• Fundamentals for Fun at Fifty-Five

    1. Dare to try new things

    2. Say yes to opportunities

    3. Relax, smile, dance away your worries

    4. If not now, when?

    5. Just do it (you can analyze later)

  • Discounts for Fifty-Five +

    Golden Griddle Restaurant - 10% discount (excluding alcohol)
    Shoppers Drug Mart - 20% discount on Thursdays
    Zellers - 20% discount first Monday of month
    Thrifty Rental - 5% off time and mileage
    Best Western - 10% off room rates
    Sandman Hotels - 25% off room rates
    Howard Johnson Hotels - 10% off room rates

  • Fifty-Five is …

    fabulous, fanciful, fancy-free, fantastic, far-out, fashionable, fearless, feisty, fiery, fine, flamboyant, flashy, flattering, flirtatious, folksy, forthright, fortunate, foxy, frank, free, fresh, friendly, frivolous, fulsome, fun, funky, funny

On The Road Again in Costa Rica

#46 – Take a spontaneous adventure

In a recent blog post, I wrote about crossing off #16 on my Fun List. Now that I’m back home, I have to admit now that it was only partially accomplished. Yes, we did go to Costa Rica to meet up with our friend who’s cycling from northern Canada to the tip of South America. However, in the end, we didn’t get to see him.

We tried, really we did. But he had decided to stay in Nicaragua for the month and … I was refused entry into that country because of a passport glitch.

And so, we turned the car around, and went on a spontaneous adventure. We had the car rented for two days, had packed for an overnight stay, and I had my trusty travel guide along so we were all set.

Where to go?

Well, we wanted to see a volcano while we were in Costa Rica. I prefer to stay away from the main tourist sites when I travel and I noticed that there was a lesser known (albeit impressively high – 1895 m.) volcano on our way back from the Nicaraguan/Costa Rican border. While the Rincon de la Vieja volcano has erupted many times, its last activity was in 1997 and it’s considered to be “gently active” now.

Rincon de la Vieja volcano, Costa Rica

We turned off the Panamerican Highway just north of Liberia and began our gradual ascent. As is always the case in Costa Rica, narrow paved roads gave way to bumpy gravel roads that soon became rough boulder paths. My partner, who loves driving in tough conditions, was in his element. I was grateful for a good suspension on the rental car as I clutched the side door.

Along the way, we passed through tiny villages, drove past vast fields where horses grazed and watched clouds build and disperse around the top of the volcano. In one field a lone cow tried to stare down a dozen black vultures gathered at its feet. Young children in uniform sauntered home from school. We saw birds of every size and colour imaginable. And the occasional butterfly.

We heard the chatter before we saw the parrots

And every corner held the possibility of something new and unexpected – bushes of vibrant bougainvillea, monkeys dozing in trees, cattle lumbering across the road.

Bull crossing

Not knowing where you’re going makes the experience even more exhilarating and exciting because anything is possible!

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  • Julie Wise is …

    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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