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            We enjoyed another great vacation with Ken & Cathy.  We flew to Fort Lauderdale and had the opportunity for a brief visit at their lovely home.  Of course, we were warmly welcomed by not only Ken & Cathy, but their puppies Louie, Sophie & Alex.  Its always a great treat for Lindy since she loves dogs. 

            We then took a long weekend trip to the lovely country of Costa Rica (we had to fly in/out of Miami but Ken always does a great job of navigating us through the traffic!).  In Costa Rica, we visited the Pacific coast region and stayed at the Hilton Papagayo Resort.  We enjoyed an excellent stay during our four nights there.  We took one half-day tour via bus and then boat to enjoy the Tempisque River in the Palo Verde National Park.  Since we had a rental car, we also visited the town of Liberia as well as the coastal community of Playa de Coco.  All and all, it was a relaxing and fun trip and a good time was had by all!  Check out our photographs below for more details about the Hilton Resort as well as our travels outside the Resort.

HILTON PAPAGAYO RESORT

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Our view upon arrival at the reception
area of the Hilton Payagayo
The view from our bungalow;
obviously we're closer to the sea
in this hilly resort
Ken & Cathy in the "buggy" - an
oversized golf cart that will take
you anywhere around the resort
This Iguana was hanging out
near our bungalow
A collection of cactus we
discovered on an early morning
walk along a ridge in the resort
Ken & Cathy in a secluded
area by the sea
An early morning wake-up when
this female Howler Monkey (with her
 baby in town) came by our bungalow
The family enjoying an adult
beverage in the open-air
El Ritual Bar

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK

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En route to Palo Verde National
Park, we made a stop at this
lovely retreat
The main building at El Viejo
A beautiful cactus garden at El Viejo
A large Iguana on the grounds;
these guys seem to be everywhere
(and we like them - they eat bugs!)
We arrived at the Tempisque River
in Palo Verde National Park
Wow, Crocodiles on the river!
A closer view of the open jaws
of two Crocodiles; the only way they
have to cool off is through their tongues
A Green Iguana sitting
on a limb over the water
An Ibis enjoying some shade
They are a bit difficult to see but
if you look carefully, you'll see Long-Nosed
Bats hanging from the bark of this tree.
What camouflage!!
A Howler Monkey

LIBERIA/PLAYA DE COCOS

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La Emita la Agona
(The Chapel of Agony)
in Liberia
Street shopping in Playa de Cocas
Another view of the shopping
Playa de Cocas
A Guanacaste tree, the
national tree of Costa Rica

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