We enjoyed two separate nights at Tanglewood this month. One evening listening to the Boston Pops Orchestra playing the score to Star Wars: A New Hope. The other was obviously John Williams’ Film Night with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. We couldn’t have asked for better weather or company while checking this adventure off the list!
We took a page out of the first-generation’s playbook to celebrate the start of year 17 for Ahab and I.
Step 1: Find a cabin (with no service)
Step 2: Trick some friends to join you
Step 3: Play a lot of card games
Step 4: Have a little too much fun
Step 5: Center it around a lawn gnome that makes it all possible
We did a lot of adventuring on this trip, but in true first-generation fashion, we didn’t take any pictures. Okay, obviously I am not a saint and we took one. Besides that, all we have from this trip are stories that will be “big-fished” each time they are remembered and shared!
This is, technically, our third time at Niagara Falls. Each visit we have experienced it a different way. The first time was only from the U.S. side. The second time was very late at night from the Canadian side. This time it was from both and viewing it from the Skylon Tower! The next time we come may have to be when they shut it off for repairs in the future!
Manuela Antonio was our unplanned home/office/workshop for half of our time in Costa Rica. Even though it is an incredibly small town, there are a vast number of adventures to experience here. We did as much as we could while actually taking a little R&R in for the first time in a long time on these trips. Manuel Antonio National Park, Hotel Costa Verde, Espadilla Beach, and Gran Gallo Sportfishing are just a few of the activities we highly recommend becoming involved with if you visit.
It takes a little patience and a 4×4 vehicle definitely helps to get to this hidden gem of a forest! Captain Ahab’s traverse through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve made him many new friends this day that now share a unique story of breathing, tasting, wearing, and, most importantly, becoming part of the clouds!
First stop on our ‘zero planning before jumping on a plane to Costa Rica’ adventure was at the Peace Lodge & La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Like most travelers, the quick research we did do involved visiting the company’s website and skimming photos and descriptions. Sadly, the website falls short in describing the amazing hotel and grounds – Disney could learn a thing or two about how to create a memorable experience from this place! We could have easily spent several days roaming the grounds, but Ahab said we only get a day. Shout out to Freddie, Daniel, and Dixon for making our stay lawn-gnome-friendly!