Welcome back. Here we are in the last week of June. I can't believe the 4th of July is coming up and quick! This summer is really moving fast. I did feel like last week was at a much slower pace though and it finally felt like we got into the grove of our new schedule. I'm all for the slower pace and the free weekends where we can hang with friends and just have fun. That will be my summer goal. I hear from Tyler almost everyday when the internet for him allows and it sounds like he's having a fantastic time on his trip. He sends me a few picture here and there along with the group leader and some of the other kids so I'll share what I can. That being said . . .
Here are last week's pictures:
Justin wasn't feeling well this afternoon and buried himself under a blanket to sleep off a headache. It might be the heat. At least he woke up feeling much better. In other news, it's a full travel day for Tyler's group as they make their way to Costa Rica. Two flights and one long bus ride later they have arrived and are ready to start exploring tomorrow. The map shows their stops and how many nights they will stay at each place.
Target ICEEs for the win on this super hot day. We've hit triple digits again so a nice cold treat was in order. Tyler, on the other hand, is enjoying cooler tropical temps in Costa Rica with sporadic rain. He sent me this picture of Poas Volcano they got to see after visiting a coffee plantation this morning. It was Tyler's first time trying coffee and he said it was ok with sugar. Their leader, Brett, also sent a picture of the kids using a super large leaf to shelter from the rain. These are found in the vegetation all around the volcano's crater. How fun for them!
I used to get these National Geographic KIDS magazines when I was younger and loved them as much as Brandon does. It's always a happy day when a new one shows up in the mail. Why is he in a blanket with this heat? Because "it's cozy with the air condition on." Meanwhile, Tyler went on a chocolate tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve that included them crossing a suspension bridge. The picture shows them learning about the processing required to get the chocolate from the cocoa beans. Later the group went whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River which he really enjoyed.
In this heat I don't feel like cooking or even eating much. It's just too hot so a nice cool steak salad hit the spot for diner. Continuing on with Tyler's travels, the group experienced a canopy zip-line tour this morning and then enjoyed some hot springs in the Renal region before returning to the hotel for dinner and a night walk. He sent this picture of a couple frogs they saw on their walk. So cool and colorful!
Summer tennis club is in full effect and Justin has his matches with other school clubs on Fridays this year. The most important thing in this heat is to stay hydrated. Thank goodness he's all over that. Hopefully Tyler is keeping well hydrated too as they hike and hike and hike in Central America. Lindsay sent some great picture of the amazing foliage they are seeing. Aside from hiking they also went kayaking on Lake Arenal and visited an organic farm where they got to taste some of the food made from there.
It's time for dinner out with the Wongs and a little wine tasting. Hello weekend! Later Tyler's group leader, Brett, sent me this picture of Tyler hiding in the base of a jungle tree. He's such a nut but I'm glad he's having fun being a nut in another country. This was at Rincon de la Vieja national park in the Gunacaste area. Unfortunately their group and another traveling with them all got sick from possibly bad chicken the night before. 30 people in all were affected but thankfully it was short lived and they were fine the next day. It's all part of the adventure!
That's it for now. Check back next week to see how we are continuing to handle the heat and to see more of Tyler's travel adventures. He'll be home Thursday night.