Yes, this is a picture of my ass. Or mule. And what a joke it was when the guides gave me a mule instead of a horse like everyone else.
Today’s Costa Rican adventure was a trip to a park near one of the volcanoes outside of Liberia. We drove about an hour and a half from the Four Seasons to get there.
We had a two part adventure. The first part was rappelling in a canyon and the second part was tubing down a river. Both adventures began in the same place and required us to take a horse to get there. Or in my case, a mule.
Once there, we got into our harnesses for the rappelling.
So many of the adventures we were on required us to don ridiculous harnesses and helmets, that today I began to wonder if this is part of an elaborate joke the Ticas are playing on us Gringos.
The rappelling was in three parts. First, we rappelled from a platform down into the watery canyon. We were about 40 feet or so. However, the guides only gave you about 30 feet of rope, so at some point, you literally came to the end of your rope and plunged another 10 feet to the water!
Here’s Evan taking that plunge. Notice the woman in the lower right. She is climbing back up the canyon wall so she can rappel down a second time. We all did this.
Next. We lowered ourselves down a second canyon wall to a ledge. This time they gave us enough rope to get to the ledge. Once there, there set up a Tarzan rope so that we could swing around.
Notice I am dropping wet. This is because the guides would pull the rope back and swing us into the waterfall. It was pretty exhilarating.
After the rope swinging, we went to lunch. On the way there I ran into the most beautiful ox cart.
The guy with the cart asked me if I wanted to ride on the bulls. I said no. But, I was fascinated with the detail on this art.
After lunch, we rode horses back to the same place we started the rappelling for our river tube adventure. This was so much fun. The whole trip down river took about 45 minutes. I think it was about five miles or so.
The trip was nicely spaced with fast rapids and rocks and calm places to enjoy the canyon scene and greenery. I was in heaven. I think I might have enjoyed this experience more than all the others, save the turtle beach.
I love this picture of Evan going down the rapids.
At one point, we all lined up to get I position for the final rapids. There were about 30 of us. I love this picture Evan snapped just before he took off.
We made it to the end safe and sound feeling oh so good.
Our day was completed with dinner at the sort beautiful steak house I have ever seen. It was called Caracol and was a short drive from the hotel. We ate under the stars miles away from any city lights. We have the occasional visitor from the roving raccoon like creatures that inhabit the grounds. And the steak was amazing!
Finally, we came back to the beach so I could try to get pictures of the stars. The stars are also amazing. And, unlike Alaska which also has amazing stars, you can view the stars and be warm. Orion looks funny down this far south. But I managed to get a good shot.
Tomorrow is our last full day. We intend to sit on the beach for most of it.
With the exception of the stars, all of the pictures today were shot with out Canon Powershot A10 water proof camera. It does a decent job.