It is hard to be in Costa Rica and not appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. One of our favorite songs is What A Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong.  It is hard not to sing the lyrics to that song while enjoying the beauty that surrounds us. 

“I see skies of blue and clouds of white. The bright blessed day, and the dark sacred night. And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”

Earlier in the week, Dave and I rented a water taxi and had the pleasure to ride around the gulf.  Seeing land from a boat on the water makes everything look so different and it is awesome to see things from a different perspective. The water was really calm and the weather was nice and hot.  We were able to see several species of birds including the Green Kingfisher and an Osprey.

The morning of Christmas Eve, Dave had an amazing opportunity to go out with a famous local fishing captain to scout for fish. The water is extremely warm this year due to El Niño and the fish are further offshore than in previous years.  They covered a lot of ground and went out about 60 miles to scout the area.  At the end of a long day, Dave was able to catch a smaller 15 lb. rooster fish, which provided a tough 20 minute fight on light tackle, as rooster fish will run the line out of the spool multiple times.

While Dave was on the boat, I decided to strap on the camera and go for a hike in an area called Zona America, where it is easy to work up a great sweat and see some amazing birds in the surrounding almond trees. (Don’t mind the red face, it was HOT).

The bird that I am most excited about was this bird called a Cherrie Tanager. These birds are always on the move and are very hard to capture. I have spent 6 years trying to capture this bird without much luck. In my photo library up until this point consisted blurry pictures, pictures of just the head or the bright butt, but not the whole bird. I FINALLY got the shot.

Later that night we went to Casa Roland and had a fabulous Christmas Eve dinner (ribs, turkey and ham). Sorry, no picture. Ha ha ha. Christmas Day was spent relaxing, going for a walk through town and later heading over to an expats home for Christmas lunch. Carol hosts all the Ex-Pats in town and there were close to 40 people. After our amazing lunch, we headed back to the marina where we saw that someone had caught a 100 lb tuna and they were nice enough to share their catch with us.  The sashimi sure made for a fabulous Christmas dinner. 

Most of the past few days has been spent reading, relaxing and swimming.  Staying at the marina has its perks, we can always see what fish other people have caught. This day someone brought in a huge snapper that was estimated to be around 60 lbs. We were lucky enough to be on the receiving end of some of this fish and the restaurant cooked it up and I have to admit that it was seriously some of the best fish I can recall eating. Can’t get much fresher than that.

Tonight we were blessed with another beautiful sunset. Yes, I think to myself, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD!!!!

 

Over the River and Through the Woods
Sunsets and Hammocks Make Me Happy