When we got in the car for dinner, Jacob wouldn't tell me where we were going. We passed many of the popular restaurants in town until we got to a strange, dark road that was very steep and curving downward. It looked like we were driving straight into the jungle! Soon we got to a gate. Jacob told the man we were there for dinner, and he ushered us in. We then walked down a long path of white stairs to get to a beautiful poolside restaurant. There were purple tents set up everywhere with lights, candles, tables, tablecloths, and all the fancy dinnerware set out for us. Again, we were literally the only ones there! It was extremely romantic.
I seriously start salivating every time I think about that chicken. So amazing.
A little jungle frog came and joined us for dinner.
It was a beautiful dinner and a night to remember.
The next morning, we decided to end our trip with a BANG. We had scheduled a zipline canopy tour for 7 am, but unfortunately it rained really hard all night and our tour was cancelled due to flooded rivers that made the roads a little dangerous. We were a little bummed, but the hotel staff told us that if a later tour opened up, they would let us know.
Luckily, another tour did open up later, and because this tour was having a special discount that day-- it was WAY cheaper than the one we had originally signed up for. Before we knew it, we were in a tour van headed for the ziplines!
In the van headed for the Titi Canopy Tour.
All strapped up and ready to go!
Awww yeah. . .
As we hiked the trail to get to the platforms, we saw a ton of wildlife!
poison dart frog!
Don't touch! These guys are deadly!
One of two sloths that we saw on the trail.
(I think we woke this one up. He' s nocturnal)
Getting ready to go!
One of our canopy guides kept saying "rock n' roll baby!" the whole time to get us pumped, so I picked it up pretty quick.
Time to sail through the canopies!
Here comes jacob!
The first time I went down the zipline, I was so exhilirated that I forgot to break at the end. I ran right into the poor little costa rican guy who was there to catch me at the end. Oops! But I always have to do something mildly embarrassing and somewhat dangerous. It's kinda "my thing."
It was so cool to literally be soaring through the jungle. It felt like some cross between Tarzan and Superman.
The views were awesome at this place.
The path to one of the platforms was a suspension bridge! Scary!
In this picture is a guy from our hotel-- the friendly and sassy Mike from Tennessee.
This line was the best. It was SO LONG!! You could not even see where it ended!
I always asked for an extra push, so I could go extra fast.
Can you hear me screaming in the vid? It is so faint as I disappear into the treetops.
We loved the tour, and we were so glad it all worked out-- despite the heavy rain from the night before. It was great to end our honeymoon with a little adventure.
When we got back to La Posada, we found out that it just happened to be "National Park Day" and entrance to Manuel Antonio was free for the whole day. We didn't have a lot of time left before we had to catch our bus to San Jose, but we bought a few souvenirs and decided to take one final stroll through the park.
We came across a little jungle deer! I was scared to get close to it, thinking it might get spooked and kick me or something, but Jacob egged me on.
It didn't seem phased at all, so I went ahead to pet it.
Still not phased. In fact, it seemed to like me!
It gave me lots of kisses! So cute!
Saying goodbye to Esteban, our friend at La Posada.
I loved how he, like many Costa Ricans always said "Pura Vida!" or "pure life." It is kind of their little catch phrase over there, which is obviously why they seem so laid back and happy all the time.
Saying adios to "Blancita" the friendly hotel dog.
And that was basiacally it! We got on the bus and took a crazy drive back to San Jose-- we were literally driving this giant bus through little villages and shanties out in the middle of nowhere. Some of the places we stopped at were a little questionable, but hey, we slept through most of it. We finally made it to our little hotel near the airport-- and when I say little, I mean our room was barely big enough for our bed! But it was actually really cozy, the hotel staff was very helpful, and they made us a pretty nice dinner-- so we can't complain!
Jacob on the airplane. No one loves SkyMall more than this guy! He was so mesmerized by everything.
The whole way back, I just kept saying to Jacob, "I don't wanna go back to the US! Can't we just stay in Costa Rica??" If only. We definitely plan to go back someday-- hopefully not too far in the future. But for now, it is back to real life. real jobs. real school. real responsibilities. *huff!*. . .
But don't get me wrong, the honeymoon isn't over :)