so here's what i decided.
a break-up is going to be our best option.
i'm going to separate all these events so as to not overwhelm the trash out of you.
there's a mound.
it's been a happening time in Costa Rica.
we went to efy. for big kids. no, we weren't counselors. it was literally for us.
it was ridiculously fun!
we stayed at this school in Guapiles friday-sunday...
...and slept on COTS (these things are GENIUS! can i have one for forever, like now please?!) in classrooms! super fun.
viva our group.
while at the campamento we did all the normal efy things. including but not limited to...
sports. duh. games. of course.
inspiring, uplifting, edifying classes. clarooooooo!
(here we are identifying christlike attributes in the scriptures. not even touching the surface!)
we made these cute little banquitos or little chairs for kids in orphanages around the country. not only was it fun and simple, but they turned out super cute!
final producto. ready to go.
dancing! we're doing the efy counselors dance and a couple others that we learned.
we had a large fogata!
our group (was the best) let off this SICK balloon thing.
on saturday night we got all pretty and went, escorted, to a gala!
we had a banquet at a hotel and then had a huge dance...suuuuuuuper fun!
learning to dance like a latina has been such a riot for me. they sure do know how to dance! i have never been so sweaty nor have i had so much fun for so many hours straight before!
this was our goodbye party.
all that was good and fine and dandy...
...but my favorite part was strengthening my testimony of the Savior with such amazing people.
my mind sometimes gets blown by how close you can get to people in such a short time.
the campamento was a beautiful experience and we are soo glad we went. i loved it!
a few days later laura and i went white water river rafting--with permission! (we had to write a pleading email to our director at byu, but he totally conceded. hah! yes!!)
check out that waterfall!
it was...seriously? THE BEST. i absolutely fell in love with river rafting. can i please be a raft instructor like now? done. ah.
we got rained on, fell out, jumped in the river, went under waterfalls...you name it. it was a beautiful, watery, BLAST of a day!
and then we were transported to probably one of my favorite places yet--Puerto Viejo--on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.
on the way there we saw on friends in the trees... (monkeys. no big.)
and we spent the night in a dream of a resort on a beach. wow.
my sister and i used to want one of these so bad for our beds!
little did we know they were nets to keep bugs out.
but they SUPER EFFECTIVE! i testify! and i still would enjoy having one!
the vista from our deck...
where i spent a nice chunk of time reading some good old c.s. lewis. cash.
we got a free drink when we checked in. as we sat at the bar drinking freaking milkshakes but we realized it didn't look like an activity a latter-day saint should be participating in...so here i'm feelin sketchy.
in the morning we took a nice stroll through the jungle
for a run on the beach and some reading. best activities.
and then we got picked up to SEA KAYAKING. are you hearing me? kayaking in the CARIBBEAN OCEAN. (remember that just the day before i fell in love with the raft and paddle situation? best way to spend the following day!) it was heaven!
we kayaked in the ocean for awhile, and then we went up a freshwater river, just admiring the turtles and wildlife. ha ha. so calm and beautiful.
pipa! aka coconut. super rico.
(by the way, on the cruise this cost, what? $2? $4? Well, here they cost the equivalent of TWENTY CENTS. ha ha. wow.)
laura says this picture is the essence of me when i eat something i'm a huge fan of. ha ha.
i'm freaking out in this picture because it was seriously... sooooooooo good. cold cold cold ice cold coconut juice. then i scooped out the inside with my bare fingers and ate the flesh like a cavewoman.
after the kayaking in the ocean/river, we went on a jungle hike:
totally sitting on a tree root. GIGANTIC!
after our little hike, we saw this through the trees.
we came out right alongside the ocean.
too bad--cliff jumping wasn't part of the excursion. :(
pacho, our master guide.
(by the way, he told us he wants to go to california real bad. when i asked why he straight up told me for the marijuana. alrighty then.)
clay! i couldn't get over it!
got some caribbean food. ooooooooh yeah jamaican jerk chicken booooyah!
then we headed home...after yet another tropical beverage. starfruit. riiiico.
there are two of our latest adventures.
look at those smiles. we are SO HAPPY.
(and look at that banana split! NO WONDER! hahaha!)