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!
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!
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 ✅
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!
It’s Friday, October 6, 2017 and the morning sky is blue and beautiful! I know the clouds and some rain will come later, as they do almost every day during this time, but I will enjoy the beauty while we have it. It is day 37 of our new life in CR, and we survived … More What a Storm!
I was chatting with my girlfriend, Sheree, back home, and she asked what a typical day is like here. Well we are only on week two, and since I don’t have to get up for work, it’s whatever I like. We get up around 6:30, which is 5:30 back home. It’s light out and … More What’s a typical Day?
The time had finally come to put the wheels in motion! Between June 10th and July 29th, we had two garage sales and many trips to Charity to empty our home. Since we were only taking several suitcases, everything had to go. I really hated having the garage sales, but I did love seeing some … More The Schauer Pack’s move to Costa Rica was a success!
Two weeks from today we fly to our new home of Costa Rica. It’s my 49th birthday today! I sit listening to music on my laptop in my mom’s backyard, at the house I grew up, enjoying the sun to take away the chill of the morning. I have decided that today I will sit … More You Say It’s Your Birthday!!
Have you ever made a huge decision that will affect your entire life? At the beginning of 2016, after another chilly winter, (yes I realize we live in sunny California), the Schauer Pack made just that kind of decision. After our third trip to Costa Rica in February 2015, we decided that we wanted to … More We’re leaving the Country?! WHAT?!!