Israel Part 1: The Holy City

About 5 weeks ago, Lee got an email. One of those too-good-to-be-true emails. So good it must be spam.  The email was from Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, inviting Lee on a press tour for the Jerusalem Marathon. All… Read More

Beloved Beach

We made our way down out of the mountains and began the long trek to the sea. In terms of mileage it’s really not that far, but the going is slow. This would be our final time driving… Read More


My parents’ flight is delayed and doesn’t arrive until almost 2 a.m. I leave Lee and Camille in the hotel room and drive through the city – streets normally clogged with traffic are completely  and eerily empty. This… Read More

Poas Volcano

Tuesday morning, we drop Boo and Ann at the airport in San Jose. We’re sad to see them go, but grateful for their good company any buoyed by the prospect of more visitors tonight.  My parents won’t arrive until after… Read More

A Swim With Turtles

It’s Sunday, and we’ve booked a boat tour with Mike.  Mike does fishing tours and scuba tours, but we’ve asked for his turtle tour, and he’s guaranteed us that we can see some of those Olive Ridley turtles… Read More


After two weeks on our own, it was awfully nice to see some familiar, friendly faces. Boo and Ann arrived late on Tuesday, so we spent a night in San Jose before heading back toward the beach. As… Read More

A Day of Protests

We had what we thought was a 4-hour trip ahead of us. We were leaving the Sloth Sanctuary just south of Limon and driving into San Jose for a very important task. Boo and her friend Ann were… Read More

The Sloth Sanctuary

I can’t recall how we discovered the Too Cute Sloth series of Animal Planet videos last year, but once we saw them, Camille was smitten. We watched them over and over, marveling at how adorable and silly and… Read More

Arenal Volcano

Camille is a volcano aficionado, so we knew a volcano visit had to be on our agenda. Arenal is one of Costa Rica’s many active volcanoes; until recently, you could see near-constant lava flows down her sides. The… Read More

A Craft Beer Quest

When we went to Tamarindo for groceries, we stopped to eat lunch at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp. There on the table was an advertisement for their sister property, the Volcano Brewing Company Microbrewery and Hotel. It immediately caught… Read More