Mel, World’s Best Bartender!

Posted on May 2, 2016 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM10 Comments Mel, World’s Best Bartender My neighbor in Capitola, Antonio, is an antiques expert. He knows about furniture, vintage crystal, and collectibles. Me? Not so much. I hear the name Waterford and I think I have valuable crystal. In fact, I used to make […]

Boulders, Butterflies, and The Waterfall

Posted on April 7, 2016 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COMLeave a comment Christina at the Waterfall       I did not care if we found the waterfall any more. I did not care if we found the group any more. I agree with Lea – I’m hot, I’m tired, and hungry. And […]

Expect the Unexpected

Posted on March 28, 2016 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM3 Comments As we landed in Puerto Vallarta, I looked out the window and saw the swaying palm trees. My heart soared! Swaying palm trees equals hot, sultry weather, right? Not always, as it turned out. There were seven of us traveling together on […]

Yelapa – Forty Years Later

My soul was sapped, my spirit was drooping, and the vibrant colors of my being were fading. The events of the past year or so had finally caught up with me – the abandonment in Costa Rica, the betrayal of a sister-friend who left me holding a large credit card […]

Marissa Jean Shows Auntie Around L.A.!

Marissa Jean grew up! My shy, quiet, little niece is now a take-charge young woman and I could not be more proud. We made arrangements for a visit since we were within striking distance – me in Green Valley Lake; her in Los Angeles. So, my place or yours? As […]

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane… Maybe! 3

I was packed and ready to fly. I had spent days preparing for the airline reunion in Atlanta – a gathering of “Stewardesses of the 1960’s and 70’s.” Yes, there is such a group! In fact we have over 7,000 members! Nancy Duke, the organizer of this “first annual,” had […]


Poco Cielo

Divine “Staycation” in Atenas 26

What, you ask, is a staycation?! Why, it’s a vacation you take in your very own town. Technically, you stay in your own home, so I’m stretching the definition. Due to my husband’s grueling work schedule, we endure long periods of separation. Reunions often are dedicated to getting domestic situations […]

Live Maine Lobsters in Costa Rica? 19

Four fat lobsters slipped by border patrol with claws clacking and tails flapping inside their Styrofoam container. Tyler and Colette were coming from San Francisco to visit Mom and hubby, Donny K, in Atenas, Costa Rica by way of Maine. They had planned it well in advance, knowing they had a wedding […]