Vacation versus Adventure

There is a difference you know. Some people opt for resorts and cruises for vacation. Some pick a place and plan it day by day. If you want to relax and be pampered, I get it... I kinda think on the other spectrum and wing it like I do daily life. 

Day one was spent acquiring a rental truck. Discovering water holes to jump into, butterfly conservatories, natural hot springs that were funneled by the volcano, and the volcano that was clouded by well, clouds...

 

The Journey of My HEART. Next stop, COSTA RICA!

Heres a story about adventure. It all started with one question. The question was simple. Do you want to go to Costa Rica? The answer...how fast can I get my passport? Its always been on my list of places to go that I thought would happen someday. One day down the road. Someday happened sooner than expected. And the planning and intentions were set....

But the MAIN question was this:

What if I could photograph down there too. I have always wanted to change course with photography after the kids graduate high school. The plan has been simple. Leave for warmth. Preferably Central or South America. EXPLORE. Document. And barter. And learn spanish while being immmersed in it. I would love to photograph how people live, what they find value in, what they hold close to their hearts. 

Long story short. The ticket was purchased and on the wonderful worlf of fb lanb, I met Beth Anne. She lives in Grand Rapids and also shares her time in this tiny beach town called Punta Banco, Costa Rica. Beth houses a lodge and retreat set right by the jungle and ocean. A mother flippin paradise is what it sounded like. And wouldnt you know that Beth needed some photos of the lodge, and this retreat that was happening the week I would be there? I asked. She answered and all my photo dreams came true. Ok, not alllll..... But damn son! You can find the lodge and space here: http://casamareaalta.com/

Surf with Amigas were hosting a retreat and they would need some photos too, of surfing, yoga, lodge, and food. All the details... It was really hard to twist my arm and I did pinch myself.... REAL LIFE HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN.  Check out their site if you'd like to improve your surf game.... https://surfwithamigas.com/about/ 

 

Below is an image of my last morning here. Waking up early was easy here. But first let me tell you how I got all the way from the airport to here....

 Punta Banco

Punta Banco