Costa Rica Day 4
Today was my first time on a horse since I was 5-years old.
To say I was nervous might be an understatement, but Bieta, our guide, was so kind and good, that I was instantly at ease. She saw me up there and told me to breathe. It was all good from there.
We rode near a little town called Nosara with Boca Nosara guides. Bieta’s husband also runs an ATV tour. They were lovely people. Like Higgins from Magnum PI, they have large dogs, Great Danes, called Zeus and Apollo. I highly recommend this tour.
The four of us trekked for the better part of three hours through jungle, across beaches, and through the little area of Playa Guiones. The weather was cloudy, but we were reminded it was perfect horseback riding weather. Evan and our guide made a very cute couple.
I wish I could say I took tons of pictures, but riding a horse and picture taking do not go together, particularly when you are comfortably nervous on the back of the horse. We saw some Howler Monkeys and plenty of pretty flowers and miles of gorgeous beach. I never went beyond a trot on my horse, but Evan got nearly to a full gallop.
Here’s one more of me on the horse
After the morning of horseback riding, we drove to Samara, a little beach community about half an hour south of Nasara and Plays Guiones.
Samara is really much more of a tourist destination than where we have been (I swear I will do a post devoted to the magnificence that is Hotel Luna Azul). It was very fun. Long sweeping beaches and lots of surfing. Really quite beautiful.
I did take some fun pictures. There was a woman juggling.
And there were plenty of boats on the beach.
And there was a guy who rented hammocks. He seemed like he might have been high, which makes sense for a guy renting hammocks. Here was someone he rented a hammock to.
Surfing was a big deal in Samara.
And apparently Jesus was surfing backwards.
I loved this picture I got of this woman and her dog in the window of a restaurant.
On the way home, we took our longest drive, about an hour. It was crazy. There were cows breaking through fences, a woman with her two children we nearly ran down at an intersection who looked like she could have cared less. There was the seemingly crazy man who flagged us down who might have wanted a ride for his mother somewhere or simply wanted us to drive quietly. We couldn’t speak Spanish and his English was terrible. There was the crocodile in the water, three fires on the side of the road for no apparent reason, and river that we weren’t supposed to cross. Please don’t tell the rental company or our insurance people. There were bikes, motorcycles, and dogs who seemed to have no apparent regard for any rules of the road.
Evan was a trooper and delivered us back to the hotel safely.
The last picture for today is a sunset shot I took with a very long exposure. I love the surreal feel of this.
It looks me clouds, but that is all ocean waves.
Tomorrow is zip lining and maybe yoga.