We promised to take our grandchildren on a memorable trip with us. Their parents were not invited. We wanted this to be a trip (we hoped) they’d remember the rest of their lives.
We gave the trips with our grandchildren considerable thought over the years. The destinations needed to be one their parents were not likely to take them to. The activities should spark their interest, but we also wanted to open up new horizons for them.
Now the time had come for the younger cousins, Camden and Nick, to accompany us on their own trip. We quizzed them about their interests and made the momentous decision:
We knew it would be a great trip for the boys. And on this adventure, we grandparents wanted reinforcements. Our son, Joshua, mentioned if we needed help, he and partner, Tanya, would be happy to join us. Yes! We knew the boys would be delighted to have their wonderful uncle and aunt join us for the trip. In addition, we knew we could count on the expert guides from our lodge to help us see animals, birds and bugs.
Everyone spent the short flight taking in the scenery below, and excitement grew when the Gulfo Dulce came into sight and we flew over the heavily wooded Osa Peninsula. The plane landed on an airstrip at Drake Bay on the Pacific coast.
We were met by our driver from La Paloma Lodge. The 4-wheel drive vehicle took off through the forest, dropping down into and crossing 2 rivers. (That was exciting!) The vehicle stopped at a beach where a little boat awaited us.
After two years of planning, we had arrived!
Tanya turned to us and said, “This is the trip of a lifetime.”
We hope in time our grandsons will think so, too.