I haven’t even unpacked and I’m ready to go back for more

Just back from a week at Casa Escondida doing some much needed updating and maintenance. It’s amazing how much care a home in the tropics really takes.  Between fighting the ever encroaching jungle, trying to deal with unpredictable municipal water supply and looking for light bulbs I had a busy week.  I swear I spent an entire day trying to find a light bulb that would fit our kitchen island lights.   Never thought I would miss Home Depot.  When we embarked on this adventure of building a home in one of the most beautiful places in the world I don’t think Travis or I  really contemplated the mundane issues of care and maintenance.    Well now we know that no matter where your house is, or whether or not you live there year round, it still needs constant care.  Lesson learned.  I can’t wait more than a year between my visits.  Oh well, I guess I will just have to go to Costa Rica more often.  There could certainly be worse things 🙂

Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. My friends Zach, Natazha, Brian and Groover all happened to be in town at the same time and we had a chance to catch up over a couple of wonderful meals and have two great sunset surf sessions together.  Between Brian and Zach  I had several long conversations about the intricacies of life in the tropics and they gave me tons of valuable information about taking care of things in Costa Rica.  Information and lessons that they have learned from 14 years of running and maintaining the amazing School of the World in Jaco.  Thanks guys!  You both are invaluable and SOTW is more than partially responsible for inspiring Casa Escondida.  I also met two more new friends, Andy and Patton.  It was nice to put faces to the stories that Zach and Brian have been telling me for years.   I am jealous that they have several more weeks in Costa, but I am sure that we will all get a chance to surf together very soon.  And I have to say to all of my friends that I didn’t get a chance to see while I was down there.  See you soon!

I think I know what man must have felt like when he made fire for the first time. Now we don't have to depend on the municipal water supply anymore.

I mentioned earlier the unpredictable municipal water supply.  A quick story about the “municipal” water supply in Calle Hermosa.  That’s what they call it anyways, but I am convinced that if I followed our supply line to its source I would find a 6″ pvc pipe stuck into a river somewhere.  I only say this because when it rains here,  which happens pretty frequently in the rainy season, our water turns to mud.  Orange runny mud.  It makes for an interesting shower experience for sure.  One of the biggest accomplishments of my trip though was to install a 400 gallon rainwater cistern at the house.  Now when the municipal water gets funky we can plug in our pump, turn off the water supply from the street and we have clean rainwater everywhere in the house.  We don’t drink water from the municipality anyways, so there is no change in our drinking habits.  Now we can take a shower and actually come out clean.  Building the cistern is the first step to eventually making Casa Escondida completely off grid.  I hope some day to get a solar-powered pump for the cistern and add some solar panels to the roof  too.  “Poco a poco” as our caretaker Ricardo is so fond of saying.

Well the adventure continues and I hope that many more of you get to experience Casa Escondida first hand.  It is such a wonderful, exciting and sometimes even perplexing experience to explore new places and cultures.  Pura vida.

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Casa escondida has space available until June 19th

Sunset at Playa Hermosa

I realize that this is pretty last minute for most folks, but if you’re feeling the urge to kick back on the beach and sip some cold Imperials.  Now would be a perfect time to use some of the those Skymiles  and fly to Costa Rica.    Go surf, snorkel, explore the jungle and get a head start on your summer tan!  For those of you that have the flexibility I am offering the place for 50 bucks a night for stays from now until June 19, 2011.

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“Like” Casa Escondida

Big dudes in a little car head to the beach!

You are one step closer to a free night in Paradise.  How? First, “Like” us and we will give you one night free at Casa Escondida in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. Then, Book a minimum 3 night stay at Casa Escondida and you get to stay four nights. Simple, huh?

Plus, if you recommend our house to someone that is looking for a vacation rental in Costa Rica and they book a minimum stay with us, you will receive a free night for your future vacation. Please tell your friends to mention your name when they begin the booking process.  Yes, you can accrue multiple nights for multiple referrals. Please visit our website for more info about Casa Escondida www.casaescondida.wordpress.com

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Today is the last day to book at “the finally ready rate”

Hey Everyone!  Today is the last chance to book Casa Escondida at $45 per night.  After today we will go back to our regular rate of $70 per night.  Get in touch if you are interested.  Thanks!

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It’s Finally Ready Update

Thanks so much for all the positive feedback about our house!  We are really happy with the results of our efforts and everyone who has stayed there has been thrilled with the house and their experience in Costa Rica.  This is just a quick reminder that there is only one week left to reserve your space at the “finally ready” rate of $45 per night for one week, or $35 per night for two weeks.    If you have any questions about Costa Rica please get in touch with me and I will try to answer all your questions and point you in the right direction.

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It’s finally ready!

The dream is finally a reality!  As many of you know, a couple years ago my buddy Travis and I began chasing the dream of building a surf shack in Costa Rica.   Now after three years of intermittent work, lot’s of surf, colossal efforts from Ricardo(our amazing caretaker), our families and many of you,  Casa Escondia has finally come together and we’re ready to share.  Please take a minute to check out our website and give us some feedback.   Also, if you, or anyone you know is looking for a place to rent for their vacation in paradise  Casa Escondida is available.  If some of you have been thinking about making a trip to Costa maybe this will spur you on.   For the next two weeks we are offering the house for $45 per night.  If you book a trip before March 21st for anytime in the next twelve months, we will give you this deal for the first week, if you want it for longer we will drop the rate to $35 per night.  If you want it for even longer, or want to ask us some questions, drop us line.  http://www.casaescondida.wordpress.com

Pura Vida!

Casa Escondida

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Kim heading in for a swim

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At sunset everyone heads to the beach to watch the amazing show!

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Playa Hermosa

The beach close to home

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