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{OT} Dream Vacation a Reality
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Mickey
2005-02-11 13:45:20 UTC
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i've booked a trip to costa rica mid-march. i have always wanted to go to
the rainforest and now i'm getting my chance. hubby and i will be staying
at a small bed and breakfast near the entrance to manuel antonio national
park located on the central pacific coast.

i can't wait to see the magnificent blue morpho butterfly in it's natural
habitat as well as all the other creatures that live there......

this time there will be no kids accompanying us on our vacation. we've been
working very hard at making this marriage work. i think time alone doing
the things we both enjoy will certainly help improve it more.

has anyone here been to costa rica? if so, do you have any suggestions?

mickey
CG
2005-02-11 15:34:16 UTC
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On Fri, 11 Feb 2005 08:45:20 -0500, "Mickey"
Post by Mickey
i've booked a trip to costa rica mid-march. i have always wanted to go to
the rainforest and now i'm getting my chance. hubby and i will be staying
at a small bed and breakfast near the entrance to manuel antonio national
park located on the central pacific coast.
i can't wait to see the magnificent blue morpho butterfly in it's natural
habitat as well as all the other creatures that live there......
this time there will be no kids accompanying us on our vacation. we've been
working very hard at making this marriage work. i think time alone doing
the things we both enjoy will certainly help improve it more.
has anyone here been to costa rica? if so, do you have any suggestions?
mickey
I have never been to Costa Rica, but I hear it is a beautiful place to
visit. I hope you have a splendid and relaxing time, mickey!!

Cathering



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Mickey
2005-02-11 16:42:24 UTC
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thanks cathering.

mickey
Post by CG
On Fri, 11 Feb 2005 08:45:20 -0500, "Mickey"
Post by Mickey
i've booked a trip to costa rica mid-march. i have always wanted to go to
the rainforest and now i'm getting my chance. hubby and i will be staying
at a small bed and breakfast near the entrance to manuel antonio national
park located on the central pacific coast.
i can't wait to see the magnificent blue morpho butterfly in it's natural
habitat as well as all the other creatures that live there......
this time there will be no kids accompanying us on our vacation. we've been
working very hard at making this marriage work. i think time alone doing
the things we both enjoy will certainly help improve it more.
has anyone here been to costa rica? if so, do you have any suggestions?
mickey
I have never been to Costa Rica, but I hear it is a beautiful place to
visit. I hope you have a splendid and relaxing time, mickey!!
Cathering
This being a woman thing isn't at all like they made it out to be
in the brochure. -(our own jfred)
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Sue and Kevin Mullen
2005-02-11 16:08:32 UTC
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Post by Mickey
i've booked a trip to costa rica mid-march. i have always wanted to go to
the rainforest and now i'm getting my chance. hubby and i will be staying
at a small bed and breakfast near the entrance to manuel antonio national
park located on the central pacific coast.
i can't wait to see the magnificent blue morpho butterfly in it's natural
habitat as well as all the other creatures that live there......
this time there will be no kids accompanying us on our vacation. we've been
working very hard at making this marriage work. i think time alone doing
the things we both enjoy will certainly help improve it more.
has anyone here been to costa rica? if so, do you have any suggestions?
I was in Costa Rica, but only from a cruise ship. It is a beautiful
county and the people we met were very friendly. I think this is a
wonderful way to work on your marriage, hope it helps.

We took a boat ride on the Toruguero Canal and found it very
interesting and relaxing. We did an afternood tour, so didn't see as
much as those who went in the early morning.

I know people from rec.travel.cruises who have done the Rainforest
Aerial Tram and loved it. Others have gone zip lining, I think that is
what it is called, but you need to be in good shape for that.

Be sure to buy some Costa Rican coffee to bring home. IMO it ranks
right up there with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. Both are some of
the best I have ever had.

