Thursday, April 24, 2014

Yosemite & Mammoth: Memorial Day Weekend 2013

Memorial Day Weekend seemed like a dubious choice, but we risked it. After a pleasant drive up the 395 from Los Angeles, we were surprised to find the east side of Yosemite (through Tioga Pass) practically empty! It seems the tourists prefer the valley.






































Honeymoon in Costa Rica





Some people choose a relaxing honeymoon vacation, at a resort on the beach. Alla and I decided it would be more fun and memorable if we hiked, paddled and climbed around Costa Rica. We did not make it to the beach at all!  We spent our time exploring the Pacuare River, a coffee plantation, a visit to the Cabecar tribe, Volcan Barva, Volcan Arenal, and plenty of small villages in between. We mostly got around by a shared van, or raft, but we also rented a car on the last day which gave us the opportunity to navigate through some off-the-beaten path Costa Rican countryside. It really is a beautiful country and worth moving towards the top of your travel list.