I completed my commissioned bear painting. It is titled “They Danced with the Fireflies”. I love the idea of dancing bears in a scene of celebration! It’s painted on the top of a wooden chest and will go in a bear themed guest room. It was fun to paint! The fireflies remind me of my Costa Rica trip where I saw fireflies while Greg and I were sitting on the beach one night. They were so cool! I loved watching them.
We’re in Montezuma. We’re staying in a little cabin/yurt right off the beach. To get to the cabin from Montezuma, one has to walk along the beach for about 5 min. There is a main house on the property which the caretaker is staying in. The owners live in Switzerland. It’s been raining in bucket loads almost non-stop here. At times it makes the metal roof on the cabin roar. Other times it is a continual pitter patter sound. But we’re used to it by now. It lulls you to sleep at night. And when the sun does come out, it is gorgeous here. Even without the sun it is beautiful. The flowers are colorful and so pretty, the palms and plants all green and healthy!
We have monkeys that play in the palms around the cabin in the mornings. Big butterflies and hummingbirds come to visit the flowers. We haven’t ventured out much though. Just into town to buy groceries and eat some dinner. The cash machine in town has been broken since we got here so we’re thinking we have to get to the next town to go to the bank. There is a bus that goes there every 2 hours. It is 7 km away.
I’ve been working on getting new greeting cards online at a shop I created at Greeting Card Universe. I have new cards there and I’m working on getting my older ones online now. You can check it out at this link: http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/lgrugercardstore
We’ve been exploring and getting to know this small town of Puerto Viejo. At first when we got here we weren’t too sure about it. It is smaller than I thought it would be. There is one main street that most of the restaurants and shops are on. There are side streets too of course and the Hotel Guarana where we are staying is on one of them. The more we explore, and go to the restaurants and talk to people, rent bikes and ride around, go to the beaches and hang out, the more we like it. We snorkeled one day and have been going swimming everyday too. We especially like this one cafe called “The Bread and Chocolate”. We’ve gone there 3 days in a row now.
It has rained some here. In fact, we’ve been caught in a couple down pours. But we haven’t needed our rain gear at all and we’re thinking we won’t need it…but one never knows. It is so warm that it feels good to be in the rain. There are lots of beautiful trees, plants and flowers everywhere….very lush and green!
The Hotel Guarana has a Treehouse (see photo)! And it was fun to climb to the top and check out the view! There are also lots of cool art touches around the Hotel that we are enjoying discovering. As well as lots of mosaics around the town.
We had to get up at 4 a.m. to get to the airport to fly to San Jose, Costa Rica. So we had a long travel day! After we landed in C.R. we took a 4 hour bus ride to Puerto Viejo. I could hardly keep my eyes open the entire bus ride as I was so sleepy! Greg kept waking me up to show me things out the window. The beautiful plants and jungle and banana trees!
Puerto Viejo is a small town on the Caribbean coast. It has a Jamaican feel to it. Very laid back and artsy. We’re staying at Hotel Guarana, a super nice, charming, comfortable place with little cabinas. There is lots of green jungle surrounding the area with beautiful beaches.
Also, here’s a good link to a packing list for Costa Rica. A good list comes in handy for remembering things to bring.
Greg and I are getting excited for our trip. We leave this Friday for Costa Rica. We’re formulating our plans and getting confirmations from all the places we’re going to stay and the transportation services we’ll be using. We aren’t renting a car so we have to get creative in how we’ll get to various places. We’re looking forward to renting mt. bikes and exploring different areas once we get to a place to settle into. We’ll be staying in 3 different areas. Each for almost a week. One on the Caribbean side and 2 on the Pacific side. I added the weather window on my blog so you can see what’s happening there. Looks like a lot of rain!! Oh well, we’ll have fun no matter what.
Greg and I have all the legs of our trip for the various ways of travelling in Costa Rica covered. We’re not renting a car so we’ll be travelling by bus, taxi and plane. This site has been very helpful www.easyridecr.com. And this site is great too: www.monteverdetours.com/transport/index.htm
Greg found a site about the night life/music scene in the Montezuma area which is on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific side: http://beachareapropertiescr.com/costa-rica-night-life-tambor.html
We’ll be staying in Montezuma for a few days…Looks like we’ll be doing some dancin’. I’ll be bringing some paints and paper along too so I can get some paintin’ in as well. Can’t wait!
Greg and I camped out last night under the stars near Todd Lake, near Mt. Bachelor. The sky was so beautiful with so many stars! Made me wish I could capture it in a painting. We talked about our trip to Costa Rica and made plans. Today we’ve spent most of the day researching Costa Rica on our computers. Lining up places to check out and stay, etc. Looking at all the transportation means of getting around, etc. We both sat with our lap tops and surfed, discussing and sharing and getting excited about our trip!
Here’s a couple great links we found for traveling to Costa Rica.
AND check out this beautiful tropical image by Chris Ambrose at her Imagekind.com gallery shop.