Adventure stories, one at a time.

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This entry begins our new series of The Maria and Neil World Tour! We know how much all of you enjoy reading our entries so we apologize for the delay. Without further ado, the month of September!  


Our February began with Carnaval celebrations! 

If you’re Catholic then you’ve probably heard of the celebration that happens just before lent begins. New Orleans is known for their Mardi Gras Parades, but in Latin America it’s a little different and lasts for more than just one day. 

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We chose to visit Costa Rica in the Fall of 2017 in order to experience the rainy season. We had been there during other parts of the year but we’d heard that in some parts of the country the rainy season can be difficult to navigate. Many of the roads in Perez Zeledon are rocky, dirt roads and people told us they would wash out.  

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We’ve been to Costa Rica a half dozen times now, but today’s story will be about our third trip in 2017. Some of our work and finances had dwindled and Costa Rica is a great place to weather that storm, and it just so happened to be the rainy season!  

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7 states in 7 weeks, yeah that was amazing and exhausting at the same time. 


We had long been planning a train trip around the US and finally were able to make it happen.  

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We’ve always heard of the biodiversity and beauty in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, but we were always deterred by the distance to get us there. We found a property that peaked our interest and with our newly acquired car, nicknamed Chiky, we finally had a way down there so we decided it was time to go. 

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Just a few days after arriving in St Croix, a lady mentioned that she just got her vaccine. She said “You can too even though you’re visiting.” Well now it was on our mind! 

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During our first few days in Billings, we got a bunch of recommendations of nearby places to see. On that list was Red Lodge, MT, a cute little mountain town about an hour drive away. Sounded like just the place for us to spend our "gap weekend" between our two AirBnB reservations!