The Mallers in Costa Rica
April, 2000

From April 22 to April 30, 2000, Steve, Doreen, Max and Samuel Maller travelled to Costa Rica on a tour arranged by Thomson Family Adventures.

Here are a few of our photos from the trip. There may very well be more coming, as these are only the digital camera photos from our Nikon Coolpix 950.

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Sam and Steve wait to leave San Francisco

Max gets a few last Pokemon battles

We've arrived in Costa Rica, but alas, Samuel left "Blackie" (his beloved teddie bear) on the airplane. Our Costa Rican guide Nancy gave chase. Here you can see what happened!

A fascinating little seed pod that temporarily captures small flies in its jail-like cells, where they pollinate the seeds contained therein.

The famous poison arrow frog! Good find, Max!

The iguanas were almost as friendly as the Costa Rican people.

Henry, our friendly, intrepid and daring bus driver.

Nancy was our guide. She is an expert on the plants and animals of her native Costa Rica. We even got to sing her "Feliz Cumpleanos"!

Rafael Flores of McAllen, Texas joined us in our adventures. Max and Samuel thought "Rafa" was really cool because he knows all the words to every Disney movie song, and he's a real-live cowboy to boot!

Doreen showing her talents as a cinematographer shooting the howler monkeys on the Sarapiqui River.

Doreen once again photographing the family on the beach at Tamarindo.

The sunset sillouettes Doreen on the beach at Tamarindo.
Here are a couple of fun family shots from the cloud forest (left) and the Tamarindo beach (right).
Max, the water creature.
Samuel mugging and frolicking.

A tiny hermit crab scuttles away from my camera. This guy was all of about 3/4 inch long, including his borrowed shell.

A caiman lies in wait on the Sarapiqui riverbank. This one was about 3 1/2 feet long.

This little salamander was on the doorstep of our hotel room. He was about 1 1/2 inches long.

Howler monkeys in a tree over our boat on the Sarapiqui river.

Volcan Arenal, which we were lucky enough to see in broad daylight, and to see (sort of) erupting while we were eating dinner in the Tabacon Lodge.

Sunset, and another vacation is lovingly etched in our family's memories...

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