~ Bertelson Bulletin ~

Back to Normal again
July 23, 2006, 11:03 pm
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We got back from Costa Rica at about 1am on Thursday night and we’ve all been in catch-up mode since – mounds of laundry, plowing thru all the snail mail (80% junk) and email (20% junk.) cuddling the kids that didn’t go with us (the human and furry ones.)It is good to be home, everytime I go away, return and sleep in my bed I wake up saying “I love my bed!” – it’s the only bed I sleep in that I don’t wake up in the morning with a lower back ache!

Here is one of the photos I took that I love the most …. sunset at Playa Grande

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I took 200 photos, I’m only in 7 of them, downfall of being the photographer!

I haven’t picked out the best, cropped, re-sized or uploaded any others yet, but you can always check the “What’s New” page for updates, I always post there when I add new stuff to our web site.

Nils took loads of video – much of it is surfing, but lots of other stuff that would be interesting to the rest of us NON-surfers! I hope to get, edit and upload some of those clips too (those will be on the Video page, but again, check the What’s New page.

Short bulletin report….. for those of you with limited time to read my epistles!

  • Costa Rica is beautiful, hot and muggy!
  • Nils tore his MCL in right knee on day 6 – major bummer for him
  • We all did the Canopy zipline tour again – awesome
  • Read 5 books in 10 days
  • I”m really dark/sun-tanned
  • Made some new friends (Todd, Brandon & Jay, that’s you)
  • *I’m* never EVER going on a group Surf Trip again – nuff said!

Now for the details for those of you who like ’em and want to read ’emOur flight left Miami at 6:30am on Monday July 10th, we had to be there at 3:30am – this was to ensure that all 42 of our ‘surf trip party’ checked in early (due to having at least 40 surfboard bags too) raising the chances that all our luggage made it onto the plane we were all on too…

Well that back-fired! Since about 6 or 7 bags (suitcases, not surfboards) from our lot didn’t make it to San Jose on our plane – yep one of them was Nils’ big red suitcase with all his clothes in it! Thankfully he’d packed a pair of baggies and change of clothes and toiletries in his back-pack.  LACSA now TACA arlines delivered the missing bags to us at our hotel (a 5+ hr drive away) in Playa Grande late Wednesday night.

Oh about the drive – OY a 5+ hour drive from San Jose, much of which was on pot-hole ridden roads, and our five KIA ’15 passenger’ vans had pretty non-existant suspension on them, so it was a bumpy back-shaking ride – now the pervious trips mere 2+ hr drive from San Jose to Jaco seemed blissful! Nils was one of the 5 ‘designated drivers’ so thankfully I got to sit up front always (good for me, good for everyone else that I don’t puke in the back of the van!!)

Once at Playa Grande Inn, we were there for 5 days, there is not much close to it (Tamarindo is the closest town) but the beach was lovely, nice sand (not the black volcanic sand like in Jaco/Playa Hermosa) neat rock pools, great surf for the guys. We (Nils, Matt, Maddie, Michelle and I) were in “The Apartment” suite, photos of our cool bathroom and shower will be online !!

The surfer guys did go off one day on a trip to surf “Witches Rock” and “Ollie’s Point” which are both breaks that can only be reached by boat ($60 each) so I stayed at the hotel with the girls.

We mostly ate at the hotel, nice food, great staff (owned by American couple from Florida) and since we were only there 5 days, pretty much lived out of our suitcases (I hate doing that!) and then we had to pack everything back up on Saturday morning to drive another 5+ hours south down the (pacific) coast to Playa Hermosa and the Terraza del Pacifico (the only hotel we were at the last 2 times I have been) – luckily only a small section of pot-hole ridden roads!

The hotel had changed a lot since I was last here 3 years ago – a whole NEW section (bright green!) had been added (with it’s own pool) and our group ended up being in that section (further away from the beach, so about 200yrds instead of 100yrds! but much nicer rooms, newer showers, bigger beds, so despite the initial grumbling and whining from the “regulars” about not being able to see the beach/surf etc, I think everyone was OK with it after a while!

Day #2 at the Terraza, Nils bit it big time surfing and ‘blew out his right knee’ (we found out the day after we got back that he ripped his MCL and is out from the Firestation fo 6 weeks, a follow up MRI this upcoming week will determine how bad it is, but don’t think surgery is needed, just healing time)

That was a major bummer for Nils, no more surfing, having to watch all the others surfing huge waves, hobbling around in an elastic knee brace.

Since we were only in the Playa Hermosa/Jaco area for 5 days this time (in comparison to 2 weeks at that hotel that past trips) not much other than surfing was on the agenda, so those of us that were not surfers (ME!) were ‘second class citizens’ – so I read a lot of books in the sun (probably could have done that a lot cheaper at home!!) – the only ‘cool thing’ we did do was the Canopy Zipline tour (I did it 3 years ago with Nils, Matt and Melanie) – Maddie and Michelle did it too as well as some of the girl surfers and our ‘van mates’ and new friends Brandon, Todd and Jay.

Travelling home was another long day, driving to San Jose, checking in ALL the bags and surfboards again, got home to Miami very late, it was after 1am by the time we got home (and yes we picked up the dogs from my MIL’s on the way home, the human girls that were there too were asleep though!)

So in summary, I enjoyed it, Costa Rica is beautiful, I didn’t enjoy it as much as last time, the format of the stay was not as good for me (better for the surfers I guess, more breaks to surf on) and I missed not having the other 2 girls (human as well as furry!!) with me. If I’d had my best buds Karen and Jenn with me it would have made a world of difference!!

I need to post this before I go to bed – hopefully will get the rest of the photos up on the site this week.


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