The pink line indicates the approx. routes I followed during the 10 days I spent on the motorcycle tour of the countryside. La Sabana Metropolitan Park, San Jose The ponds in La Sabana Metropolitan Park, San Jose. La Sabana Metropolitan Park, San Jose La Sabana Metropolitan Park, San Jose The old National Stadium, northwest corner of La Sabana Metropolitan Park, San Jose The old National stadium in La Sabana Metropolitan Park in San Jose. It was torn down in 2008 and replaced with the new National Stadium, which opened in 2011. In La Sabana Metropolitan Park, San Jose About 20 km east of the Pacific Ocean, this pullout was the first chance I had to stop after crossing the mountains mid-day, during which time it rained the entire 3 hours. Even with my rain gear on, everything underneath got soaked. Beautiful country side view at that same pullout east of Dominical. Beautiful country side view at that same pullout east of Dominical. At a beachside park used by the local population, a few miles south of Dominical. At a beachside park used by the local population, a few miles south of Dominical. At a beachside park used by the local population, a few miles south of Dominical. This road follows the Pacific coast for a ways south of Dominical, then cuts across the land to the Panama Border crossing about 100km south of here. This is as far south as I went in Costa Rica On the South of Jaco Pacific Ocean, south of Jaco (same location as Rocky Coast picture). Beautiful tree at a pullout where I was taking a short break while on my way to the Poas Volcano. Mt. Arenal is active. At night while eating dinner at the nearby restaurant everyone is treated to what can only be described as a fascinating show as the lave pours down the sides of this most beautiful cone.

Costa Rica June 2003

June 27, 2012  by RJMS  •  Costa Rica

 

In late 2002 I was invited to travel to San Jose, Costa Rica by Manuel Arce, Executive Director of the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano (CCCN), and we scheduled it for the second week of June of 2003.  The University where I work had been sending former students and faculty there for several years under a program Manuel had begun which sought to bring artists from around the world to his town to share their knowledge with Costa Ricans.

It was requested that I conduct workshops on Lighting and Projection Design to local lighting professionals, to train the Technical Director of the theatre at the Center on his new lighting control desk, and to prepare a list of suggested equipment upgrades for the facility.

I decided to take advantage of the trip to spend some time exploring the country on my own. I purchased a motorcycle rental package that provided me with a 650cc bike, maps, and 11 days of rooms pre-booked at hotels, resorts, and B & B’s around the country.  The day after I had completed the classes/consults I picked up the bike at the rental company in San Jose and at 10 am on a Friday morning I began my trip. It was the rainy season, and I had already been educated about that and brought my rainsuit along with my normal riding gear. But more about that later.