Sue
Mickey
2005-02-11 16:42:14 UTC
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you must be describing the "canopy" tours. you wear a harness and glide
along wires going from platform to platform. basically the "me tarzan you
jane" imitation. NOT FOR ME! i want to see the sights but i'm afraid of
heights and it just wouldn't work. i will give the aerial tram a try....i
can always hold on to the hubby for dear life if it's that bad to me.

thanks for the info sue.

mickey
Post by Sue and Kevin Mullen
I was in Costa Rica, but only from a cruise ship. It is a beautiful
county and the people we met were very friendly. I think this is a
wonderful way to work on your marriage, hope it helps.
We took a boat ride on the Toruguero Canal and found it very
interesting and relaxing. We did an afternood tour, so didn't see as
much as those who went in the early morning.
I know people from rec.travel.cruises who have done the Rainforest
Aerial Tram and loved it. Others have gone zip lining, I think that is
what it is called, but you need to be in good shape for that.
Be sure to buy some Costa Rican coffee to bring home. IMO it ranks
right up there with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. Both are some of
the best I have ever had.
Sue
Sue and Kevin Mullen
2005-02-11 17:27:34 UTC
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Post by Mickey
you must be describing the "canopy" tours. you wear a harness and glide
along wires going from platform to platform. basically the "me tarzan you
jane" imitation. NOT FOR ME!
This is what I was talking about and it isn't for me or Kevin either.
You have to be in decent shape to try it.
Post by Mickey
i will give the aerial tram a try....i
can always hold on to the hubby for dear life if it's that bad to me.
Heights don't bother me and I would love to take the aerial tram
someday. I don't know when we will go back to Costa Rica, but I know
it will be from a cruise ship again. I just don't have the energy for
a land based vacation.
Post by Mickey
thanks for the info sue.
You might want to google on rec.travel.cruises, lots of people have
done Costa Rica via cruise ship andor on their own. Also go to some of
the cruise line websites and click on shore or port excursions, this
will give you more ideas. Another good source of information is
cruisecritic.com and go to their ports board. I am sure there are a
lot of websites with information, but I am only familiar with the
cruise sites(grin).

sue
Chakolate
2005-02-11 20:15:44 UTC
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Post by Mickey
you must be describing the "canopy" tours. you wear a harness and
glide along wires going from platform to platform. basically the "me
tarzan you jane" imitation. NOT FOR ME! i want to see the sights but
i'm afraid of heights and it just wouldn't work. i will give the
aerial tram a try....i can always hold on to the hubby for dear life
if it's that bad to me.
<grin> I know what you mean. I can go as high as anybody, as long as my
legs don't actually have to move. More than a couple of feet off the
ground and my knees develop a mind of their own.

Chakolate
--
Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.
--Sofia Kovalevskaya, mathematician
kathryn
2005-02-11 22:12:29 UTC
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On 11 Feb 2005 20:15:44 GMT, Chakolate
Post by Chakolate
Post by Mickey
you must be describing the "canopy" tours. you wear a harness and
glide along wires going from platform to platform. basically the "me
tarzan you jane" imitation. NOT FOR ME! i want to see the sights but
i'm afraid of heights and it just wouldn't work. i will give the
aerial tram a try....i can always hold on to the hubby for dear life
if it's that bad to me.
<grin> I know what you mean. I can go as high as anybody, as long as my
legs don't actually have to move. More than a couple of feet off the
ground and my knees develop a mind of their own.
Chakolate
I know someone who just got back from Costa Rica, aside from the
dancing, which she loved, all she can talk about is having to climb up
an 80 foot tree to do the zip line. She is so proud of herself! The
trip was in celebration of her 60th birthday.

I think I would stay on the ground too. OTOH last summer I did climb
the Balcony House ladder in Mesa Verde National Park....

From all I've heard you will have a marvelous time MIckey.

Kathryn
Mixter
2005-02-12 15:10:17 UTC
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i'm glad your friend enjoyed her trip there.

