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“Since time travel is not possible, photos are the next best thing. “ - Annie Bananie


Costa Rica Travels

Costa Rica was my 23rd country travelled and it’s in my top three of favourite places to be.  We Wild Camped along the Western coast and was mesmerized by our surroundings. Costa Rica has everything; mountains, ocean, waterfalls, lakes, rainforests, cloud forrests and an abundance of wildlife. The biodiversity alone puts one in awe.

 

We rented a 4 x 4 from Nomad America, a company run out of San Josee by two young guys called Fabio and Luis.  From the moment we inquired about a vehicle they were there, every step of the way to help us plan our trip and make the best choices for our travelling needs.   The vehicle itself was the best travelling decision and enhanced our trip by ten fold.  We rented a Toyota Prado which brought us down the western coast with a few stops along the way.  Our final destination being Matapalo on the edge of Corcovado National Park. 

"Our rig came with all camping equipment including the tent that folds and unfolds from the roof rack.  Fabio and Luis helped us navigate our plans and what we were looking for. Without this powerhouse of a vehicle it would have been difficult to navigate the roads and places we went. " 

"Our rig came with all camping equipment including the tent that folds and unfolds from the roof rack.  Fabio and Luis helped us navigate our plans and what we were looking for. Without this powerhouse of a vehicle it would have been difficult to navigate the roads and places we went. " 


Wild camping in a 4 x 4 is more of an expedition, than a vacation of relaxing in the sun.  It takes some grit to spend days outside in the heat.  One has to be comfortable with digging a hole to relieve oneself of bodily functions and be comfortable going without a shower.  To me this is heaven. Yes, there were moments when the heat got to me and I wished for a hot shower, and a porcelain bowl to defecate in. In my world that is all part of the experience that allows me to step down from my western throne where everything is at my disposal. This gives me an appreciation for the simple things in life.  Nature has a way of healing and no better way to reap her benefits by being right there with her amongst the trees and ocean.

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 We followed the western coast down to Puerto Jimenez and then Matapalo. On the way we stopped at Bowie's Point where the restaurant owner let us camp on his property in exchange for us eating in his restaurant.  We also had access to the bathrooms and an outdoor hose as a shower.  Dominical was our second stop and we stayed two nights on a quiet part of the beach and payed a hostel that was 800 metres away, 500 colones ($1.00 U.S.) to use their bathroom and shower.  Our next stop was Matapalo.  This was by far our favourite spot, we camped on the beach with the ocean waves, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, and whales.  Other than about 5 people on the beach at any given time, we were alone in the beauty of it all.  To get there we road through a rugged road, full of big pot holes, huge rocks and appreciated the high clearance that our trusty Prado gave us.  The road bumped and jostled us around, our camping gear jingled in the back and our laughter echoed in excitement. 

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Matapalo was wild camping at it's best  with no bathroom or shower.  In order to cool off we took a five minute hike to King Louis waterfall where we bathed in it's cool water pools (yes, we used biodegradable soap).  Often the sound of howler monkeys bounced off the trees, lizards skipped along rocks and butterflies flitted about.  Yes it was romantic, challenging, fun and I would do it all over again. 

 

Annie Boudreau - Taking Photos has Always Been Part of Who I Am

After much contemplation, I have changed my business name from Annie Bananie to Annie Boudreau.  It is very exciting to be signing my photographs with my given name..  I am proud of my Boudreau heritage and what it means to me.  To me it shows my Francophone, and Acadian routes.  

My father loved photography and I now carry his torch.  I have had a camera in my hands, since I was sixteen years old.  At the age of twenty,  I worked at the Zellers Photolab in Ottawa.  I developed film photos in one of those big Kodak machines.  Later, I travelled through South East Asia and took boxes upon boxes of film photography.  Once my children arrived they became my subjects and later my daycare children.   In these last two years, I have decided to take  my photography to the next level.  Armoured with my 5d Mark 11, I am giving photo sessions to expectant mothers, newborns, babies and families.  I am having the time of my life. I am learning so much and working hard, but it doesn't feel like work. It feels like joy. Every photoshoot makes me happy! Seriously, I love taking photos, and the process of delivering prints, and products of babies and families fulfills me.  

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