Although momentous, loading day was fairly un-eventful, just the way you want it to be. It was a bit emotional to see each of our homes stuffed away into dark containers. One by one we went from overlanders to backpackers, standing next to our small piles of essentials looking just a little lost without our rigs.
I don’t think we wanted to like Costa Rica. Despite it being a wonderland of beaches, wildlife, and mountains, we thought it seemed like a tourist trap. We knew people who had spent months of their trip in this small country and we also knew that it was one of the most expensive countries we would encounter. But after getting out of the big city of San Jose and started to really explore the country we couldn’t help but like it.
The theme of our time between Guatemala and Costa Rica before flying home was taking time to meet up with other overlanders. People we’d met earlier in our travels, and those we’d only met online. Only a few hours after landing in Costa Rica this trend continued when Okan, Donna, and Indigo of Driven to Wander surprised us at our hotel breakfast.
We felt bad for not sharing the same excitement others would show when we explained we were headed to Costa Rica. Of course we appreciate the gift we’ve been given in our life with this opportunity, but stereotypically rainy Portland is smack in the middle of beautiful fall weather, while all of Central America is deep into rainy season. More than the weather though, we were apprehensive about the looming adventures in bureaucracy in store for us.