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  •  Good morning, great post Joannelon! Epic work (8+ / 0-)

    you and joeshikspak, do, don't know how you keep it up but thanks.

    Got rain? We do here in the Texas Hill Country, and after a couple of years of epic drought this is welcome.  Brought on no doubt from setting up our watering system yesterday for our Pecan trees in anticipation of being gone for a while.  Thankfully a friend will keep them alive through what will surely be another scorcher of a summer.  

    Real humid, everything is green and the bluebonnets along the highways are always a glorious contrast on the way into Austin for medical stuff.

     Jakkalbessie at the wheel,
    driving defensively she says as an 18 wheeler just fish tailed and  slid through a red light ahead of us.  Me, I am sitting next to her eyes down and using the Jetpack  and my laptop.  She is of the mistaken impression that women are better drivers but as long as I have a signal I just let that go. :)

    Speaking of green, the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica defines that color for me and I always have to pinch myself to really believe we got  to stay at Cabinas Jiminez again.  The humidity keeps it green, rarely dropping below 95% it seems. To add drama to the fun times kayaking and watching the scarlet macaws, toucans, and parrots was the dengue outbreak ongoing while we were there.  Great news is that the trip almost paid for itself with the price difference for dental work from our amazing dentist Dr. Melissa Morales who is a native of this tiny fishing village and jumping off point for the Osa Corcovado National Park.

     photo SX40MAtoTXApr17352.jpg Puerto Jimenz, Costa Rica, February 2013

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    by divineorder on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 06:56:09 AM PDT

    •  That must be a glorious place (2+ / 0-)
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      I would love to visit. I don't do so well in heat and humidity. I always wonder if over a longer period of time I would truly adjust to it.  I don't seem to have been designed for it at all.  

      I hear good things about Costa Rica.  Have fun on your trip and glad to hear you are getting rain.  Are you on your way to Sante Fe?  Another place I've never seen.  Tell JakkalBessie we said hi. And thanks for the pics! Love the pics!

      Go well, divine.

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 07:39:31 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks! We will make our way back to Santa Fe (2+ / 0-)
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        on Monday every thing works well with health stuff.

        Will break the 12 hour drive up and camp halfway at either Bottomless Lakes State Park near Roswell or Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge north of Lubbock  and hope to catch some of the Lyrid Meteor Shower if we can stay awakee.  

        RE: Costa Rica We decided long ago to live frugally and give up new cars, clothes, eating out and etc for travel and that strategy got us to 40 countries.

        Since we retired and have less money we decided to focus our travel dollars on places that have wildlife vs culture/architecture/history.

        It's true we 'sweat buckets' while kicking around in Costa Rica but its the price we are okay to pay for such lush scenic beauty and wildlife, especially on the Pacific side.

        This trip we got 'free' air miles tickets with miles from credit card new sign up bonus mile offers !  That really helped with the budget!

        We mostly do the budget travel thang on buses and shuttles to get around instead of renting a car.

        Instead of camping in our tent like we do in Africa where its generally much drier and cooler depending on time of year, in Costa Rica we  stay in basic rooms   set in lush scenic gardens, some with shared bath, some with AC for $35 - 60 a night.  To save money we fix our own food when practical if there is a shared kitchen.

        Its the kind of travel easiest to do if you have more time than not. Its not for everyone. But for us its allows us to experience a continuing dream come true!

        There are parts of Costa Rica that are drier than the Pacific or Atlantic Coasts but less lush so trade offs.

         photo SX40MAtoTXApr17449.jpg Scarlet Macaws , rough and raucous during mating season. Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica,  February 2013

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        by divineorder on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 08:37:19 AM PDT

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