Costa Rica 2003
May 1–9, 2003

What do you do when your friend calls you up out of the blue and asks, “hey, do you want to go to Costa Rica?” What else! I spent 9 spectacular days flitting around the Pacific side of Costa Rica. Pros: amazing wildlife, 80 degree water, very large currency, and nachos. Cons: vicious mosquitos, stifling humidity, and a horrendous odor in the rental car.

San Jose Heidi, Ryan, Konlee, and I meet up at the San Jose airport and head over to pick up a rental car—not just any car, but an exquisite Jeep Cherokee that must have been continuously abused for the past 3 years. Despite us breaking the A/C a few times, smoking the brakes out, and getting pulled over (which, unfortunately, I wasn't there for), the car got us all back to the airport with nothing more than a bad stench on our clothes.

San Isidro de El General We stopped here for the night after about 4 hours of driving over the mountain pass. Stayed in cockroach infested motel, drank at local gringo bar, took off for the Osa Peninsula the next morning.

Puerto Jimenez The last hour of the drive was over dirt roads, so it left my hands completely numb from the steering wheel vibrations. Luckily, I was able to tap into my superior Asian driving skills (or should I say, sKilZ) and navigate the car directly into a few bone jarring potholes for the maximum off-road experience. We were all wondering when the front axle was going to simply detach from the car.

Nonetheless, we made it to the Iguana Lodge and were greeted by a very posh jungle resort. The owners were a couple of ex-lawyers from Colorado and their two children who lived in a bamboo treehouse (very Swiss Family Robinson).

To be finished soon...

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