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 Another perfect January


Community friends traveled to the finca for the better part of January a couple of years ago and experienced along with their guests and visitors, many exciting events. The big news was that the solar panels were wired to the submersible pump and 30 seconds after flipping the switch, the 150 foot deep well began pumping crystal clear mountain water. The truly exhilarating part was that all the power was generated by the sun, and to everyone’s delight the pumping even continued when clouds covered the sky (even without the backup batteries being hooked up).



A few days later, we were able to get the water pumping all the way up to the highest point on the finca, and into the 1,800 gallon water tank. This is great news, as it will enable the workers to begin watering all recently planted fruit trees and coffee bushes during the dry season.

Other milestones included the final four corner surveying for all lots, the beginning of the fence installation on the east side of the property, and the start of the stone walls on either side of the entry gate. Plans for the remainder of January and February include: A natural stone wall well cover and winch for the pump, an overhang extension for the workshop area that will enable work to be done in the shade, a shed to cover/shade the partially buried water tank, and additional water lines to be installed throughout the finca to the various lot locations. The creation of an additional parking area below the ridge lots and the leveling of the ground surrounding the workshop area are also planned, as is staging of the excess soil to later form retaining walls for a drainage area that will provide for cascading ponds for freshwater shrimp and bass.

The finca was bursting with color and the skies and ocean were the deepest blue for most of the trip, and several forays were made with different groups to tour the various falls and swim holes. Some cattle escaped from a neighbor’s fence and made their way onto our finca and a round up of sorts ensued with the help of Emelie, Ann, and Mark who were touring the property that day. Finca friend, Brad Baxter from Michigan stopped by for a few days with his daughter Katie, and ended up staying just up the street from the Benner’s rental house, and just a short walk up from Playa Carrillo (outstanding boogy boarding by the way)



Sunset picnic at the rancho

A picnic was held at the rancho one evening with twenty five gringos and ticos enjoying themselves with good food and music. The group included our friend and school teacher neighbor, Alberto and his daughter, as well Rudolfo and Antonio and their families. Ticos strummed on a guitar and several of our neighbors sang original songs well after the sun set.  La Roca restaurant provided their famous arroz y camorones, as well as some Imperial, and Darlene Coker did her usual awesome job of coordinating and hosting the event.

Another highlight was some fantastic fishing that that some of had with pending finca land owner, Scott Hartley and his friend Steve got into just a couple miles offshore of nearby Playa Garza… In a single day the boat landed twelve 8-10 lb. yellowfin tuna, a 40 lb amberjack, a 7 lb rock snapper, a 200 pound black marlin, a 300 lb. blue marlin, and two large sailfish – a “grand slam” and then some. The only blemish on the day occurred when Al was spotted eating a banana midway through the trip… The mate, Bill exclaimed “that’s a plantain, right?”.... then the boat broke into howls and laughter – Al was even told to “purge himself” !! (apparently, unknown to Al, bananas are thought to be very bad luck on fishing boats)… Al refused to believe this until minutes later he unexplainably lost two very large fish right at the boat….he has since vowed to never bring bananas on a boat again...

Deena Benner thoroughly enjoyed herself on the beach with her twin 21 month old boys (“soccer” with the ticos and splashing in the surf were a big hit) Emma and Hillary who came along to help out with the boys fell in love with Costa Rica, and “Tavo” the caretaker of the rental house was a big hit with the boys, as were the caged parrots (not) that imitated the local cat population beginning at 6 am.

Al and Kevin paid a visit to friend Howie Kramer at his mountain house that overlooks the finca from the mountaintop village of Zaragoza. Howie was treated to seared tuna for lunch for his 61st birthday, and Kevin stopped by a neighbor’s house to pick up a bag of freshly roasted, locally grown (in the backyard) coffee. Later that afternoon they also stopped up for a visit in Naranjal at the house of Rodolfo. Rodolfo and his dad, Vidal showed Kevin and Al all their fruit and nut trees, coffee and banana groves, and the friends left with hands full of fruit (tuna was later given to the family in return for their generosity, as they had also brought a bag of oranges to the fiesta and some homemade corn drink that unfortunately looked and tasted like pepto bismol). Rodolfo walks two hours down the mountain to work and two hours back up again each day…needless to say he and his dad are in excellent shape.

Rodolfo was a soccer star at his hometown until a knee injury cut his career short.

A very busy trip concluded on Sunday the 20th with us enjoying a relaxing and exhilarating experience – the zipline. Manu and John at Wingnuts in Samara do a great job, and the view of the area beaches from the tree tops and the surrounding wildlife are a “can’t miss” experience.

Finally, even with the lots now finally due to come out of the subdivision process in February, nine of the twenty four available have already been spoken for, with several more visitors due to tour the finca during February and March.

All in all a very exciting time to be a part of a very special project.




Emma, Katie and Hilary


Water pumped by the sun!

Side trips
 One of many yellow tuna Scott with 200lb Black Marlin prior to release  Scott with large Amberjack  Steve and a football
Nice Pacific Sailfish Blue Marlin  Owen and his Tico soccer buddy  Owen and Uncle Kevin
Owen and Tica friends  Owen and his German soccer buddy  Loading up at Hertz Our favorite watering hole and food - La Roca
Kevin relaxing  Deena and Coleman return from beach Playa Carrillo Deena boogy boarding at Playa Carrillo
Playa Samara at sunrise Lodge at Arenal  Wind farm above Lago Arenal  Playa Samara at sunrise
Playa Samara at sunrise Playa Samara  Playa San Juanilla Coconut and coffee
Village of Naranjal above the finca Kevin and nice Rock Snapper Playa Carrillo Deena & Coleman




Traffic jam on the road to Playa Buenavista where Mel Gibson just purchased his finca
Hunting for river shrimp
Looking up stream
Large Espavel - wild cashew tree
It takes a gringo to break a bandera
Good friends spend quality time
Brad and Katie visit the finca
Rio Frio with first set of falls in the background
Emma and Owen ready to hike the finca
Honey bees searching for a new home
Kevin and the Byrdenthals
Deena, Dar, Maya and Indira
Indira and baby
Maya, Indira and Deena
Sud Ram and Ben
Girls on a hike
Indira and children
Nature Girl!
Morning outing at North Falls
Finca shown to Ann, Emelie and Mark
Brad and Katie visit the finca
Rio Frio with first set of falls in the background
Indira and Sud Ram
Maya, Indira and Deena
Our hostess takes a break
Hillary interprets


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Located (near Playa Samara, Playa Carrillo, Playa Garza, Playa Buenavista, Playa Guiones, Playa Nosara, Playa Ostional, and Playa San Juanilla) on the Nicoya Peninsula overlooking  the Pacific coast of Costa Rica