The life and times of the Godfrey ten.

Costa Rica Day 4 Surf’s up!

Today, like every other day so far, the weather was fantastic. It was actually a little cloudy in the morning which allowed me and Tra to get a jog in on our beach. During which we ran into a snake, I think it was dead but I wasn’t positive. I picked it up…with a stick of course and I couldn’t tell if it was moving due to me or trying to get a way. It was black and yellow and about 16 inches long. Of course we did not have a camera. Then last night, Tra went out to sit on the patio and screeched, she saw about 5 or 6 raccoons chilling near the pool. She tried to get some pics, but it was a little dark. 

Racoon getting the heck outta here!

Raccoon getting the heck outta here!

Tra's favorite gecko cuz he is missing his tail

Tra's favorite gecko cuz he is missing his tail

all the kids wear uniforms to school, some blue some white, all beautiful children. Tra wants to bring em all home.

all the kids wear uniforms to school, some blue some white, all beautiful children. Tra wants to bring em all home.

After our jog we decided to check out a couple of surf beaches, first we went to Playa Grande and we loved it. The beach is a popular surf site and it was a cool place to be. Even as popular as it is we only saw about 30-40 people there, mostly locals. We really liked that beach a lot, even more than the one at our house. I know, sacrilegious. As we parked the car there, Tra spotted an iguana and went to get some pics, we soon noticed there were about 7-8 iguanas in that ditch, it was great. 

Welcome to Playa Grande

One of the iguanas, this one was about 3 feet long.
One of the iguanas, this one was about 3 feet long.
Gotta protec the dome at all times at Grande

Gotta protect the dome at all times at Grande

Grande surfer

Grande surfer

Tra on Playa Grande

Tra on Playa Grande

Mr. hermit wanted us off his beach.

Mr. hermit wanted us off his beach.

We then went to Playa Negra, the trip there was very interesting. The roads were pretty horrific, to the point that I thought we were for sure lost many times, but alas we were not and we made it. It too seemed to be a local hangout, but it had an awesome set up with these handmade wood loungers set up in the trees. The surf was not as good as Grande, but it was decent and I even did some body surfing, or flailing and drowning as Tra called it. I thought I looked pretty awesome, I am sure I was mistaken for a local. 

Playa Negro

Playa Negra

Glenn praying for help

Glenn praying for help

Tra bracing herself

Tra bracing herself

Trac beachcombing at Playa Negro

Tra beach-combing at Playa Negra

 

Check out the cool hand made loungers (that is my word)

Check out the cool hand made loungers (that is my word)

 

 

In between the beaches we did a little house hunting and found some great lots near Grande. They were up on a hill, and had great views and I think they were about 3-4 acres each. A very nice area. We also looked at an open house, it was beautiful, granite counters, dark local wood, tile floors, huge kitchen, outdoor kitchen, garage and pool. Only about a mile from the beach and it could be yours for about 500k, with special international financing at 8.5%. Good stuff eh?

lotsa lots for sale

lotsa lots for sale

lots of lots for sale

lots of lots for sale

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One lot we looked at

One lot we looked at

One lot we looked at near Playa Grande

One lot we looked at near Playa Grande

house we looked at near Playa Negro

house we looked at near Playa Negra

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cool sinks

cool sinks

We ended the night in the pool at our house listening to the surf and watching the sunset. We did have a nice lunch near Grande at a place called Kikes, it was suggested by the locals and it was cheap and tasty. We loved the atmosphere. All in all another great day of Pura Vida.

Here are the things we learned today:

1. There are definitely roads that require 4X4, but they lead to great places.

2. We don’t want to know where the chicken we had for lunch came from.

3. Dudes love their surfing, and it is worth while to check other beaches out.

4. There is some great property for sale here.

5. Many beaches don’t have a bano or a place to change, so think ahead.

6. It takes a cold can of diet Pepsi about 10 minutes to get to 80 degrees, and it takes about 25 minutes for the can to absorb enough heat to scar your lips when you attempt to drink of it.

Tra hanging ten and staying dry

Tra hanging ten and staying dry

This is the proper form

This is the proper form

Lunch place, good local surfer hangout, we fit right in.

Lunch place, good local surfer hangout, we fit right in.

Near day's end at Playa Negro, notice dome protector.

Near day's end at Playa Negra, notice dome protector.

Da da, na na, jaws is on the loose.

Da da, na na, jaws is on the loose.

7 responses

  1. cash21

    So I realize that you need to keep the dome covered at all times, but what kind of garment is that on your chest in that second to last picture? Haha!

    Jason

    February 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    • That my friend is a special native sweater, my dad had one too and he was so kind to leave me one. They are great back home, nice and toasty, not so much here. Don’t see too many of them around here either, unless they are swinging from trees.

      February 24, 2009 at 7:24 am

  2. I’m sitting here giggling at you two because you look like a couple of newlyweds being dorks! I love it! … I mean that in a good way.

    February 23, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    • We are dorks, and we mean that in a good way too. Gotta have some fun while we can, reality is right around the corner.

      February 24, 2009 at 7:23 am

  3. Glenn,

    Your beaches put mine to shame! I am jealous.. And like Jason said, isn’t it a bit warm on the beach for a sweater?

    Looks like fun 🙂
    -Brad

    February 24, 2009 at 5:32 am

    • Don’t worry, once you reach puberty you too can have one! They are great in Alaska! yeh the beaches here are pretty phenomenal, that is what this areas is known for.

      February 24, 2009 at 7:20 am

  4. Stephen

    We appreciate the updates of your vacation! I see the pictures, close my eyes and kind of float away for a minute or two until the phone rings… Glad you are having fun!

    Pastor

    February 24, 2009 at 11:43 am

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