Amigos Unite - Uvita

Trip Start Nov 24, 2007
Trip End May 15, 2008

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Monday, April 28, 2008

Ryder Redfield, You are the coolest mop in all of Costa Rica.

I've spent the last four days in the little coastal town of Uvita hanging out and catching up with a close friend of mine from college days and in Argentina so many years ago. Ryder moved down here a few years back to help his step dad manage some land and do what he does best, make sure things run smoothly in his presence. I've got to say that I have been one fortunate cat. Firstly, Ryder has, hands down, the best form of transportation imaginable, basically a 4x4 flatbed truck-van. We're talking an all out beast of a machine. I could cruise around in something like this for the rest of my life and the fun would never wear off. We've been tearing up some pretty steep roads lately too and something tells me they will soon find their way to the states if they haven't already. I've seen the baby version of one before in the Daihatsu Hijet but nothing remotely comparable to this.

So Ryder usually wakes up before I do and goes out to get his his crew of good guys working on various land plots doing landscape stuff, installing drainage projects for the water runoff before the onset of the coming rainy season and various other projects. There is nothing like hard work, nice weather and little stress. Usually he'll come back, we'll have a fruit smoothy or something and then go back out and do some work. His crew, all really good guys, teaching me the ropes of how things are done costa rican style. Although I can shovel with the best of them. Blisters to show for it too...These hands have seen little work in the last four months! Midday, as casually as I'm writing this, we'll go for a quick surf - a ten minute drive to the best local waves. Ryder has got it down by now and rips like a pro but not only is my balance a little lacking granted it's the first time I've been on a board, frankly I'm pretty inefficient when it comes to paddling and my muscles can't handle it. My stomach is raw from the rub too. I was thrown around pretty hard a few times but I always come up with a smile. I made it up twice I think my entire stay. I could have spent hours out there, even if I didn't get up once. Battling the waves was enough to preocupy my inabilities.

Also, if life doesn't get much better Ryder has also taken me up to see some fantastic waterfalls near his place that have insanely deep pools which you can jump off of - he dives - I jump. The Sisters guys is a little crazier than the Madras guy. Never would have thunk. :-) We rock hop upriver on foot from the dirt road for a few minutes and end up in a little tropical paradise. Not a bad way to wash the salt water off from the previous midday surf!

The most fun however is taking in the lifestyle. As you could imagine, Ryder has plenty of stories to tell about the small town life of Uvita and the bigger costa rican culture. Hearing about who did what, this guy said that, these people are great because of this, this guy wants me to marry his daughter, these guys wanted to fight me before they knew who I really's a side of traveling you just don't get to experience when moving through places so quickly and there is no better story-teller. If you know Ryder, you know what I mean. We'll drive wherever and it seems every two minutes he's is sticking his head out the window yelling greetings at a passerby.

Maya will be arriving soon as will Ryder's girlfriend Catherine. I'm sure those will be good times! More to come...
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