Helping to “Farm Sit”: Finca Lilo, Costa Rica
Mahaley house-sits on a farm. E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm there are two dogs. E-I-E-I-O. With a “woof woof” here and a “woof woof” there… There must be some strangers on motorcycles coming up the road. Finca Lilo gave us a taste of the Costa Rican beauty the country is known for.
I met Mahaley many moons ago after hopping into her brother’s truck (uninvited) while stuck in traffic on the way to a music festival. He was alone at the time and looked bored. He was. This random act would begin a friendshipÂ that now spans all the way down to Costa Rica.
The ride to Mahaley’s farm-sit involved directions the old school way: “ride until you see tires in a tree, turn left there”. The GPS didn’t think we were on roads. Before we got to no roads, we took the #2 highway through a high mountain pass after leaving San Jose.
Once we got off the windy foggy highway, Jayne didn’t love the gravel road especially the loose-rocked downhill parts, but she managed pretty well.
The ride was well worth it. The barking dogs were protecting an incredibly beautiful place.
Mahaley was dog/farm sitting while the owners were away. She cooked for the workers, milked goats, watered the vegetables and practiced her spanish all while keeping the puppies happy and fed. Timing worked out that we were able to visit, and our time at Finca Lilo was fantastic.
It’s hidden away in the south of Costa Rica, inland near the Panama border. There is absolutely nothing to “do” there! We walked around the farm, checked out the waterfall, and played with the dogs. It was just chill out, read, write blog posts, bake, make cheese and chat while drinking rum. Nothing is great!
To fill our days, we did lots of eating, and eating related activities:
Ok, that’s far more than enough food related pictures. What is this, Facebook?
When we weren’t doing eating related activities, we were reading writing or playing cards. Even taught Mahaley how to do the “riffle shuffle“!
So we didn’t do lots; and yet we were always busy. It was a great stay. Before we left, Mahaley joined in for a travel workout.
I’ve found that my fitness has dropped a bit on this trip. Riding a motorcycle for hours then eating for four days straight on a farm doesn’t help. But in general this trip hasn’t been as ultimate frisbee or other sport filled as I had envisioned. A while back I set out to change this by doing short 5-10 minute workouts whenever I find myself staying somewhere with a shower. Riding for hours after a workout without said shower doesn’t bode well for whoever meets me at the next stop. I’ve thus dubbed these exercise sessions my “shower workouts”. People keep giggling when I tell them that, and few join in. Wierdos.
It was a fantastic stay at Finca Lilo with Mahaley. We’re so glad she happened to be “farm sitting” while we were passing through Costa Rica. The days were sunny and relaxed and the nights provided light shows as storms rolled in.
Sadly our four days at the finca were all over too soon, and after I tripped on the dog while trying to take a jumping picture, it was time to go.
Back to “Chepe” we went, this time to stay with Rolo. We traveled, surprisingly, on our motorcycles. Here are some photos of that happening.