While the capital at night is stunning, the ability of our government to get things done makes me sick. Much of our lifestyle is about spending weekends at our forest service cabin near Mt. Hood, but the program that makes that possible passed legislation many years ago that allows lease fees on cabins to increase way beyond their value. Why it passed and is now being implemented is a long story, but after six years of fighting it, many of the 14,000 cabin owners across the country are having to make some very difficult decisions about the future fate of their cabins. It is heartbreaking to read some of the stories of what people are going through right now!
And it does not have to be this way! For six years the National Forest Service Homeowners Association has been fighting to get our government to pass legislation that would be fair, budget neutral, and preserve the program for the future. But despite progress, the new legislation has not passed and now the real damage of the earlier legislation is being felt. We are lucky that it has not hit us as hard as of yet, but it likely will.
So the image today is really a call to action. I can’t just stand by and watch other families suffer. I must do something.
COSTA RICA DAY 10: COFFEE TOUR ON FINAL DAY
After a relaxing time high in the mountains, we checked out of our hotel and made our way back to San Jose to finish off the final day of our tour. It was another 2 1/2 hour trip with hairpin turns, no shock absorbers, and heavy traffic. But our driver was very nice and got us to our hotel close to the airport without issue. The afternoon was spent doing the famous Britt Coffee Tour. While a little hokey, we both learned some new things about coffee (did you know the coffee plant is a fruit?) and got to sample some of the local brew. As we headed back to our hotel a gorgeous sunset filled the sky, a fitting end to a great trip.
A few takeaways from our trip:
Costa Ricans are warm, friendly people that make the country special
Get used to rice, beans, and fried eggs with tomato sauce for breakfast
Although animals may be everywhere, seeing them is not so easy
Beds are hard, I mean really hard!
To see the country, expect hilly terrain whether by car or on foot
Volcanoes are one of the primary draws for tourists, but don’t expect to see any red-flowing lava
There are others, but for now I will close by saying “Pura Vida” which is the most popular saying in Costa Rica and means pure life – or simply enjoy life and be happy.