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Packs, Packs, and more Packs

Osprey Porter 46, Tortuga, Minaal 2.0 For me, backpacks are like tattoos. I have more than I need and less than I want. I wouldn’t say it’s an obsession, but I am constantly looking for a better carry-on bag. A few bad travel experiences can leave a lasting impression. Brenda and I clearly remember what […]

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A wrong turn.

Kurt Vonnegut once said that a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction. For me, the step in the right direction after our wrong turn was to step back and take a few minutes to appreciate the remarkable day we just experienced. Brenda and I had only been […]

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The Beach

Playa Santa Teresa The phrase, ‘words can’t express…’ is certainly fitting when trying to describe our initial reaction to stepping out of the brush and onto the beach at Santa Teresa. It’s not like we haven’t seen our share of nice beaches, but Playa Santa Teresa was just different. We happened to hit the beach […]

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Day 1 – Dusty Roads of Santa Teresa

I must admit, I had some baked in perceptions of what to expect for our first trip to Costa Rica. Lush jungle, beautiful beaches, hot humid weather, etc. All the things you’d expect after reading about this tropical paradise. Unfortunately, our first impression didn’t quite match our expectations. Picking a destination in a foreign country […]