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One Last Stay

Casa Pargo in Quepos

Same Sun Different View

Same Sun Different View


I must hurry and get this down. I go to the Quepos airport in an hour. If I don't log it now, my memories will be faded by the time I get to Denver.
My last stay in Costa Rica (this time!) is the Casa Pargo AirBnB. I have been looking at this site since November and decided to spend my last few days here.

Nicely Supplied Kitchen and Comfy Couch

Nicely Supplied Kitchen and Comfy Couch


Rocking Chair and a Balcony

Rocking Chair and a Balcony


Bedroom Upstairs

Bedroom Upstairs


Are Those Washcloths

Are Those Washcloths


No, they were fingertip towels. You can't even buy washcloths in Costa Rica.

The place has a nice patio deck with a bar and a small restaurant.
Geared for American Tourists

Geared for American Tourists


For example, Enjoy our OOL. Notice there is no P in pool. Let's keep it that way.
However, there were only two other casitas with USA tourists during my 5-day stay. Many Ticos and a handful from other nations including Israel and Russia. (BTW, she had graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder.)

Nice Deck Bar

Nice Deck Bar


Another Nice Spot on the Patio

Another Nice Spot on the Patio


Little Pool to Cool Off In

Little Pool to Cool Off In


I didn't spend any time mingling with the other guests who turned over every day or two. Although they wore masks and Costa Rica's countryside is almost Covid-free, I'm still keeping fairly isolated.
The surrounding is jungle-like with many birds and monkeys. Every morning they leap through the trees and onto my roof and balcony. They peek in my windows to verify I have not left any open and fruit setting out on the counter. There are plantains growing on the property, so they have that if no one has left anything else out for breakfast.

Monkey on My Roof

Monkey on My Roof


Every AM Come for Fruit

Every AM Come for Fruit


Breakfast Plantains

Breakfast Plantains

This place is on a VERY steep hillside. Many years ago, this land was a banana plantation. The company built housing for the workers. Now, there are also tourist places like my casita and a few ex-pat homes.
The steepness is the main reason I had not stayed here before. I visited during the rainy season and the steep driveway was so slippery I was afraid to walk.
Looking From My Balcony to the Entrance Gate

Looking From My Balcony to the Entrance Gate


Steep Driveway

Steep Driveway


During Rain Too Slippery for Me

During Rain Too Slippery for Me


Private Homes Down from My Casita

Private Homes Down from My Casita


Road Steeper Than It Looks in Photo

Road Steeper Than It Looks in Photo


Pedestrian Pathway Is Really Steeper Than It Looks

Pedestrian Pathway Is Really Steeper Than It Looks


Private Homes

Private Homes


Gray Water Perhaps

Gray Water Perhaps


Someone Is Keeping an Attractive Backyard

Someone Is Keeping an Attractive Backyard


My daily walk was down the hill and either left to Parque Nohemi or right towards town.
Quepos Known for Marina

Quepos Known for Marina


Sculpture Made of Plastic Bottles

Sculpture Made of Plastic Bottles

Jogger and Sidekick

Jogger and Sidekick


Quepos PD

Quepos PD


Because of Covid, the park was closed to visitors.
Nohemi Cove

Nohemi Cove


OK That It's Closed

OK That It's Closed


Didn't Miss Much

Didn't Miss Much

That's the Ambulance Hope It's Not the Clinic

That's the Ambulance Hope It's Not the Clinic


Quepos Beachfront

Quepos Beachfront


Wishful Surfers

Wishful Surfers


Don't Take the Tour During Low Tide

Don't Take the Tour During Low Tide


No Tourists Wanted

No Tourists Wanted


I wish my Spanish were better. I couldn't believe it when I watched the town maintenance man blow some trash into the bay along with the leaves. He could have easily bent down, picked up the few pieces of trash, and put them in the empty trash barrel. I didn't think until later that I could have stepped in front of him and picked up the pile he had carefully maneuvered.
Blowing the Trash in  the Pacific

Blowing the Trash in the Pacific


So much of Quepos and Manuel Antonio sets in dismal disrepair. It appears that in the '90s they created attractions that have not been used or maintained. Perhaps it is the pandemic, but I think it is just the cultural difference also.
At One Time Thought and Money Was Put Into This Place

At One Time Thought and Money Was Put Into This Place


Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad


Quepos Parkway

Quepos Parkway


Another Sunset

Another Sunset


Goodbye Costa Rica.

