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November 27th

John and Em, best

Em and John, whose matrimony we celebrated in Puerto Vallarta in January. Yes, our passports are a teeny bit ridiculous.

I’m home from Costa Rica, although I really wish I was still out on the ocean, looking at colorful coral and listening to the parrots in the trees. When Emily and John invited a bunch of friends to come along to celebrate Thanksgiving beach-side, visions of sea kayaks, margaritas, pool boys, and long, funny dinner conversations fueled by too much wine and filleted anything went bailando through my mind.

climbing the tree
just pee on it
ready for another day of poolside pleasantries
the perfect breakfast

Ask and you shall receive.

the girls

Costa Rica is the most beautiful, cleanest, prettiest and friendliest country I’ve ever been too. Our four-day getaway was the perfect length. Great friends, food that made us groan in gluttony, balmy weather and adventure. We sea kayaked* — my new passion. We zip lined through the rainforest, with monkeys hanging from trees watching us — the ultimate in role reversal. We cried when we had to leave our tropical paradise. Nary a sweet potato casserole was to be seen, but this is still the best Thanksgiving (best vacation, actually) I’ve ever had.

Thank you again Em and John!


* Apparently the resort folk aren’t too fond of those who bypass their time line for kayaking. I had a few hours first thing in the morning and I wanted to be out on the water. The gear wasn’t locked up, so I hauled it down to the water and paddled myself out. I was out there for about half an hour when I saw a red speed boat leaving the beach and headed straight toward me. They were none too pleased I’d borrowed the kayak without signing the pre-requisite waiver. As soon as I did, they smiled and sped off. I wonder if you can fit a kayak in a Honda Civic? Ruby has new competition.

my new want
on my way out with the stolen kayak
kayak, red speed boat, ocean
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26 Responses

  1. I’ve heard that about Costa Rica that is the absolute best. Glad you had a great vacation, it looks wonderful and so relaxing.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful weekend! I’m so glad you had such a good time.

    We went kayaking in Prince William Sound this summer and I fell in love (ok, maybe totally – the water can kill you if you fall in for too long and it freaked me right out that the water was 3,000 feet deep and there could have been whales under me) with it. I want a kayak for the little lakes here. So pricey, though!

  3. Oh it looks beautiful!!! And don’t you look relaxed and happyhappy :0) I’m so glad you got to take a much deserved vacay and I love that you got into sea kayaking. LURVE it. Like you could just go anywhere in the world with your little boat while you’re out there…

  4. You do such cool stuff! I want to be in Costa Rica for Christmas!

  5. it looks so pretty!!! what a lovely way to spend a holiday. although, too bad about the sweet potatoes being missing… but who would care when you have monkeys and kayaking!!

    glad you liked the snail mail too. πŸ™‚

  6. Sounds fabulous!

  7. Gosh, you just made long for the beach, and sun, and WARMTH! LOL

    LOL @ you “stealing” kayaks :p

  8. That looks like a great holiday. I want to go sea kayaking in Alaska some day.

  9. Oh, it looks sooooo nice!

  10. Costa Rica suits you, my dear. You look gorgeous in that red top, by the way. What a beautiful vacation!!

  11. wow kelli, that sounds like paradise!

  12. Nice hat. πŸ˜‰

  13. I love kayaking, too. Lovely vacation! Glad you had a break. πŸ™‚

  14. What an awesome trip. Congrats to the happy couple!

  15. Wow!!! Amazing trip!! Lucky you, going to Coasta Rica in November! I need to make sure to make firends in far away places so I can visit them. =D

  16. Looks like a fantastic way to spend the holidays!

  17. Awesome! Thanksgiving redefined!

  18. How much fun is that! Looks like a great time.
    I’ve always wanted to go kayaking, sea or otherwise.

  19. Costa Rica sounds gorgeous. It’s on my list of places to visit.

    Sea kayaking is one of my favourite activities. We bought kayaks over 5 years ago. In summer, we’ll get subs and kayak up a river, or into the middle of a lake, and drift and eat.

    Our longest kayaking trip was 10 days.

  20. It really seems you had a great time. Time spent with friends is the best, right? Ok, now back to work girl, I hope you didn’t have too much margaritas……..

  21. Sigh, I guess after seeing these photos I can’t really blame you for choosing Costa Rica over Rome for your November trip…

  22. What a great get-away! I love kayaking and jump at any chance to get out on the water. I’ve been researching folding kayaks that you pack as check-in luggage on the plane. One of these days I’m going to get one.

  23. I wanna go! Lets!

  24. Sounds fantastic! Glad you had a wonderful time. πŸ™‚

  25. how nice.
    i too love costa rica.

  26. oh wow… this sounds like SO much fun!! what a great getaway. and yes yes yes to kayaking!!