ONCE UPON A TIME IN Costa Rica PART II

It’s so great to be back sharing travel photos from one of my best travel years, 2019-2020. I’ve been to a lot of different places, but nothing compares to my trip to Costa Rica back in mid November of 2019. We booked this trip with 2 of our very good college friends on a whim and stayed for a week cramming in as many excursions and rainforest adventures that we could. This first set of pics was from our trip to Guanacaste Costa Rica and the Arenal hot springs. We stayed in the most amazing condo in Jaco, Costa Rica so getting to the hot springs was a 4 hour trip there and back, but as you can see from the pictures, it was so worth it. We spent the first half of the day doing a 2 hour hike up one of the active volcanoes in Arenal. Our tour guide, Jacob, was awesome and so passionate about his work and so dedicated to sharing the history of the volcano with us. Once we made it to the top of the volcano, my mouth literally dropped at the view. It was the most breathtaking view I’ve ever seen. Don’t think I could’ve gotten closer to heaven. The air was so fresh and clean and I just felt so at peace and invigorated. It was by far the best memory. As cliche as it sounds, I’ll never forget this trip for as long as I live. 

After the hike, we went for a dip in the hot springs at the Baldi Hot Springs Hotel. I think our next trip to Costa Rica will have to include a stay at one of the hot spring hotels because it was the most relaxing location EVER! Also, visiting the hot springs was clearly the best way to prepare for our 4 hour drive back to Jaco. 

I hope you enjoy our hiking photos. Sorry, no photos of the hot springs, I was too busy having fun to capture any of that. I’ll be back next week with some more pics from our adventures in Costa Rica. 

Till next time.

Sincerely, 

Deidra Marie 


DOLE PLANTATION VISIT

Pineapple drinks on deck

So fresh and so sweet

Okay, I’ve been dragging this Hawaii trip out long enough. This is the last post about Hawaii, I swear. I couldn’t possibly skip out on sharing one of my favorite tours in Hawaii, our visit to the Dole Plantation. As many of you may have already figured out, Hawaii is one of the biggest exporters of the tastest fruit EVER, pineapples. It’s no secret this fruit taste delicious and is by far one of my favorite eats. It’s also one of the few fruits I’m not allergic to. If you haven’t already guessed it by now, you should know Charles and I literally toured Hawaii in less than 3 days so that’s why all of our post are jammed packed with activities because it was basically a non stop adventure from beginning to end with no rest in between. The Dole plantation was on of those adventures.

We had the most fun at on this visit. We tried pineapple ice cream for the first time, hoped a train ride with the Pineapple Express and toured the pineapple fields and snapped some random shots all over the landscape and inside the biggest, fake pineapple I’ve ever seen. And of course, we had to shop the pineapple gift shop because who doesn’t love buying trinkets for their family members.

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Dole

All aboard

Got my ticket

Pineapple shoes were only fitting

Yummy pineapple ice cream

Waiting to board the Pineapple Express

I’m ready

What do you mean no food or drinks?

Pretty greens

Pineapple fields forever

Banana’s too

Pretty flower

Sight seeing

Gorgeous landscape

More pineapples

Happy as a pineapple

Pineapple dreaming

Souvenirs

That’s all folks

All in all this was an amazing trip full of fun and non stop eating. We plan on visiting next year because clearly a few personal days in Hawaii is clearly not enough to grasp the full breath of this beautiful island.

Anyone ever been to Hawaii? Which island did you visit? What activities did you do? Would love to hear from you. Drop your comments below in the comment box

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


KUALOA RANCH PART III

Headed out to the open field

Double rainbow

I believe this is the last of my Kualoa Ranch photos. This tour was definitely, hands down, without a doubt, my favorite tour. We did a bus tour around the area where they filmed some of the major Jurassic Park scenes. For those Jurassic Park fans (I referring to part I that is) some of this landscape may look super familiar. It’s mostly from the scene where the kids and Alan Grant are running away from the stampede who is running away from the T-Rex and they hide behind this huge tree log so they’re not seen. It truly was an amazing scene and the landscape was the reason why, in my opinion. Anywho, there was a pretty cool movie exhibit on the ranch as well, which was also the place where they recorded most of the hit television show, Lost. We met two retired teachers from the Charlotte, NC area and also saw our first double rainbow. It was absolutely breathtaking. It was our first time seeing a double rainbow and also our first time seeing a rainbows beginning and end. If you ever needed a sign about what’s to come, a rainbow is a great sign! Of course the locals weren’t phased by any of this. They were talking about how they wanted to see snow because they’ve never seen it before. Snow? #imoverit. LOL. 😂

ATV Tour

He hasn’t figured out theres no WiFi in the middle of nowhere, LOL 😂

Tour guide

Movie set skulls

Just grazing

He’s all alone

Cool retiree we met on our tour, she’s from Charlotte

Funny tour guide

Views from the top, or is it the bottom

Chief house

More fake movie set skulls

Gorgeous views

Riding dirty

Help!

More movie set stuff

Jumanji

So many movies filmed here

Tour views

Godzilla

Mighty Joe Young

Lost

Fake dinos

Remember this movie with the Rock? They love the Rock here.

King Kong

Classic

Rolling with the homies

Forgot which movie this was from

In awe

Hawaii Five 0

All the Hollywood films

Wall stuff

All of the lights

Army stuff and such

Pearl Harbor history

My Carlito Bear

Capturing the views

Headed back

Chinaman’s Hat

Bye Bye

Hope you liked the last of my Kualoa Ranch photos. Last stop will be the Dole Plantation. I’m excited to share these photos.

Till next time good peoples.

Deidra Marie