thanks kathryn.
Post by kathryn
On 11 Feb 2005 20:15:44 GMT, Chakolate
Post by Chakolate
Post by Mickey
you must be describing the "canopy" tours. you wear a harness and
glide along wires going from platform to platform. basically the "me
tarzan you jane" imitation. NOT FOR ME! i want to see the sights but
i'm afraid of heights and it just wouldn't work. i will give the
aerial tram a try....i can always hold on to the hubby for dear life
if it's that bad to me.
<grin> I know what you mean. I can go as high as anybody, as long as my
legs don't actually have to move. More than a couple of feet off the
ground and my knees develop a mind of their own.
Chakolate
I know someone who just got back from Costa Rica, aside from the
dancing, which she loved, all she can talk about is having to climb up
an 80 foot tree to do the zip line. She is so proud of herself! The
trip was in celebration of her 60th birthday.
I think I would stay on the ground too. OTOH last summer I did climb
the Balcony House ladder in Mesa Verde National Park....
From all I've heard you will have a marvelous time MIckey.
Kathryn
FurPaw
2005-02-11 22:58:40 UTC
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Post by Chakolate
Post by Mickey
you must be describing the "canopy" tours. you wear a harness and
glide along wires going from platform to platform. basically the "me
tarzan you jane" imitation. NOT FOR ME! i want to see the sights but
i'm afraid of heights and it just wouldn't work. i will give the
aerial tram a try....i can always hold on to the hubby for dear life
if it's that bad to me.
<grin> I know what you mean. I can go as high as anybody, as long as my
legs don't actually have to move. More than a couple of feet off the
ground and my knees develop a mind of their own.
I went through a phase where every time I found myself on a bridge
or a roof, my stomach would start doing flip-flops. I even started
disliking glass elevators!

But last weekend we went to a production (Taiwanese Acrobats) and
sat in the front row of the balcony. I tested myself - standing up,
the railing hit me mid-thigh, and I didn't feel even a twitch.
Maybe I'm over it?

FurPaw
Chris Malcolm
2005-02-12 08:56:56 UTC
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Post by FurPaw
Post by Chakolate
Post by Mickey
you must be describing the "canopy" tours. you wear a harness and
glide along wires going from platform to platform. basically the "me
tarzan you jane" imitation. NOT FOR ME! i want to see the sights but
i'm afraid of heights and it just wouldn't work. i will give the
aerial tram a try....i can always hold on to the hubby for dear life
if it's that bad to me.
<grin> I know what you mean. I can go as high as anybody, as long as my
legs don't actually have to move. More than a couple of feet off the
ground and my knees develop a mind of their own.
I went through a phase where every time I found myself on a bridge
or a roof, my stomach would start doing flip-flops. I even started
disliking glass elevators!
But last weekend we went to a production (Taiwanese Acrobats) and
sat in the front row of the balcony. I tested myself - standing up,
the railing hit me mid-thigh, and I didn't feel even a twitch.
Maybe I'm over it?
Don't assume too quickly that you're the kind of person who can't
stand heights. It's a trainable thing. With repeated exposure your
fear reduces. Long absence from heights brings it back.

My wife always refused to believe me on this, but in our previous
grand house she formed a very strong ambition to paint the very
elaborate decorative cornice between wall and 13 foot high ceiling in
a grand room. I put up two big ladders with a plank between them to
walk along. To begin with she was scared to stand on the plank and
refused to let go of the ladder with one hand. It took a great deal of
coaxing from me to persuade her to persevere in the face of serious
fear, which she regarded as a fixed property of her mind of body.

After a week of doing some every day she was listening to pop music
and bouncing up and down in the middle of the plank in time to the
music, just for fun, part of the fun being scaring her friends :-)
--
Chris Malcolm ***@infirmatics.ed.ac.uk +44 (0)131 651 3445 DoD #205
IPAB, Informatics, JCMB, King's Buildings, Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ, UK
[http://www.dai.ed.ac.uk/homes/cam/]
Cathy Friedmann
2005-02-12 16:02:54 UTC
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Post by FurPaw
Post by Chakolate
Post by Mickey
you must be describing the "canopy" tours. you wear a harness and
glide along wires going from platform to platform. basically the "me
tarzan you jane" imitation. NOT FOR ME! i want to see the sights but
i'm afraid of heights and it just wouldn't work. i will give the
aerial tram a try....i can always hold on to the hubby for dear life
if it's that bad to me.
<grin> I know what you mean. I can go as high as anybody, as long as my
legs don't actually have to move. More than a couple of feet off the
ground and my knees develop a mind of their own.
I went through a phase where every time I found myself on a bridge
or a roof, my stomach would start doing flip-flops. I even started
disliking glass elevators!
But last weekend we went to a production (Taiwanese Acrobats) and
sat in the front row of the balcony. I tested myself - standing up,
the railing hit me mid-thigh, and I didn't feel even a twitch.
Maybe I'm over it?
FurPaw
My body differentiates between heights & my center of gravity. I rather
like heights (love aerial views - like living maps & am drawn to observatory
decks), *but* I need a rail that's at least a fraction north of my center of
gravity. Therefore that low balcony rail would've bothered me - I would've
felt like I was about to topple over. I have an extension ladder, but can
only go so high on it - which isn't high at all!) before I feel like an
accident bound to happen. I think I must have lousy balance.

