Today’s big adventure was zip lining with the good folks at Miss Sky. Wow! It was truly one of the most fun things I’ve ever done.
The morning began as most mornings in Costa Rica have begun, early. We gathered at 7:30 at the office to meet up with the rest of our party. There were 12 of us in all, six from New York and 4 others from Canada.
The young guys who were our guides were amazing–full of energy and good humor.
The ride up the mountain was not like anything you would experience in a litigious country like the United States. We were hauled up the hill in a truck with everyone sitting in the bed under the open sky. Like I said, this would never be allowed to happen in the US.
For whatever reason, they needed someone to sit in the cab of the truck, and I drew that straw. I did enjoy my ride up the hillside with the four Ticos as they laughed and joked, probably at my expense. They made us wear harnesses and helmets for the ride up.
Once at the top, we had this amazing view of the valleys below. And coming out of the ground was a concert pillar with a heavy line attached and running across the valley to another pillar. In all, there were 13 of these lines we traversed totaling around 7,000 km.
The first one was the hard one. They attach you to the and send you on your way. Suddenly, there is no ground beneath your feet as you zip across the sky. The view at first is scary as hell. Then it becomes exhilarating as you realize you will not fall to your death. One that realization hits, the views are tremendous.
The guides are like monkeys as they zip between lines preparing the way ahead. If you are too slow and can’t make it to the end, they invert themselves I their harnesses and walk upside down to rescue you.
I wish I could have taken more photos, but traveling by zip line didn’t allow for me to comfortably travel with my Canon DSLR. I did have a smaller point and shoot, but it ran out of juice right after Rodrigo took a video of me. I’ll upload that later.
The young men were full of good humor. One of them dressed as a gorilla to give us a good scare. It was pretty funny.
Aren’t we cute? My new Canadian friend told me how she loved how I wore my helmet at a jaunty angle.
After the zip lining, the guides took us to a waterfall where we were able to swim and take I the sight.
The rest of the day was primarily concerned with beach walking and the ocean. We walked for quite awhile along Playa Pelata. The scenery was gorgeous.
As we walked along the beach, we came across a group of small children who were playing in a tide pool with a dog and a pig. Even more astonishing was that there wasn’t a single adult anywhere in sight. Perhaps the dog and the pig were looking after them.
The dog and the pig appeared to hold each other in mutual disdain at times.
Along the beach were they usual things one would see, sand and shells and wood.
The night ended with an excellent meal at the hotel (I swear I’ll talk more about the hotel), and a run in with a giant grasshopper and some crazy Dutch who were taunting the giant grasshopper.
Tomorrow we head north and end our adventures in Nosara. It’s been fun, but more adventures await!