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My Three Weeks on Palo Seco Beach

I couldn't have found a better spot

The Villa Palo Seco was all I could have asked for.

Sunset

Sunset


I'm Home

I'm Home


Can You Have Too Many Sunsets

Can You Have Too Many Sunsets


Best Sunset

Best Sunset


Afternoon Reading Spot

Afternoon Reading Spot


Best Sunset 2

Best Sunset 2


The Front Garden

The Front Garden


You Need a Fulltime Gardener in the Jungle

You Need a Fulltime Gardener in the Jungle


You Don't Come to Costa Rica for the Shopping

You Don't Come to Costa Rica for the Shopping


I Love These Washers

I Love These Washers


I Love Laundry on the Line

I Love Laundry on the Line


Fortunately They Always Fell Just Before My Walk

Fortunately They Always Fell Just Before My Walk


Raphael Saved Our Skulls

Raphael Saved Our Skulls


Net Fisherman

Net Fisherman


Every day was some kind of wildlife.

One day a whole troop of monkeys came through to eat the plantains from a nearby tree.
About 20 Here That Day

About 20 Here That Day


Down to Grab a Banana Up to Eat  It In the Tree

Down to Grab a Banana Up to Eat It In the Tree


Bunch of Bananas on the Ground

Bunch of Bananas on the Ground


Another day,
I Hear Heavy Scrambling on the Roof

I Hear Heavy Scrambling on the Roof


Maybe Alicia Has Bananas in Her Laundry

Maybe Alicia Has Bananas in Her Laundry


Enjoying a Delicious Banana

Enjoying a Delicious Banana


Resting After Eating

Resting After Eating

Everyone Needs a Goat and a Few Chickens

Everyone Needs a Goat and a Few Chickens


Just Passing Through

Just Passing Through


Just Sitting and Looking

Just Sitting and Looking


Came Out Over Night

Came Out Over Night


The vultures on the beach kept enjoying the beached dead sea turtle. After a few days, they had to stick their heads into the shell to reach the meat. One stepped rather menacingly towards me to let me know that I did not get a turn.
Vultures Now Have to Reach In for the Meat

Vultures Now Have to Reach In for the Meat


A Drowned Armadillo

A Drowned Armadillo


One Day One Shell

One Day One Shell


Twice, Gerry came for mani/pedis.

All the Amenities of the Spa

All the Amenities of the Spa


Alicia Buys Virginia Her First Pedi for #59

Alicia Buys Virginia Her First Pedi for #59


Watch Out for the Falling Lizards During Your Manicure

Watch Out for the Falling Lizards During Your Manicure


Unfortunately Gerry Charged Me Gringa Prices

Unfortunately Gerry Charged Me Gringa Prices

Alicia owns the villa and Raphael and Virginia live on site for maintenance, security, and companionship. Cindy and Bryan, the daughter and grandson of Raphael and Virginia come frequently. All welcomed this old Gringa and laughed at her Spanish.
Helping Me Order the Right Size for Samir

Helping Me Order the Right Size for Samir


Amo Luna

Amo Luna


With Cindy

With Cindy


With Bryan

With Bryan


A Coverlet for Your Cama

A Coverlet for Your Cama


One day we made traditional Costa Rican tamales. Pura Vida!

My Contribution to the Vegetable Pot

My Contribution to the Vegetable Pot


Virginia is the Pro

Virginia is the Pro


Tamale Crew

Tamale Crew


I Cut the Leaves

I Cut the Leaves


It's Quite a Process

It's Quite a Process


Raphael Does the Cooking

Raphael Does the Cooking

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner.

