In our quest for a new Schauer Pack adventure and possible retirement destination, we decided to check out the country of Panama. (Yes, I do hear Sammy Hagar every time I mention the name! Panama-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah!) We picked this country for the year round weather we are seeking to live one day. Although this is a … More Panama (ah! ah! ah!)
Hello Jack! After our travel plans changed to include the Caribbean side of Panama, we were on the search for a place to stay. Both of us like our quiet time, so staying on the most popular island of Bocas del Toro didn’t seem like our option. A big part of this area is referred … More Starfish Reef Resort, Panama
In February 2010 we took our first Costa Rican Schauer Pack adventure! Well, the two legged pack members did! Sorry, Klaus and Mac! We had read several good and bad stories, but something was calling my husband, Chris, to check it out. I wasn’t quite sold as fast as he was, but I warmed to … More Our First Costa Rican Adventure!
I absolutely love the eggs in Costa Rica! There is something about the taste. Back in the States, they use a different process which includes washing the eggs. This process removes the natural barrier that is hatched with the egg. The barrier is what keeps the bacteria out, so without it, the washed eggs need … More Cost of Living in the Southern Zone, Costa Rica – Eggs!!
You might be surprised to know, like the egg, Costa Rica does not refrigerate their milk. It’s just a difference in processing, which to the milk connoisseur, might have an effect on the taste, but since we only use it for coffee and cooking, we don’t notice a difference. Plus, the bonus is that we … More Cost of Living in the Southern Zone, Costa Rica – Milk, o en español, Leche!
Monday, January 22, 2018. Fantastic morning on the Sierpe River. I’ve heard great things about the mangrove and wildlife tours out of Sierpe, so with our good friends, we set out for the next Schauer Pack adventure! We headed out of Ojochal around 7:00 a.m. for our 8:30 tour. It only takes an hour to … More Sierpe Mangrove & Wildlife Tour
Our first three and half months have been full of rain and cloudy skies. Wonderful temperatures, but now the dry season is finally upon us. Today is a lovely 86 degrees, the most amazing blue skies, and with no humidity that I can feel! It’s a perfect day to venture out on a hunt for … More Cataratas!
Umm, yeah, they have roads! Funny how often I was asked about the roads and driving in Costa Rica. So I decided to do a little video of heading through the central valley to the west coast on the main highway. First of all, I will share the irony of moving away from traffic. The … More “Do they have roads?!”
When you come to Costa Rica, you enter on a 90 day tourist visa. So, if you choose to stay here longer, then you will need to do a border run every 90 days. Many people do this, but it is frowned upon if you live here permanently. If you are going to live here … More Panama Border Run #1 ✅
November 06, 2017 We decided to load up the pack and head out on a family adventure. Today’s destination, Puerto Jimenez!! This rustic town is located on the Osa Peninsula, in the Southern Pacific of Costa Rica. We started out of Ojochal around 8 in the morning for our 2.5 hour drive. Heading down the … More Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Headed north, just a little over an hour on the beautiful coastal highway, you will find a very busy town called Quepos. Here, they have a lot more services and shopping than we do in our little town of Ojochal, or the neighboring town of Uvita. Quepos is also the town you go through to … More Shopping in Quepos & Lunching at the Marina!
Today we went to visit the animal sanctuary in Dominical, which is about 25 minutes north of us. The sanctuary is located 700 meters off the Costaneras highway, or about ½ mile up a dirt road. Check in for the tour is located in the lobby of Villas Alturas. From the resort, we took a … More Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Villas Alturas, Dominical, Costa Rica
Today, we had our first experience with the vet. Our oh-so itchy big dog hasn’t had as much relief as I had hoped he would, by moving to a humid climate. We noticed that in addition to his obsessively itchy proboscis and feet, he started scratching at his ear. It also had a bad odor…so … More Off to the Vet we go!