Christensen Family

Christensen Family

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Wednesday July 4

Heading home.  Good-bye Costa Rica.  We flew to Atlanta, then on to Salt Lake.  We stayed the night in SLC and then got up Thursday morning and flew home to Spokane.  It's good to be home.
We couldn't leave Costa Rica without taking a picture of Mildred (name courtesy of Jon).
This vehicle definitely qualifies for the category of piece of crap car.

Tuesday July 3

We went to Playa Grande and rented boogie boards and a surf board.  The waves were much bigger on this beach than any we have seen on this trip.  The kids loved them.  Tanner, Kirt and Garret surfed and all of us boogie boarded.  It was a great last day in paradise. 









Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Monday July 2

Kirt and Tanner went white water rafting on the Tenorio River today.  It had class 3-5 rapids on it as well as a 12 foot drop.  They had a blast.  Katie, Garret and I stayed home and went for a walk, went to the beach and swam in the pool.

Candid shot before the rafting begins
 They got out during the middle of the rafting and walked a short way to this beautiful waterfall.

 Tanner said that he wasn't sacred, but he looks a little frightened in this picture.
 The 12 foot drop


 Paddling 
Tanner fell out except for his foot 2 times.

Sunday July 1

We went to church in Liberia today.  This was the most active (read irreverent) ward that I have ever been to.  Everyone got up and walked around during the meeting, the kids were running up and down the aisles playing, but it was still the same church with the same sweet spirit.  It was so neat to go to church in another country and see how the gospel is the same no matter where you go.  Today was fast and testimony meeting.  It was touching to hear people testify of the same truths that I believe-that the Savior lives, that this is His true Church, that there is a prophet on the earth today and that the Book of Mormon is true (even I could understand that much in Spanish).

We dropped Brett and Kristie off at the airport after church.  Thanks so much for coming guys!

Saturday June 30

Today we went on a wildlife boat tour of the Rio Tempisque.  We saw lots of different kinds of animals and plants.


 Grasshopper




 Those little gray X's on the underside of the tree are bats
 Crocodile 
 Iguana

 White faced monkey
 This is hard to see, but in the middle of this picture is a milk carton in a tree.  This marks the stop of how high the water in the river rose in 2007.  
 Back in the hammock at the restaurant about the boat tour.  We had a delicious typical Costa Rican meal.

Brett, Tami and Kirt.  Tami and Ben left for home right after lunch.  Thanks so much for coming and spending a week with us Tami and Ben!  It was so fun to have you.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Friday June 29

Today we went back to Tamarindo beach with Tami, Ben, Brett and Kristie.  Kirt was in the water all day trying to surf with his paddle board and he is the family photographer so we unfortunately did not get any pictures.  Kristie had rented a surf board and so Tanner tried that as well was surfing with the paddle board.  He was actually much better on the surf board and was able to catch 4 or 5 waves.  Tami and Ben had also rented a boogie board and Katie and Garret loved boogie boarding.  Garret was so light that he could ride a wave all the way into the shore.  Kirt ran into a rock under the water while he was trying to surf on the paddle board.  He tore some skin off his toe and he claims that a fish came up and nibbled the skin off of his toe.  YUCK!

Thursday June 28

We went to Rincon de la Vieja national park today to the hacienda Guachipelin and did a bunch of adventure tours.  We went zip lining, rappelling, did Tarzan swings, rock climbing, horse back riding, white water rafted in a tube, went to hot springs and painted ourselves with hot mud.  It was an incredible day!

Getting instructions on how to zip line
Tanner
Emily
Katie
Garret.  This zip line was a lot faster than the last one we did, plus Garret had a hard time not spinning around on this one.  He was a little scared on his first run.  Look at the expression on his face in this picture.
Kirt
Emily repelling upside down.  It took me a few seconds to let go.
Katie repelling

Tanner rock climbing
Katie rock climbing
Emily rock climbing
Katie side ways rock climbing.  I know there is a name for that, but I can't remember what it's called.
Garret crossing a very bouncy hanging bridge
Emily and Katie horseback riding to the river to go white water rafting in a tube

Emily

Katie

Kirt-I think he forgot to close his mouth

Garret-he got to go tandem with a guide the whole time

Tanner-yes that is him in the bottom picture.  You can tell it is his shoe.

In the hot springs.  One of the pools was so hot none of us except Ben could even get in.
Brett and Kristie in the hot springs
Painting ourselves with mud
Ben and Tami
All covered in mud