Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Playa Grande, Costa Rica

We spent the last four weeks touring surf beaches with Andrea’s pop (excellent surfer) and sister (occasional surfer). We, The Lingles, aren’t surfers — though Everett is learning! — so we can’t comment much on the surf, but we can on the beach. No Beer for You! I’ve commented, ad nauseam, about the piss-quality beer …

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Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

She sells seashells by the seashore, she sells seashells by the seashore, she sells…. She can find her supply here. Jungle River Before heading to Playa Conchal, the Lingles — my family, my parents, and my brother’s family — went on a two-hour boat tour on the Tempisque River in Palo Verde National Park. It …

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Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

The road to the beach tells you much about the beach itself. Rough and potholed: probably an underdeveloped, lonesome beach. Smooth and paved: developed and crowded. Thus as our van purred closer the beach on perfect asphalt while high-end condos, villas, and resorts peekabooed through the jungle canopy, I figured we’d pay for it. Parking, …

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Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica

Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica

We’ve been traveling with family — my family first, now Andrea’s family — down Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, hitting most of the major beaches, and a few minor ones, as we inch toward Panama. Figured I’d write shortish posts on each stop. For our memoirs mostly. But hopefully also for your information (and enjoyment), if …

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The Cloud Forests of Costa Rica

The Cloud Forests of Costa Rica

Or at least two of them. We’ve ventured near cloud forests thrice on this trip: camped near one in Mexico, hiked near one in Guatemala, and intended but got blockaded near one in Nicaragua. We’ve ventured into cloud forests twice (thus far) in Costa Rica. Biodiversity Despite occupying less than 1% of the world’s woodlands, …

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Top 80’s Pop Songs for the Beach

Top 80’s Pop Songs for the Beach

It’s not that I don’t like (tolerate) modern pop music. It just seems the themes are too similar: I Look Good, You Want Me, I’m In The Club, You’re Gonna Regret Breaking Up With Me, and Look At Us. In other words, modern pop, given its superficial nature, makes me self-conscious about my burgeoning dad …

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Costa Caribe, Costa Rica

Costa Caribe, Costa Rica

We spent almost two weeks — and I struggled / hated myself for typing this next word, but it just seemed like the right word — chillaxing on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Despite raining nearly 75% of the time, it was epic. Sloths, Sloths, Two Toed Sloths, Three Toed Sloths Everett’s song about …

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La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

We planned to arrive in Costa Rica the second week of July. Due to some unfortunateness in Nicaragua, we arrived the third week of June. Our family is visiting us here starting July 12th; thus we have time to kill and chill. We decided to head toward Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. La Fortuna We made …

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The Three Toed Sloth

The Three Toed Sloth

(Written by Everett; typed by Dad) When we were walking down the beach, we saw people looking at something in the tree. We went over. There we saw a sloth. It was moving slowly. We watched it move three trees. The Sloth Song Sloth sloth Jungle sloth Three toed sloth Two toed sloth They eat …

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Nicaragua

Nicaragua

You take the good with the bad. Or so we’ve experienced. Aventura Una We hustled to Nicaragua. We’d been told by some Australian and German backpackers in El Salvador that the political situation in Nicaragua was getting worse. Borders were getting blocked. Violence. Blockades were increasing. If you’re going to go, they said, go through …

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