Tomorrow we leave for Costa Rica... again. Our 90 day tourist visas are expiring, and we gotta go. This time we are flying from Panama City to San Jose, renting a car, and driving to an all-inclusive beach resort in Puntarenas. Me very happy. I will be sure to post photos when we get back.
As I pack our things for this trip, I thought I'd reflect on the past trips we've made to leave the country every 90 days. I'm not going to lie... with a small child, mandatory international travel every 3 months is not super fun. But we've survived, and we've made some really great memories:
Our first excursion was to Esquinas Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica. It was a pain to drive all the way up to Costa Rica, cross the border, find a chiva, drive 2 hours into the jungle, and check in to our little cabanas. But if you check out the website, you'll see it was totally worth it! Even with a 9 month old baby in tow!
The second trip was to the states to get some paperwork in order for a missionary visa we thought we'd be able to apply for. We celebrated Anna's 1st Birthday with family and friends, and even enjoyed a Day at the Wild Animal Park.
The third trip was back to Costa Rica. We flew from Albrook Airport up to David, and then a taxi to the border. We then took another taxi for 90 minutes to Golfito. From Golfito we took a 10 minute boat-taxi to a small rental house on a tiny private strip of beach, only accessible by boat. During high tide, the water came right up to the house. During low tide a great beach gave us lots to do!
Our most recent leave was back to California. We stayed in Panama for Christmas, but were able to spend a week with family and friends after the holidays. I was even able to meet my new nephew!
So please pray for us as we travel back to Costa Rica tomorrow! And be sure to check Monday for photos! And as an added treat, GRAMMY ARRIVES MONDAY! Stay tuned...