One GoPro, one Canon EOS Rebel (circa 1993), one Canon Rebel digital, one iPhone, three throw aways and 931 pictures later, our Make-A-Wish trip pictures to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
Two Zip lines tours (totaling 25 zip lines, two repels, and one Tarzan swing) , horseback rides, hiking, Jilly's birthday, waterfall jumping, beach and pool and frogs and butterflies, and of course the main reason we went-monkeys. And we did see them. Everyday.
The second day of 7 we took a journey across the street from our hotel to a wildlife sanctuary and butterfly garden. While walking back across a bridge, we were inundated with a troop of about 20 squirrel monkeys. We were alone with them, while they frolicked practically on our shoulders, even a handful of moms and their adorable babes. For at least 15 minutes straight we watched in awe and giddiness at the cutest monkeys ever. A young man came up on the bridge with us and watched in awe as well. We shared a few words and then he went on his way.
The following day, we had our first "excursion" and our guide just happened to be the same young man from the bridge the day before. Emilio (as pictured in some photographs) took to our family immediately, and vice versa. As we all found our places in the Land Rover, Emilio asked us all questions about our names and where we were from and what we did. A few minutes later he turned to me and asked what had brought us to Costa Rica. I felt compelled to tell him Sephine's story and her wish to see her favorite animal. As I am explaining, his eyes are welling up with tears and I can tell he is moved. I expect him to say something different than what he does in response. At this point, my eyes are getting wet as he says to me in his broken english…"I have been here 3 months, in this town, and I have never seen those monkeys that we saw yesterday."
And this was just the beginning of the adventure….