And Then There Were Five

We hit the beaches near Quepos and Manual Antonio with the whole gang. Because it is the rainy season, there are daily storms and we’ve been getting wet daily. It’s still pretty easy to wait for the few hours of sunshine and go have lots of fun.

We said goodbye to Dan and Doug, who headed out early for the Osa Peninsula, while we left with Bree and Ray for the Nicoya Peninsula. After one more great monkey encounter, we headed out towards Puntarenas and the ferry. On the way, we stopped to check out the crocodiles. About 50 feet away were some very trusting deer.

Although Dan’s brother Ed had called that morning to verify the ferry times, they managed to lose a ferry and we had to wait around Puntarenas. Bree and Ray got to experience sitting around a slightly seedy port town for a few hours – good vacation memories. Of course, we all managed just fine, but it put us on southern Nicoya in the dark. Not the best place to bend the driving at night rule.

Most of the roads at the end of the peninsula are dirt and mud, but we eventually made it to the tiny bohemian town of Montezuma. We found a great place a block off the beach, but hidden under the jungle canopy.

Also, We just had an article about our little adventure published in South Africa. If you found us after reading the Volkswagen of South Africa magazine, then welcome!

Everyone else can read the article here or here (link on the lower right.) Apologies for the Queen’s English!

And, if anyone can suggest a good (sane) driving route from, say, Cape Town to Casablanca – we’re, um, interested.

We just had an article about our adventure
published in South Africa. Apologies for the Queen’s English! you can read it here:


on the right

We just had an article about our adventure

published in South Africa. Apologies for the Queen’s English! you can read it here:




on the right)


5 thoughts on “And Then There Were Five

  • August 18, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Greetings to the group.

    Congrats on the press coverage. Pretty impressive. It is good to see a picture of the three of you. We are working on our post trip slideshow and we realize that we did not take enough pictures of the three of us…

    Happy trails…
    The group

    PS: I just came in from mowing the lawn. I’d rather be driving my van…

  • August 18, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    There was a group of Airstream Owners, lead by Airstream Founder Wally Byam, who did a caravan from Capetown to Cairo in 1959. Here is a link to some of the memorabilia and memories of that trip:

    There was also a book published about this trip – “Capetown to Cairo” by Lille Douglass. Now long out of print, but available through interlibrary loan back here in the US.

    A group proposed recreating the trip in 2009 for the 50th Anniversary, but it never took place.

    There are also some interviews on YouTube with PeeWee Schawmborn who was an advance scout for the group and Wally’s nephew.


  • August 18, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Great article, great writing, great pictures!

    I’ve been to Casablanca, but not Cairo. Sounds like a cool trip.

  • August 19, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    Hi there , South African here, if you do that trip you’ve got to go thro’ Mozambique and Uganda…Botswana’s pretty beautiful as well…umm then there’s Tanzania, Kenya …damn too many to mention. Enjoy the day.

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