On first full day in Costa Rica we started bright and late (like 7:00 am). We ate tasty homemade bread and homemade jelly at our hotel and then set out for our adventure….Which came to a screeching halt when we had to get the car out of “jail.” Well, not really jail, but the parking lot. It was fenced in, with bared wire, and a parking attendant. Long story short, David lost the car ticket, and Sarah had to come and work her Spanish speaking magic to get the car out.
Onward. We left San Jose and headed south on the Pan-American Highway. Just outside of San Jose we stopped at an orphanage that friends had interned at in college. It was truly amazing. Being there made my heart jump for joy. Everyone there truly has a heart to serve the Lord and to help the helpless.
They take in all of the brothers and sisters instead of splitting them up, which is so wonderful. If I were to work for an orphanage it would be like this one. There are Christian families that live in the houses with the children.
There is a daycare, computer room (where they teach classes for the community), cafeteria/sanctuary, medical facilities (which are opening soon), and so much more! Truly inspiring. Now there was no airconditioning, which would not fly in Texas with our record breaking heat and drought…
Everything was built by volunteers. EVERYTHING! It’s beautiful. And such an amazing why to be able to minister to the community. I love children, which is why places like this have such a special place in my heart. God gave me a desire to work with children and I get so excited to see what amazing outpours of His love and mercy can do in places like this for children. Children are such a wonderful gift from God; innocent, curious, hopeful. The world through a child’s eye is always full of such magic. This is truly a magical place. I kind of didn’t want to leave…
Finally, a picture of our travel buddies and my awkward smile in this photo…After our hour plus excursion here we continued on our way to Sierpe.
Here’s a map that shows Sierpe to Drake (the big red dots). Despite the large dots they are very remote, small places….As in when we went to rent our car and told the people we were going to Drake they kind of stared at us for a few seconds until we explained further…
I napped in the car most of the time; I had a headache and was feeling kind of sick (possibly altitude sickness). After hours of driving, reading, and napping we finally made it to Sierpe (and the sketchy Restaurante Las Vegas).
This is where we parked the car while we were in Drake….David did not take a picture of it, but it was basically a fence with barbed wire around it….it seems to be a trend down here.
Here’s the dock that we caught the “ferry” at to head to Drake Bay. The ferry was pretty much like the boat pictured, except there were real walls and more seats….so….not like it at all, except in size and with a covering….You get the idea.
Here is Sarah and I on the boat on the way to Drake. See, covering and wall and seats facing forward…please ignore the spacey looks….David too the picture without our knowledge.
Here’s Tom showing off the scenery with his best Vana impression. This is pretty much what we saw the entire way to Drake.
Here’s a house on the side of the river, only accessible by boat.
While heading from Sierpe to Drake we went through this narrow pathway (which was cleared naturally, so cool). We did see some crocs in here….Don’t hang your arms over the side…you may turn into the one armed man.
As we were heading into the ocean and nearing Drake Bay we got to watch a storm roll in. It was pretty amazing! Storms are definitely one of my favorite things about this world. They are a true reminder to me of how wonderful and powerful God truly is.
Just as we got off the boat and into the taxi, rain, rain, RAIN! It was such sweet relief from the Texas heat and lack-o-rain we have been having and will continue to have for only God knows why.
Here’s a little picture of the rain from the taxi for those who have forgotten what rain looks like. Enjoy!