Wayne flew into Costa Rica on the same day that my dad was scheduled to leave. We had two days and two goals: Get us some monkey madness and go on a white water rafting trip.
We stopped by crocodile bridge over Tarcoles to show Wayne the bunches of crocs and they did not disappoint. There were more crocs on this visit than previously with my dad. Can you tell the difference between the crocs and logs?
Our ever trusty travel mule, Wayne, brought us some goodies from the states. Matt ordered a few mastervolt parts and our friends at Manu Kea Incorporated sent us some swag.
New from Manu Kea: custom jacklines made specifically for Sugar Shack. Super cool stainless steel clothes pins, lightweight, high strength polymer carabiners, set of all silicone spatulas. Can’t wait to put these into action! Lots of really good stuff for Sugar Shack.
It was time to introduce Wayne to some Monkey Madness. We returned the rent car so we headed to the park on public transit. Photo: Boys waiting at the bus stop (off the main road). Matt had to show off our giant bamboo lining the driveway at the apartment.
Manuel Antonio National Park – Monkeys, Monkeys, Monkeys
On the way to Manuel Antonio National Park, we spied a family of Capuchin monkey’s. They were far more focused on eating marmons and flowers than paying attention to the paparazzi. Check out the momma and baby below. Not the monkey madness we were hoping for, but there’s still time.
Once inside the park, we thought we knew where the monkeys would be since this was our 3rd visit and all. Alas, we were wrong. They were no where near the places we had seen them before. At first, we were afraid that the only monkeys we were going to see would be the ones outside of the park – which would suck.
We took the “short path” toward the beach as its so pretty and much more cooler. Matt had us crawling over some boulders to get to a smaller beach and the boys goofed off a bit around the water.
Deer, Crabs, and Sloths
We did manage to see a few deer (which are not hunted in Costa Rica), a cool red and blue crab family, and a super friendly 3-toed sloth eating breakfast.
As we were leaving the beach, we finally saw a family of Capuchin monkeys. They were fabulously playful and wrestled with each other. True monkey madness.
Check out this funny 11 second video – Monkey Madness and Mayhem
There was only one path that Matt and I had not explored within the park, so we conquered it with Wayne. It led to a “seasonal” waterfall at the end of many stairs.
As we exited the park, the boys felt compelled to try a Coco Loco. The vendor takes cold coconuts, wacks off the end, adds rum to the fresh coconut water and bam – you have Coco Loco! They polished those off before we got to the restaurant for lunch.
After we fed our bellies, we headed to the yard to check on Sugar Shack. Bristol Marine was supposed to be finished with all 4 jobs, but alas the rain and tico time had another date in mind.
Wayne has seen our boat in stellar condition ready for guests, in “standard” condition, and in storage condition. Yet, he had never seen her in such disarray.
And it’s fixin to get worse as we will have Bristol Marine finishing the exterior beautification projects and AG Marine delivering some parts all at the same time.
Another capuchin family was playing by the apartment as well – so we saw three different crazy monkey families.
Having successfully fulfilled our monkey goal, we set out to conquer the Costa Rican Rafting Adventure…stay tuned for our next blog.