Saturday, March 10, 2012

Yoga and Piggie In Paradise

Dancer in the sunset

This is the last post on Costa Rica, then it's time for some recipe action!

Remember the long beach walk I went on to see Lola the piggie? Well, I just HAD to take J there to see it for himself - and of course to enjoy a 3 hour beach walk to get there, and have a delicious lunch upon arrival (had the Ahi tuna salad again). I had a strategy this time to make the walk more comfortable for us: running shoes! While about 2/3 of the walk is on the sandy beach, the rest is big rocks and there's no avoiding them. The first time I did the walk I attempted to go bare feet before finally giving in and putting on my flimsy sandals. J and I ventured out in our swim wear under the brilliant blue sky and hot sun beating down on us. We were fully prepared with a backpack full of water, fruit, runners, shorts, sunscreen, towel, camera, and sandals.

We stopped halfway along at this point for a snack break.

Aren't these the coolest tables and chairs??

Just as we could see our final destination down the beach, we stopped to take a swim here. The water never felt so good.

Finally, like two lost desert souls who hadn't eaten or drank in weeks, we arrived at Lola's restaurant. People almost don't believe when we told them we walked from Tamarindo. We took a $40 cab ride back to town. Due to the tide rising, it would be impossible to walk back (nor could I stand another 3 hours walking in the heat and sun). The outdoor restaurant is poked back among the trees.


Lola was nowhere to be seen when we arrived at the restaurant. We asked the waiter and he didn't know either (Lola comes and goes as she pleases). When J was in the bathroom he said he heard some grunting and came out to see her out back eating her compost. Imagine not knowing a pig was on site and hearing that while you're on the toilet?! lol. She did end up wandering around us, but we didn't get a very good shot. If the truth be told, I was so hot and tired from the walk that I didn't feel like running after her to catch pics. She was a dirty piggie that day!

We both tried surfing for the first time and got a lot out of our private 2 hour lesson instructed a local guy who had super crappy boards for us. We absolutely loved it! As I suspected, J was amazing at it since he's a snowboarder. I, on the other hand, wasn't sure how I'd fare. Surprisingly I did quite well and got up on the board easily. I'm guessing it's because I have good balance from yoga.

Here's my boy riding a wave!

Isn't the water stunning? I can never get enough of the ocean :)

For our second last sunset we decided to venture to another area of the beach. Naturally, we got some lovely shots of the sun going to sleep and we filmed it too.

I love these 2 pics so much. They look surreal.

I also decided to strike a few yoga poses in this beautifully inspiring spot.




And one more sunset picture for good measure. I hope I've convinced you to visit Costa Rica for a tropical getaway!

It was a magical and romantic vacation that I'm grateful for and will remember forever :)

6 comments:

pure2raw twins said...

wow! love all the pictures, especially of you doing those yoga poses!!! you make them all look so easy :)
we better get practicing!!!
HUGS
L&M

pureglow*16 said...

you look so pretty in all those pictures!! love your yoga poses!

Elizabeth said...

I love that piggy!
Your photos are so lovely--what great memories you will have.
Peace and Raw Health,
Elizabeth

The Annessa Family said...

LOVE your yoga pictures, stunning!

Brooke
www.MarvelousLoveBlog.com

Heather Pace said...

Thanks gals! I sure love yoga! Glad you got a kick outta piggy just as much as I did :)

Anonymous said...

Heather, those yoga pictures are beautiful! You should send them in to Yoga Journal. On the last page, they always have the "Yoga Scene," and one of your photos would look lovely there.

Jen in TX