Crap. So I guess this is what happens when it takes me forever to update- I forget what things happened on which days of my trip. Or maybe that means I'm getting old. Either way, here are some pictures and some brief captions of what happened during days 3 and 4. I think.
Day 3- Los Chorros:
We hiked down a long and winding trail through the jungle to the Los Chorros waterfall(s).
We stopped for a picture.
We gasped at the beauty of the waterfalls.
Waterfall numero one:
...and of course a picture in front of waterfall numero two (with some locals playing in the background):
And here is Grandma Alli posing with 2 out of the 3 girls. Marie refused to sit/stand in the water to be in the picture. And regardless of the expression you may be reading on Emily's face, she actually DID want to be in the picture.
We all thought Justin was really brave for jumping off this rock. (Woo hoo!!)
Until some one-upper local dude jumped off an even higher rock on the other side. Oh well, Justin. We still think you're cool.
We swam around and played in the cold water for a while and then went back to Brandon's house. Then I'm sure we did something awesome like play foosball or play Rory's Story Cubes (a FUN game). And probably went out to eat at Cafe Delicias. We went there like 5 times. Because it's amazing. And they have THE BEST cinnamon rolls on the planet. No lie.
Day 4 - Monteverde:
(I apologize in advance for the picture overload)
We took a 3 hour-ish drive to get to our next destination. We were so freaking glad that we rented a 4-wheel drive vehicle, that day. The road from the base to the top of the mountain was pure dirt/rocks. For an hour. I have never been on a bumpier road in my life. My butt was numb by the time we got to the top of that mountain. I have never been so happy to drive on paved roads as when arrived in Monteverde.
As soon as we arrived, we went and got ready to go zip lining.
And we all looked really awesome in our construction worker hats.
And can someone please explain to me why Kennedy is SO afraid to put her face under water, yet she has no fear of flying through the air REALLY fast, hundreds of feet above the ground, suspended by only a few pieces of equipment? I'm flabbergasted.
But she was incredible and extremely brave. I was so proud.
And can I just say- I could not believe how green and lush and beautiful everything was.
See?!? And of course these pictures look like crap compared to how it really looked. You'll just have to go there and see it for yourself.
Justin was loving every minute of it. Well, we all were. But he ended up being behind me most of the time so I got lots of pictures of him:
Look how sexy we are in our gear:
And look how sexy THEY are in THEIR gear:
Don't act like you're not jealous.
Going tandem on the last - and longest - stretch of cable (1000 meters).
And that was the scariest one. Do you see that big white nothingness that they're about to fly into? Yes, that is a cloud. And you can't see ANYTHING when you're flying through it. I videotaped it on my camera, and, if I can upload it, I'll put it on here. But it was amazing. And scary. But mostly amazing.
So I must say, that really was the coolest experience of my life. It was a bit pricey, but SO worth it. If you can, do it. Even if you can't, find a way to do it. Why? Because it's incredible. And because the soup man says.
Finally, because it's Valentine's Day, I'm leaving you with a picture that you will all be extremely envious of.
Sorry, ladies (and gentlemen). He's mine. You can have the swans.