I think this week’s Runaway was my very favorite so far.
We woke up Thursday morning, taking our time to get the house cleaned up and a lunch made, before we left our home for the entire day!!! We drove through many adorably picturesque towns and cities on our way to Turrialba.
Our first stop was a rather steep hike down to see “The 3 Waterfalls.” This property is privately owned, which made it actually really nice because it felt quaint and untouched in many aspects.
After the steep hike down to these beauties, it was so refreshing to just sit and relax for awhile, next to the waterfall, and enjoy the misty air. We had the entire place to ourselves, so we were in no rush to leave.
There was a tricky part to this hike that was necessary for us to be able to see all 3 waterfalls. It required us to cross the river with the help of a very strong wire.
Joy Boy mastered this crossing like a true local!
GingerSnap did it in her own unique way! Curly Cook found a strong walking stick and crossed the river in a different place, all on her own. But Paul was a true gentleman and helped his wife across the slippery rocks and log that acted as a make-shift bridge, while holding onto the wire at the same time. 😉
But the rewards were priceless!!
After our relaxing waterfall meditation treatment, we were getting hungry and decided hiked back up the steep climb, to have a picnic lunch by our parked car.
The views all around us were breathtakingly gorgeous! We enjoyed a lunch of peanut butter, butter, and jelly sandwiches (all except Paul – don’t butter his bread 😜). And we tried our best to ignore the most un-invited cat we have ever met.
After lunch we drove to Turrialba City. We stopped to visit with Paul’s friend Mr. Gringo! He lives on a gorgeous botanical garden. It reminded me of the Canal Zone in Panama City, Panama. We had a relaxing social distancing visit with him on his porch. On our way out, he recommended that we stop and get a treat on the way home – Turrialba Cheese Tortillas and Cajeta (sugar cane with powdered milk, flavorings and other yummy stuff added as it cools down) candy. They both were pretty tasty and made stop #3 for us!
But before we could go all the way back home we stopped once more, high up in the cloudy hills of Cartago City, to see Paul’s Cenada friend. He and his family grow strawberries for a living.
The evening was just starting to come, so the views all around us were spectacular. Paul’s friend took us on a tour of their fields and then he invited us to pick our own strawberries. The kids had a BLAST doing this!!! And I have to state that I know that being quarantined and restricted from being in public very often made this experience what it was! I have never seen such happy kids doing something that most would probably think is boring.
And boy oh boy did those freshly picked strawberries taste oh SO GOOD!!! As we left our final and last stop for the day, we imagined eating our freshly picked strawberries for dinner. We were hungry and we didn’t get home until pretty late. Thankfully it wasn’t too late, so we sat down and enjoyed a little bite to eat, along with our freshly washed strawberries. Yum! 🍓
I haven’t hurried to blog about this runaway trip, mainly so I could relish the moments we shared as much as I could. But tonight I relinquished control and decided that writing this memory down was a must! Because it would be a terrible waste to not remember how blessed we were on this day, especially after our week of carrying the “unknown” upon our backs.
We are still packing up each day, aiming to leave CR as soon as we can! Prayers would be appreciated.