Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween...Playing Pretend in Costa Rica...and More Tape


Since today's Halloween, I thought we'd have a little fun. I know Halloween is about pretending to be someone else, but for today, how about we pretend to be SOMEWHERE else?

Oh...but quick, before I forget, I wanted to tell you guys about another 
ScotchBlue TM Painter's Tape Contest.

Their new tape (pictured above) is ScotchBlue TM Painter's Tape Multi-Surface
and Delicate Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock TM Paint Line Protection.

You create a project that uses a ScotchBlue TM product somehow and you can win $5,000 if htey like yours best. THe contest is open now and runs until Nov. 15, 2014. I don't think you even have to have a blog.  You can just upload your photos. Here's the contest website for more info. I entered the contest they had over the summer in this post. I didn't win, but it was pretty fun to play.

So start feverishly thinking about your entry 
(I'll post about mine right before the deadline. It's kinda involved), 

...Now let's get back to Halloween. 

We were pretending to be somewhere else...

More specifically, we were in Costa Rica. Or at least DK and I were, all last week.

I thought I'd give you guys the highlights. So you can escape your life for just a sec.

Black sand beaches (Well, they called them "blue", as in Playa Azul
but I still thought they looked pretty much black)

Sunrises and sunsets.

This one was taken from my shower. I am totally not kidding. It was a "tree house" with a screened in shower open to the jungle behind it. I think I took 4 showers in 2.5 days, just because it was so cool to bathe with a view.

And check out this volcano. 

I promise Disney was not involved in this shot. It really looks like that.

Costa Rica has all kinds of cool things to do while you are banging around in the gorgeous scenery.

We went Zip lining in the cloud forest of Monteverde.

 DK looked way sexier in his pics than I did, so he gets first billing. 

But as proof that I am absolutely NOT a pansy, here I am jumping off a 3 story tall structure doing a Tarzan Swing. I screamed until I laughed. DK said even the guides were laughing about how loud my laugh was.

You can walk along the hanging bridges in the canopy and paths through the jungle.

That's me waving from the bridge. Hi! They are really up there in the trees.

This is the kind of jungle you image when you are 5 and 6 while watching "Jungle Book" and "RikiTiki Tavi." It's the kind of jungle where there is mist and tigers must live...even though they don't.

If trekking through the jungle isn't your thing, then you wouldn't want to go waterfall rappelling. But you should anyway, because it's super stinking fun!

Here I am, rappelling my way down a 165 ft cliff, nice and dry, minding my own business...

Here I am being chucked in the waterfall by the guide bole-ing me. 
I was so happy it wasn't cold.

There are lots of animals everywhere, if you know where to look. 

We became friends with a koatamundi at our B&B in Monteverde.

And Leo, the wood carver just outside La Fortuna, had the most wonderful tamed birds.

I am still geeking out at this shot DK got of the hummingbirds at Monteverde. 

He is a much more technically inclined photographer than I am. 
He shot most of the best pictures in this post.

All in all it was a glorious trip.

And I am desperately trying to get back to my regularly scheduled life....

But today, I still have Costa Rica on my mind. 

Talk to you soon,
CM Shaw


  1. I just had this DIVINE dream about going to Costa Rica!!! What gorgeous pictures, M! I'm so so glad you had a blast! Have fun with Scotch tape and kiss your darling puppy for me :).

  2. What a great adventure for you. I loved combing through your pictures and reading your thoughts. Love to you.

  3. Such an amazing place! I enjoyed all of your pictures. Glad you enjoyed time away with your husband.

  4. Loved, loved these pictures! I cannot wait to see this beautiful country myself! =)