients for dinner tonight.  Today, was my first time cooking since we left.  For thoseof you that know me well, know I love to cook.  I made some chicken breast with garlic mashed potatoes and sautéd veggies.  The veggies included possibly the hottest jalapeño peppers I have ever tasted.  My mouth was on fire, I was sweating and there may have even been some tears.  I love spicy, but these took spicy to a new level.

I’m getting ahead of myself though.  When we arrived at our apartment for the night, we thanked the Universe we were only staying one night.  Jorge and Jason are very nice people, but this house is the first bad choice on our trip.  I’m sure we will have more, but this will be the first on the list.  I do not recommend staying at the Vida Adventure Nature Park.  The hiking was good, but the other amenities were either not good (a green swimming pool) or not available.  

After settling in we decided to go for a hike.  It was a nice hike, just before the sun began to set we decided to turn around and come back.  We weren't sure if the trail looped around.  We started our descent and about 20 minutes in we didn’t remember anything we were passing.  We didn't understand how we had gotten so lost.  So we turned around and to see where we made our mistake, but could not find it.  We went back down the unknown path hoping that we would find something we remembered and praying that the sun would stay out long enough for us to get back.  When we got to what appeared to be the end of the road, Brian pulled out his phone to see if by some miracle he had any reception.  None!  However, his WAZE app still had the pin for our apartment and we were able to get back just before the sun completely set.  

I am now laying in bed typing this, completely exhausted, but slightly afraid to sleep.  I feel like there are bugs crawling all over me.  I’m not really sure why.  I have stayed in some much sketchier places (Shout out to my Guatemala crew, you know what I’m talking about).  This is a little different.  And like I said, I’m sure we'll have more sketchy places to stay.  

Sometimes our plans don't always go the way we would like or pan out the way we want, but when you learn how to truly surrender to what is, you can find the beauty in almost anything.  If we had not stayed here,  I never would have experienced some of the amazing views we saw on our hike, or cook dinner tonight.  Not to mention the amazing star show right outside the door.  For that, I am truly grateful.

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