After a very restful night and a delicious breakfast we were picked up at our hotel for our first adventure of the trip; White Water River Rafting! I was very excited for this outing. We were going to be going down Level 3 and Level 4 Rapids (the highest rating possible being a Level 5)! We picked up a few other tourists and headed down the road toward the river. Gerald, our guide was very friendly and full of all kinds of interesting stories and tidbits about the local culture that I hardly noticed an hour and half went by.
|My first cup of Costa Rican coffee - It was very, very good!|
|Joel also liked the coffee and he is not a big coffee drinker!|
|This one is a boy - you can tell by the yellow flap under his chin.|
|Me and Iggy|
We had a quick lesson, which mostly consisted of learning to paddle forward, backward, stop paddling, get down (which means sit on the floor of the raft while we go through the big rapids, so we don't fall out) and get up (which means get off the floor of the raft and sit on the sides, ready to paddle, coast is clear). In no time at all we were off. As you will be able to see from the pictures, I was ridiculously excited. It wasn't long before we were paddling our way through our first rapid. It was one of the most exciting things I have ever done. The water was everywhere, we were moving so fast, our guide was yelling out commands, were getting on and off the floor of the raft as quick as we could, and the excitement was palpable.
|First rapid - what a thrill (you can see that Joel's foot came loose from the strap, and he nearly fell out)!|
About half way down the river we stopped in a calm spot for some swimming. There was a trail that went up the bank where you could jump down into the river. There was no way I wasn't going to do it, but of course I got nervous as soon as it was my turn to jump. After taking a few deep breaths and standing there for a while listening to everyone cheering me on from down below, I finally jumped. It was so fun, I jumped a second time. Then we got back in the raft and continued down the river. Along the edge of the river were passed fields of coffee, sugar cane, bananas, and cocoa trees which we could see from the river.
|Lunch included pasta salad, cucumber salad, black beans, chicken, and rice.|
|I forget what they were called, but it a hybrid of a lime and a tangerine - it was very good!|
|Tia Rosita, the restaurant where we ate lunch.|
|The bus ride back to our hotel. We forgot the sunscreen and got a bit red on the river.|
|Joel is loving Costa Rica!|
|Enjoying our dinner after a very busy day. We just love it here!|