We Set a Lovely Christmas Table

We Set a Lovely Christmas Table


Alexis and Paula

Alexis and Paula


The Family

The Family


Everyone Has to Pose

Everyone Has to Pose


Everyone Has to Pose 2

Everyone Has to Pose 2


Everyone Has to Pose 3

Everyone Has to Pose 3


Everyone Has to Pose 4

Everyone Has to Pose 4


Alexis Is So Happy So I Am Happy

Alexis Is So Happy So I Am Happy

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La Carrertera

Walking Along Palo Seco Beach Road

Although I usually took my morning walks on the beach, sometimes I walked on the gravel road with private property on one side and the public land and mar on the other. Often, I would start my walk on the road and return to my casita on the beach.
These photos are in no particular order. Each might have been taken anywhere within 5 k either side of my place.
Enjoy the morning walk.

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Okay. I'm going to miss walking along that road.

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How to Cope with the Pandemic

Stay on Palo Seco Beach

From my 10th floor condo on the SE corner of the building in Denver, I can see the sunrise and sunset every day I am there.
While nestled along the river in the mountains of San Francisco de Rivas, suddenly it is light and suddenly it is dark. True because of the proximity to the equator, the time never varies by more than a couple of minutes 365 days of the year, but it still seems as if it is dark and then light. Twelve hours later around 5:30, I suddenly realized there was no more daylight.
For reasons unknown even to me, I never made it to the Manuel Antonio beach at sunrise and set.

First Sunrise Since September

First Sunrise Since September


First Sunset since September

First Sunset since September


I am making up for that here at Palo Seco Beach.
Good Morning

Good Morning


I have been here 18 days and have walked on the beach 14 of them.
On the first day, I walked with the owner of Villas Palo Seco. It was a good idea we walked together; I would not have been able to find the access to our home. All the property on the beach side of the road is public property. There are no identifying structures. Only a few people actually landscape or even maintain the public side of the road across from their private property.
No palm tree is unique enough for me to use to identify where I am - not even if it is a coconut tree!

Raphael, the maintenance man and gardener who lives next to me at the villas, hung a flag so I could find my way home.
Raphael Hangs a Bandera on a Bamboo Pole

Raphael Hangs a Bandera on a Bamboo Pole

When there is no wind, the azul bandera hugs the bamboo pole, and I cannot always see it against the horizon. I have learned to recognize this unique piece of driftwood that is about 100 steps from the pole.
My Landmark

My Landmark

Here are some photos to relive some of the walks.

Every AM

Every AM


One of My Favorite Beached Logs

One of My Favorite Beached Logs


Hundreds of Tiny Crabs Scuttle Back into Their Holes

Hundreds of Tiny Crabs Scuttle Back into Their Holes


Only 1 Morning Have I Had a Walking Partner

Only 1 Morning Have I Had a Walking Partner


A Bonfire at Sunset

A Bonfire at Sunset


Just Another Sunise

Just Another Sunise


Good Morning

Good Morning


Another Day Begins

Another Day Begins


You Can Also Sit on the Beach

You Can Also Sit on the Beach


This Is What Can Happen When You Know the Right People

This Is What Can Happen When You Know the Right People

There is seldom anything washed onto the beach.
Never Much Washed Ashore But Today a 3 Inch  Fish

Never Much Washed Ashore But Today a 3 Inch Fish


There are very few shorebirds. I often see a handful of pelicans hovering about 50 feet out at sea Occasionally, I see one or two sandpipers (I think).