I've also discovered that although I don't mind driving over steel deck
bridges (cool sound of the tires on the decking) that I have have a real
problem walking on them. And the depth of the void below has no effect -
could be a relatively short drop, or a very large one - same reaction.

Cathy
Priscilla Ballou
2005-02-12 16:37:01 UTC
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Post by Cathy Friedmann
My body differentiates between heights & my center of gravity. I rather
like heights (love aerial views - like living maps & am drawn to observatory
decks), *but* I need a rail that's at least a fraction north of my center of
gravity. Therefore that low balcony rail would've bothered me - I would've
felt like I was about to topple over. I have an extension ladder, but can
only go so high on it - which isn't high at all!) before I feel like an
accident bound to happen. I think I must have lousy balance.
I've also discovered that although I don't mind driving over steel deck
bridges (cool sound of the tires on the decking) that I have have a real
problem walking on them. And the depth of the void below has no effect -
could be a relatively short drop, or a very large one - same reaction.
Many big events at the university are held in a large room on the second
floor of the student union. To get there one must go all around Robin
Hood's barn to find the elevator, or one can walk up an easily
accessible flight of stairs. The only problem is -- the stairs have no
back so you can see right through them as you go up. I have discovered
that the only way I can negotiate those stairs without vertigo is to
look up at the ceiling or the upper landing and not let my eyes notice
that they can look through the space between the risers.

Priscilla
--
"And what's this crap about Sodomites? It's always Sodomites this and
Sodomites that. What about us Gomorrahians? We were there too; we
deserve some mention. Sodom always gets the credit, and Gomorrah always
does the work." - JohnN in alt.religion.christian.episcopal
Chakolate
2005-02-13 23:44:53 UTC
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Post by Priscilla Ballou
The only problem is -- the stairs have no
back so you can see right through them as you go up. I have discovered
that the only way I can negotiate those stairs without vertigo is to
look up at the ceiling or the upper landing and not let my eyes notice
that they can look through the space between the risers.
I *hate* those stairs. I generally go up them backwards.

Chakolate
--
Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.
--Sofia Kovalevskaya, mathematician
Priscilla H. Ballou
2005-02-11 18:44:49 UTC
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Post by Sue and Kevin Mullen
I know people from rec.travel.cruises who have done the Rainforest
Aerial Tram and loved it. Others have gone zip lining, I think that is
what it is called, but you need to be in good shape for that.
Hmmmm. Zip lining? Is that when you realize the Burberry you brought
from home is too warm and you take out the fuzzy interior layer?

Priscilla
Sue and Kevin Mullen
2005-02-11 18:42:06 UTC
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Post by Priscilla H. Ballou
Post by Sue and Kevin Mullen
I know people from rec.travel.cruises who have done the Rainforest
Aerial Tram and loved it. Others have gone zip lining, I think that is
what it is called, but you need to be in good shape for that.
Hmmmm. Zip lining? Is that when you realize the Burberry you brought
from home is too warm and you take out the fuzzy interior layer?
Funny!

sue
Priscilla H. Ballou
2005-02-11 18:43:19 UTC
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Post by Mickey
i've booked a trip to costa rica mid-march. i have always wanted to go to
the rainforest and now i'm getting my chance. hubby and i will be staying
at a small bed and breakfast near the entrance to manuel antonio national
park located on the central pacific coast.
i can't wait to see the magnificent blue morpho butterfly in it's natural
habitat as well as all the other creatures that live there......
this time there will be no kids accompanying us on our vacation. we've been
working very hard at making this marriage work. i think time alone doing
the things we both enjoy will certainly help improve it more.
has anyone here been to costa rica? if so, do you have any suggestions?
Oh, man, never been there, but my suggestion is to drink it all in! Eat
it up! Wallow in it! Really REALLY enjoy yourselves!

