My death flashed before my eyes.

 One of the items on our “must do” list for Costa Rica was zip lining. The Coach and I had done this in 2005 in Costa Rica….and it was a blast. 
If you paid attention here, you’ll remember I am terrified of heights….but I pushed through my fears…all in the name of fun. I didn’t even have wine before this and for that I should get a street highway named after me.
 This particular zip tour consisted of Eleven zips mixed in with some steep stairs and more hanging bridges than I cared for. I felt more secure on the zip line than crossing those creepy death causing swinging bridges. 
We inquired about the safety of this while we were signing our lives away and the owner assured us it was all good…..Steven Tyler had just been there.

Oh, and the Pitt-Jolie family had been there as well. They had a photo of Kim Kardashian who had zipped here and that made us all feel better.

I mean, she never makes rash decisions. 
You asked for video. I give you video.
I don’t think this is one of the longest zips, nor the fastest…but anyhoo, the thought of plunging to my death went through my head at least 192 times. 
FYI: The helmets add 3 more chins than I normally have and my voice is not really that annoying in person. In person it is more annoying.
Notice I am clarifying when I need to brake on this one….either the middle or the end depending on the speed of the zip. Clarifying things is a hobby of mine. 
And Laughing LoLo. 
She earned the nick name Squeaker at the ripe old age of 6 months. She has been living up to that name for 18 1/2 years now. She laughs. She squeaks. She squeals. She is awesome.
 Did you have as much fun as I did? Did you need a clean change of undies like I did?
Just watching these again, I can feel a nap coming on.
So, are you naming your street Busy Bee Avenue or Busy Bee Blvd?

~Pura Vida~

We spent eight magical days in Costa Rica!
What? You didn’t notice I was gone?
See…this is the kind of stuff that keeps you from getting invited. 

The girls each brought a friend and the Coach brought me. I brought one of my multiple personalities. her name is: I’monvacationdammit. 

I won’t bore you today with our entire trip, I mean, I only have 1406 photos in my arsenal. Plus 55 videos of us zip lining, ATV-ing, Golf carting, snorkeling, tubing, wake boarding, knee-boarding, paddle boarding, surfing, boating, catamaraning. Sounds like I am just making stuff up now. 

In Costa Rica they have a saying: Pura Vida. You will hear this many times during the day from everyone and their brother.

Pura Vida literally means Pura = pure and vida = life, but “Pure life” in Spanish would be “Vida pura” instead, so the real meaning is closer to “plenty of life”, “full of life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, “real living”, “Awesome!” or “cool!”. It can be used both as a greeting or a farewell, universally known in Costa Rica and it has been used by many Costa Ricans (and expatriates) since 1956.

Every single person we encountered was pleasant, friendly and full of personality. Even if they spoke little English…they were happy to see us. 

Thank heavens I know how to say Cervesa, Banos, Hola, Muy Bien, el vino, gracias, por favor and agua. 

Frankly, that was more spanish than I needed to know.

We saw a lot of monkeys.  Of course, Monkeys DO have a schedule to adhere to. You can only spot them in the mornings between 5-7 am.
Or in the afternoons between 3-6 pm. 
I admire a critter with a schedule. Actually, they are only active when it is not so hot. Smart little boogers. 
Here is a group of howler monkey’s..
Notice that two of these captured here have babie’s on board. {sorry, the video quality diminishes when it is enlarged}
At the end you can hear Lo ask if I carried her and Linds like this as babies…the answer: OF course, what kind of mother wouldn’t carry her child on her back and swing from tree to tree?!?

I’ll share a few of the highlights in the future….actually, I could blog about this for the next month. But I won’t do that to you. 

Pura Vida!!! 

Oh, and wish us luck…..we are moving to Costa Rica. 

One day.