Highlights from My Trip to Costa Rica

After two weeks of traveling through Costa Rica and having family in town, I’m now back to a regular routine — which means I’ll resume my regular blog schedule. My trip to Costa Rica, which I took with five of my close college friends, was one of the best trips I’ve taken. We went to Monteverde, Tamarindo, San Jose and Miravalles, among other places. Here are a few photos from the trip …

Went on a mini hike to a beautiful waterfall near Miravalles Volcano.
Went on a mini hike to a beautiful waterfall near Miravalles Volcano.
Us getting ready to swim near the waterfall.
Us getting ready to swim near the waterfall.
Just before doing a canopy tour and zip-lining in Monteverde. Seeing as I'm afraid of heights, I was a little worried about the canopy tours, which include a Tarzan Swing, a 50-foot rappel and a "Superman" zip-line. Ended up loving it. Soared 263 feet above a forest canopy and said goodbye to fear.
Just before doing a canopy tour and zip-lining in Monteverde. Seeing as I'm afraid of heights, I was a little worried about the canopy tours, which include a Tarzan Swing, a 50-foot rappel and a "Superman" zip-line. Ended up loving it. Soared 263 feet above a forest canopy and said goodbye to fear.
Zip-lining crew.
Zip-lining crew.
My friend Colleen and I did our fair share of cartwheeling, running and skipping along the beach.
My friend Colleen and I did our fair share of cartwheeling, running and skipping along the beach.
Friends. We were at a restaurant in downtown Tamarindo called FT's. Served delicious Casados here. Casados come with rice, beans, fried plantains and your choice of meat or veggies. Yum.
Friends. We were at a restaurant in downtown Tamarindo called FT's. Served delicious Casados here. Casados come with rice, beans, fried plantains and your choice of meat or veggies. Yum.
Three-quarters of our college crew, FBW. Fun before work (FBW) was our college motto. Always served as a reminder that we had to find time for fun amidst all the papers, exams, etc. ... Photo taken on our last night just before sunset on la playa Tamarindo. Did I mention how much I love my friends?
Three-quarters of our college crew, FBW. Fun before work (FBW) was our college motto. Always served as a reminder that we had to find time for fun amidst all the papers, exams, etc. ... Photo taken on our last night just before sunset on la playa Tamarindo. Did I mention how much I love my friends?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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