Can you tell I'm jealous? ;-)

Priscilla
Mickey
2005-02-11 19:35:23 UTC
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thanks priscilla. i'll take some digital photos and if any of them are good
enough to post, i will.

mickey
Post by Priscilla H. Ballou
Post by Mickey
i've booked a trip to costa rica mid-march. i have always wanted to go to
the rainforest and now i'm getting my chance. hubby and i will be staying
at a small bed and breakfast near the entrance to manuel antonio national
park located on the central pacific coast.
i can't wait to see the magnificent blue morpho butterfly in it's natural
habitat as well as all the other creatures that live there......
this time there will be no kids accompanying us on our vacation. we've been
working very hard at making this marriage work. i think time alone doing
the things we both enjoy will certainly help improve it more.
has anyone here been to costa rica? if so, do you have any suggestions?
Oh, man, never been there, but my suggestion is to drink it all in! Eat
it up! Wallow in it! Really REALLY enjoy yourselves!
Can you tell I'm jealous? ;-)
Priscilla
Chakolate
2005-02-11 20:16:29 UTC
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Post by Priscilla H. Ballou
Oh, man, never been there, but my suggestion is to drink it all in! Eat
it up! Wallow in it! Really REALLY enjoy yourselves!
You make it sound downright fattening.
Post by Priscilla H. Ballou
Can you tell I'm jealous? ;-)
:-)



Chakolate
--
Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.
--Sofia Kovalevskaya, mathematician
Chakolate
2005-02-11 20:13:33 UTC
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Post by Mickey
has anyone here been to costa rica? if so, do you have any suggestions?
No, but I wouldn't mind stowing away in your luggage. Have a great trip!
Mid-March, eh? It's not too soon to start counting the days, is it?

Chakolate
--
Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.
--Sofia Kovalevskaya, mathematician
Mickey
2005-02-11 20:28:46 UTC
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i don't think so.........it's a month from tomorrow ;o)

mickey
Post by Chakolate
Post by Mickey
has anyone here been to costa rica? if so, do you have any suggestions?
No, but I wouldn't mind stowing away in your luggage. Have a great trip!
Mid-March, eh? It's not too soon to start counting the days, is it?
Chakolate
--
Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.
--Sofia Kovalevskaya, mathematician
FurPaw
2005-02-11 22:55:36 UTC
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Post by Mickey
i've booked a trip to costa rica mid-march. i have always wanted to go to
the rainforest and now i'm getting my chance. hubby and i will be staying
at a small bed and breakfast near the entrance to manuel antonio national
park located on the central pacific coast.
i can't wait to see the magnificent blue morpho butterfly in it's natural
habitat as well as all the other creatures that live there......
this time there will be no kids accompanying us on our vacation. we've been
working very hard at making this marriage work. i think time alone doing
the things we both enjoy will certainly help improve it more.
has anyone here been to costa rica? if so, do you have any suggestions?
Oh, this sounds really great! I hope you have a wonderful time.
Never been there, so you'll have to give a full report!

FurPaw
Mixter
2005-02-12 15:09:56 UTC
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will do furry.

mickey
Post by FurPaw
Post by Mickey
i've booked a trip to costa rica mid-march. i have always wanted to go to
the rainforest and now i'm getting my chance. hubby and i will be staying
at a small bed and breakfast near the entrance to manuel antonio national
park located on the central pacific coast.
i can't wait to see the magnificent blue morpho butterfly in it's natural
habitat as well as all the other creatures that live there......
this time there will be no kids accompanying us on our vacation. we've been
working very hard at making this marriage work. i think time alone doing
the things we both enjoy will certainly help improve it more.
has anyone here been to costa rica? if so, do you have any suggestions?
Oh, this sounds really great! I hope you have a wonderful time.
Never been there, so you'll have to give a full report!
FurPaw
Cathy Friedmann
2005-02-12 16:04:06 UTC
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Post by Mickey
i've booked a trip to costa rica mid-march. i have always wanted to go to
the rainforest and now i'm getting my chance. hubby and i will be staying
at a small bed and breakfast near the entrance to manuel antonio national
park located on the central pacific coast.
i can't wait to see the magnificent blue morpho butterfly in it's natural
habitat as well as all the other creatures that live there......
this time there will be no kids accompanying us on our vacation. we've been
working very hard at making this marriage work. i think time alone doing
the things we both enjoy will certainly help improve it more.
has anyone here been to costa rica? if so, do you have any suggestions?
mickey
Nope, I've never been down in that area, but it sounds like it'll be a
wonderful vacation, w/ all sorts of really cool flora & fauna!

Cathy
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