Friday, June 22, 2018

Back at it London!

it's a Grecian vacation of a lifetime. A bucket list trip to soften the blow of turning half a century. We've got a house on a Greek Island. Friends and family. A sense of adventure and a need for R&R. 

Get ready. Set. Go!

First stop: Horley, England. 

An English breakfast to begin and a BIG nap. Yummy late night veggie curry at Spice Boys (nobody else open on our California hours.) Next morning, let's go for a run. It's 5:30am... cool air blankets my skin, a beautiful borough. What could go wrong? Just a quick left turn...sure, I can find my way back. Lost in a maze of brick Tudor houses... circles and circles— trust yourself... find your way. Calico kitty greetings, light mist on my arms. A hour of feet hitting the pavement. Lost in Horley makes for a good workout. 

I'm ready. Ready for a little adventure for sure. 

Take the train into London. A whirlwind of landmarks to show our first-timer. What I'm first caught by are the faces--tucked away in palaces, towers, abbeys and often unnoticed. I start to look--to wonder--about these faces and what they've seen, heard, watched over time. Erected with holiness, honor, violence or power. What would they say if they could speak? Would they take pride in their homes or cower with shame for the atrocities they've witnessed. 

Do the gargoyles really protect? Do the angels sing? Or the lions roar?

Will the kings and queens govern with pride and ethics and justice?

The horses and unicorns storm to our rescue?

Or is it time to do that ourselves?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Perfect Moments

Costa Rica...The Caribbean Sea

Hard to say goodbye, especially to all the canine friends we have met along the way.

Hard to say goodbye the warm water.

The peace, relaxation, moments that seem to last a long, long time.

Costa Rica. Perfect moments.

Queb Dos Aguas

Take a little road trip to Queb Dos Aguas. Pay the toll (1000 colones each) and hike to the falls. Fly the drone, bat the mosquitos and JUUUMMP!

Little Piece of Paradise.

Punta Uva is moody and lovely even in overcast and raindrops. An evening walk along the beach (not too late to get eaten up by No-see-ums) but late enough to watch the sun begin its descent. A line of horses along the shore and howlers in the distance. 

We take a morning paddle board up the river the next morning. Iguanas, sloths, and delicate raindrops. Peaceful and soothing. 
we paddle into the open ocean. Ah! Choppy. Dig in to avoid the breaks. A little nauseous. Return to shore. 

More fun in the pool in our little piece of paradise at Villa Ananci Village. 

Koki Beach and a Mama Sloth

Dinner at Koki Beach

Downtown Puerto Viejo. Street vendors and shops, tourists and locals all huddled together along the road. Yummy food at all the bright colors of Koki Beach restaurant—yucca strips and guacamole, sea bass, grilled veggies and pina coladas.  A half-eaten leaf plops onto my head. Later, we meet “Daniel” a year-old local sloth hanging around on the roof and trees above us.

Lightening flashes over the ocean along the horizon. The air is still warm.  Paradise. The cure is still working.

The Beach by the Red Car

Destination: Playa Chiquita

Looking for a less crowded beach. Calmer, more pools to swim in. Playa Chiquita is our destination. No car access. No visible paths in.  Lucky conversation with a friendly guy that reveals a tiny trail next to “the red car over there.” (So grateful to have my Spanish!) We squish along the muddy trail that heads through the jungle toward the ocean, overhead covered by guava and palms. Rocky pools. Sun emerges as we search for urchins, anemones, crabs and even a big old green sea slug. My daughter tries to pry it from its rock and POOF she is inked with crimson plumes! Another amazing day...

Rain, Howler Monkeys & Villa Ananci Village

Wake up clouds—every leaf, every vine is still. Sit outside on the breathtaking veranda, overcast sky grows deeper, more layered and the thunder begins. To compete, we were a growling coming from the trees. A guttural, low-pitched howl.  Trees begin to sway. Creatures climbs and swing. Howler monkeys abound! “Is that an elephant?” my daughter asks. J They are amazing. Up close in the binoculars, they are beautiful, large ebony colored. Thriving in the treetops, singing, eating. The thunder intensifies. Hummingbirds buzz around us, drinking dainty droplets of rain off the plants. The rain pours, sputtering against the roof, drenching the plants, a long thirsty drink. Birds sing and parrots squawk. A perfect morning at Villa Ananci Village.