On my first day of vacation in Costa Rica, visiting for the first time in the 15 months after I left the good life to follow my career dreams in Las Vegas, my friends had gotten the entire group together for a day on Lisa and Mau’s fishing boat at North Pacific Tours. It was all set up to be a perfect day… The weather, however, was not in a party mood. Nothing can stop this group though! We laughed during the entire wet, cold trip out to our favorite beach, Playa Juevos. Being with the old crew gave me a lot to think about – I have such amazing friends in Las Vegas, but we don’t have this same sort of light friendship, where we can laugh all day at nothing, and everyone feels themselves. Maybe it’s just that we’re all so busy there that we don’t get to spend the same amount of quality time together as I did during my year in Costa Rica, where I saw my friends literally every single day.
Pura vida: There’s nothing that Imperial or Flor de Cana can’t fix!
Some of us even wisely brought jackets. The rest of us wrapped up in towels and sarongs.
It warmed up for us when we landed on the beach and set up shop. Oh, how I miss the peace of having your own strip of beach for the day, no crowds, no one else but your own group of friends! With bare feet, we climbed up to the viewing spot on top of the hill, and watched the rushing water in the caves.
Katy, our resident daredevil, was the only one to brave the rushing cave water.
Our only visitor: a slick little pezote. He gladly took all of the chips we fed him — until he in an instant dove in for the whole bag and raced up the hill. I think we laughed about it for an hour.
Our very happy group: Ana, Andrea, Katy, me, Gustavo, Susie, Cheryl, Lisa. (Missing: Mau, our captain.)
The clouds cleared just enough on the way home for a stunning sunset, which we had a 360 degree view of, with nothing but ocean as far as we could see. This is Coco’s famous Monkey Head rock, which in this light really does look like the profile of a huge gorilla-type animal emerging from the sea. I miss that view!
Do you have a group of friends that really lets you be yourself? Does it hurt when you have to move away? I’m so grateful for the recent week I got to spend with my crew!
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