I've Never Seen Vultures on the Beach Except in Costa Rica

I've Never Seen Vultures on the Beach Except in Costa Rica


However, I always see many vultures. I don't ever recall seeing vultures on any other beaches in the world. I was not surprised to see them circling over the mountains and farmland, but it has surprised me to see so many all along the beach.
There They Are Again

There They Are Again

Thankfully, there are none of the thousands of gulls stealing hotdogs out of sunbathers' hands.
Not that there are many sunbathers on this stretch of beach. Many days I only saw one man who rides an electric bike to his job at a small hotel. Around the middle of the month, I counted 15 people within 2 miles! I think they were all European tourists as none would share a greeting. Americans and Ticos are generally friendly.
She Has to Be European

She Has to Be European

On December 14th, I got up at midnight to sit on the beach and watch the meteor shower. The others in the villa were excited to join me, but none were able to rouse themselves. I sat on the beach until 2:30. Whenever the clouds parted there was enough clear sky to see at least a dozen meteors fall before the clouds closed and it started to rain.
Equally as spectacular, if not more so, were the sparkling waters. Out to sea and all along the surf line the water glittered as if diamonds were littered or millions of fireflies gathered. I had no idea what it was.
The next morning, I realized it must be the millions of little burrowing things I see in the rivulets in the sand. When the sun shines on them at a certain angle, they sparkle. I am hoping I can find someone who has also seen this spectacular sight and explain it to me.
These Sparkle at Night

These Sparkle at Night

One morning, the vultures actually had a treat. From a distance, I thought they were perched on a palm stump.

Waited Their Whole Lives for This

Waited Their Whole Lives for This


Tide Rolls It Out

Tide Rolls It Out

Rolls It Back In

Rolls It Back In


Only One Dares to  Be So Near the Surf

Only One Dares to Be So Near the Surf


I have never seen a dead sea turtle on any beach. However, I did watch 2-inch hatchlings make their way to the sea in North Carolina one year.
None of the people I talked to here had seen a dead sea turtle on this beach. They claim that many fishing boats from China are allowed to fish in these waters for anything they want, and they wonder if somehow fishermen killed it. I think that is just conjecture.

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I'm Gonna Go Fishin'

But Not Catch a Fish

Sandy and Ryan are the daughter and son of Raphael, the on-site maintenance man in my Costa Rican compound.

Mother and Son

Mother and Son

One evening, they were displaying the day's catch of about a dozen fish. Previously, I had watched Raphael fish using the traditional method of tossing out a line attached to a spindle of wood.
Using Google translate, I asked if I could go with them the next time they went.
The current at Palo Seco is quite strong and dangerous and it is not safe for anyone to go out alone. We made a date to fish for Saturday.

These Waves Pull You Out

These Waves Pull You Out


Every time a strong wave rolled in, Ryan ran over and held on to me.
Believe It Or Not This Current Gets  Strong

Believe It Or Not This Current Gets Strong

I couldn't seem to have enough arm motion to throw my line out past the big waves.
They were not having much luck either. Raphael seemed more worried about me getting washed away and soon stood next to me and stopped tossing his line.
Eventually, they decided the area was too rough for me and they were not catching any fish either. We would head off to a calmer spot.
Just as we turned to leave the water, a wave of only about 2 feet threw me off my 2 feet! All three of them circled me and grabbed onto a limb!
I was okay, but they were sure worried they were going to lose the Gringa vieja.

The estuary is about three miles down the gravel road. There is only one way to get us there.
Off to the Estuary

Off to the Estuary


Cindy is a very good driver, but I must admit I wished she had not turned her head to talk to me as often as she did!

Checking Out the Estuary

Checking Out the Estuary

Apparently, there are caymen in the estuary so we kept our feet on shore.

I Still Could Not Throw Out My Line

I Still Could Not Throw Out My Line

I Decide to Stop Feeding the Fish

I Decide to Stop Feeding the Fish

Cindy and Ryan each caught a couple of small fish that I think they called platas, which is silver in Spanish. Of course, I could have misunderstood and thought that was what they said because I know the word plata and the fish are silver.

When we returned to Villa Palo Saco, I asked to take some photos. Between the lessons, the waves, and the fishing in the Pacific earlier, there had not been an opportunity to take any photos.

They Wanted Me to Pretend I Caught a Fish

They Wanted Me to Pretend I Caught a Fish


In the US This Would Not Be a Keeper

In the US This Would Not Be a Keeper


Wasn't much of a big catch day - surely not enough to feed five for dinner as I had promised - but it was a lot of fun.

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