December 4-10, 2012
Week 29 of the 365 Photo Project saw us on the downside of our Costa Rica Vacation. We were at the Four Seasons Costa Rica trying to cram in as much as possible. Tuesday saw us horseback riding, rappelling down a waterfall, and tubing down a river. I caught this shot of Evan as he merrily floated down the river.
It was about this time, I was very glad we bought the water proof Canon D10. While it wasn’t cheap, it wasn’t so expensive I was worried about losing it. And it performed nicely in some more wild and wet conditions. The trip down the river lasted about 45 minutes and saw periods of calm and whitewater. It was much fun.
One of the nice things about being out of the United States for part of December was no Christmas in your face 24/7. There were hints of Christmas here and there, but no major commercial force trying to make you remember it. Occasionally, you would find a wreath or something, and I wanted an image of that.
The young guy in the photo was Brayan who was lovely. Later he would be serving us beer in the pool.
Howler monkeys were around the grounds of the Four Seasons. One afternoon, they appeared and made quite a sight.
I might have been self-indulgent here with two pictures, but c’mon. There’s a baby monkey!
The last morning in Costa Rica, we were up early for one final snorkel. The water was very cloudy that morning, so not many underwater photos.
I got this one of Evan as we tried to take in every last minute of our final day.
I also wanted to get one picture of a Christmas tree in Costa Rica.
This one was actually quite pretty. I like the purple and gold theme. Were it not for the Four Seasons, I would not have known Christmas was nigh.
The travel home took something like 17 hours. It was a long grueling flight home. We made it. I wasn’t done with my pura vida vibe yet, so I took a picture of our souvenir–a blue butterfly.
I was trying to get it so you could see the snow and how far we had come from Costa Rica.
That first weekend home, we immediately began preparing for the holidays. Evan went to work making cookies from the Momofuk Milk Bar Cookbook. He made corn cookies, compost cookies, and the chocolate marshmallow one. They were so freakin’ good.
The process to make the cookies did take three days. Above is day 2 progress. Below is day 3–the final product.
We ended up giving them away as gifts to friends and family.
On Monday we got the Christmas tree up!
This was what lead me to my week 30 theme of Christmas Trees.