"Pura vida." Literally, it means "the pure life," but Costa Ricans use it to mean everything from "life is good" to "good luck," "cheers" to "no worries." On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I found myself embodying the phrase in all its meanings.
Sometimes we find diamonds in hidden places we want to keep them secret and not share. Then again, wonderful jewels kept in darkness never bring joy to anyone. I stumbled on two such nearly hidden jewels on my recent backroads trip in Western North Carolina.
I was scared to try white-water kayaking. Flat scared. I heard my Rogue River rafting/camping guide's somber warning about evacuations and was chilled. If I got hurt, it would not be a quick hop in an ambulance to a hospital.