Thursday, August 25, 2016

Niagara Falls

We decided to take a break from the bungalow, and drive up to Niagara Falls for a post-Eason's birthday celebration. Even though it wasn't a very long drive compared to past trips, the five hour drive was ambitious, all things considered. When we arrived Wednesday night we had dinner overlooking the falls and got to see the fireworks. On Thursday we got up early and headed to the Hornblower Niagara Wonder cruise. It was really misty and we got to see the falls up close. Then we walked over to Journey Behind The Falls. The tunnels were a bust, but the views from the side were gorgeous. After lunch we took the bus to the White Water Walk and Whirlpool Aero Car. More great views. Afterwards we went to dinner and played in the pool.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Rafting On The Delaware

We rented a white water raft from Silver Canoe and took it down the Delaware River. We spent more the five hours drifting down the river and floating in the water. We passed under the snake road. Occasionally we even went through some white water. It was a great day for rafting.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Another Day, Another Derby

As seems to always be the case lately we ran another Rye Derby with no practice. Even though Eason has been running track in school, none of us prepared at all for a 5k. Eason decided going in that he was going to take it easy. He finished in ~28 min, which is faster than our last derby, but a couple of minutes slower than our last 5k. I ran with Andrea, and I was really proud of her. She was having a really hard time, but she never stopped and was able to sprint at the end. We came in at 36:14, which was a major improvement for her. Aviva also improved. Afterwards we had some fun at the post-derby festival.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Andrea's 9th Birthday Party

We celebrated Andrea's birthday early. First we went to Sportime USA to play lazer tag, and ride the bumper cars and other rides. Then we went to lunch at The Cabin Restaurant. Then we went to see The Jungle Book. We had been reading the book, so we had lots to discuss afterwards. She said it was a great day.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Guardians Of The Flame

Eason and I finished reading The Guardians of the Flame, a series of 10 books by Joel Rosenberg. I read most of the series as a kid, but I never finished it. It was one of my favorites, and when we started reading it at the bungalow back in the summer of 2014 I still loved it.

While the stories are clearly fantasy, the content is handled very realistically as the main characters are college students who participate in a fantasy role-playing game, and are magically transported to the world of the game by their gamemaster. It sounds like a silly premise, but it is handled very well. The books were quite mature, with a lot of profanity and dealing with issues like slavery and rape and disability and death, and I had some concerns about reading it with Eason, but in retrospect I do not think it was inappropriate.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Last Day in Costa Rica

We spent our last day in Costa Rica doing arts and crafts in Harry's tool shop and Emily's art studio. Of course we also ate and played games together.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Hiking In San Antonio, Costa Rica

We went hiking in San Antonio, Costa Rica. Isa took us all the way up to the magic tree.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Swimming And Eating In Escazu

We went to the El Country country club to workout and afterwards we played in the pool. That night we had a great steak dinner at Doris Metropolitan.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Goodbye Esterillos Oeste, Happy Birthday Harry

We had to say goodbye to Casa Sirena and Esterillos Oeste and head back to Escazu for Harry's birthday party. Before the party Isa and Harrison put on a judo demonstration for the family. After dinner Harry opened presents. Then the music started and people were dancing when a mariachi band arrived and played of all of us.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Playing On The Beach At Esterillos Oeste

On our second day in Esterillos Oeste we really enjoyed playing on the beach. More family arrived and it was even more fun. This is what Eason wrote in their guestbook:

Please do not sell this wonderful home. I hope that you have the chance to enjoy everything you gave us many times over. This beach is probably the best tropical beach on earth. The sand is soft, the water is warm, the waves are gigantic, the forest is behind you, and there is a beautiful sunset. At this amazing house, with colorful walls and lots of space, I transformed from waking up at 6:00 to waking up 7:15. I am happy about that because I can say that I that I am much more relaxed. Somehow I was able to have a lot of fun outside, try new foods, play new games, and talk with 18 good friends. Eason Kamander

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