Post-Vacation Round Up

Yes, I know I’ve been horribly off-topic lately what with the blog awards and such, but since my photo/vacation posts seem to be popular I’ll stay off-topic for another day.  As you may or may not know, I was in Costa Rica for two weeks on the Pacific side of the country.  And because Andy begged me, here is a picture of the first excursion I did: ziplining.

ZipliningYes, I had an awesome time.  11 lines through a beautiful rainforest…what more could you ask for in an excursion?  In addition to that, I met my match when it came to certain female competition:

My HorseOn the way up to a waterfall and river near the volcano, my group got to ride horses.  Growing up near farms, I’ve ridden before and generally think I know how to handle horses.  I thought I would have it easy when the guide gave me the smallest one (since I was the shortest person), but boy was I wrong!  1 stubborn female + another stubborn female is not the recipe for success, believe me.

SnorkelingWithout wanting to sound too negative about the whole thing, let me just say that the snorkeling sucked on the Pacific side.  Not only did the tour not take us to any reefs, but the day was overcast and the water was murky as well.  So no, I don’t have any pictures as awesome as I did when I went to Belize.  I got a few pictures of the pretty little blue fish (left bottom corner), but that was all the underwater life I saw.

Costa Rica SunsetThe good part to balance out the bad snorkeling was that on the way back, the sunset was lovely.  As you guys can tell from my blog headers, I love sunset photos, so you may expect to see this one on the blog in the future.  Or maybe some other landscape photos I got because I got way more than I can show here.

TurtleOf course, what photo collection is complete without your mandatory cute animal picture?  The story behind this is that at the hotel where I was staying, turtles would come up to lay their eggs on the beach.  The security guard there would put wire fences around the nests to prevent people from stepping on them and these fences would also capture the newly hatched turtles.  He would then release the turtles around 11:30 after making sure that no birds were around to pick them off (looks very bad to the tourists!).  I was fortunate enough to be at the beach when they were releasing the turtles, which I why I got a picture of this cute little guy.

Carrie's Costa Rica Pictures 2013 259So, that about sums up my vacation, except for my white water rafting excursion and the occasional game of water volleyball.  In short, there was lots of relaxing but I also got some reading done and had a great time staying active by taking tours and such.  Also: another sunset picture.  I couldn’t resist.


  1. James Kennedy

    Aww! It looks like you had a great time on vacation! Releasing turtles into the ocean is still most memorable part of my trip to Indonesia last year (I didn’t get round to blogging about it, though!) Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Gretchen Leary

    That picture of the turtle is so adorable. I heart baby turtles. In fact, my friend went to Chinatown and saved a baby turtle from certain death and then somehow I ended up with him. His name is Houdini and he’s not so tiny anymore haha. Glad you had a good vacation. When I went to Negril, I almost asked about the zip line at YS Falls but since I have a horrible fear of hiding and not feeling in control, I kept my mouth shut heh.

    • Carrie Slager

      Turtles are so cute and they’re quite popular with the tourists, which is probably part of why the hotel does their catch-and-release thing. That and it looks bad if they let birds scoop up cute baby turtles in front of the tourists.

      You should try ziplining when you get a chance next time! It’s amazing once you get over your fear. 🙂

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