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Everything is Bigger in Costa Rica!

Yesterday we made our fourth trip to Parque Nacional Braulio Carillo, where everything seems to grow bigger, including the spiders, eeeek!

There is a picnic shelter that our daughter refuses to enter, she'd rather stand in the rain, because the underside of the roof is covered in these spiders.

There is a picnic shelter that our daughter refuses to enter, she’d rather stand in the rain, because the underside of the roof is covered in these spiders.

As gorgeous as the beaches are here, I’m a mountain girl and I’d rather put on a pair of hiking boots than a bathing suit (and not just because my 41st birthday is sneaking up behind me). This particular national park is the perfect spot for a nice hike, an easy hour’s drive from our home as long as the dear hubby doesn’t try one of his infamous “shortcuts,” which he did not this time. There are two trails, both easy enough for our six year old to run along and lead the expedition– at least until he remembered there are big cats in the park, which might have happened when his panicked mother lost sight of him and started screeching “BIG CATS, RILEY, BIG CATS!” at which point he turned tailed, deciding he didn’t want to be line leader anymore and the middle suited him just fine.

I didn’t hold out much hope for our trip because this is what our drive looked like once we gained a bit of elevation:

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It’s been a running joke between my husband and myself from before we were married that every outing we take always ends up in rain so “just another Turner family outing” has become our mantra. “Oh! Look! It’s that fun horizontal rain we love so much, honey!” “Yup, just another Turner family outing!” The nice thing about hiking in the rainforest, though, is that all the trees and leaves are massive so, unless it is truly pissing down, it’s still doable to hike in the rain and not be misearable. Plus, the rewards are worth it. Gorgeous scenery:

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They don't call it the Rio Sucio (dirty river) for nothing! Volcanic minerals are responsible for the color of the water.

They don’t call it the Rio Sucio (dirty river) for nothing! Volcanic minerals are responsible for the color of the water.

Trees and mist, a lovely combo!

Trees and mist, a lovely combo!

Flowers and plant life that resemble aliens:

Not a clue what this is but it's pretty cool looking

Not a clue what this is but it’s pretty cool looking

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There is a bug in this one, which I didn’t notice until I looked at the photo more closely–well done with the camo and thanks for not attacking my nose!

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When we’re very lucky we see some wildlife:

Well camo'd frog

Well camo’d frog

Fast moving, slightly pissed off, monkeys are hard to capture on film ...

Fast moving, slightly pissed off, monkeys are hard to capture on film …

 

Despite the cover of the massive foliage, after an hour or so of hiking, we were quite soaked and chilled so we headed over to one of our favorite restaurants, La Fonda, right outside the boundaries of the park. It is a lovely Argentinian grill where everything is cooked on an open wood fire–and the fresh off the grill food is perfect for warming cold hands:

Freshly grilled cheese and veggies, perfect for hand warming!

Freshly grilled cheese and veggies, perfect for hand warming!

 

All in all Braulio Carillo is a gorgeous way to spend a day. The pandas approve …

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And Ry gives it two crazy peace signs up, it’s a win!

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