Trip Start Oct 08, 2009
27Trip End Nov 13, 2009
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I survived the Pacuare on Friday the thirteenth! Let me tell you, I thought Montana had big rapids. It was pretty much non stop action the whole way down the river. I sat in the front to get the biggest thrills I could. I definitely got them. It seemed that at every turn there was another set of huge rapids. I saw what a real raft guide actually has to do. We were dodging huge rocks, while getting swamped by class four rapids, and then getting soaked by waterfalls falling into the river. More than once I was looking up at a waterfall only to be crashed in the face by a huge wave. On top of that tocans(cant spell, as in tocan Sam, from fruit loops) fly over head the entire day. I had never sen one fly before. They would flap their wings a few times, then put their wings at their sides, like a missile. I got a huge kick out of this.
Unfortunately I was the 7th wheel on the journey, with three European couples. Our guide said that our bus driver could be my girlfriend, I was not amused. I am not Sue, so I cant remember his name, but he was very skilled, and did a great job. I got the company through my hostel hotelamericano. The name of the company is loco tours. I have attached some videos that I stole from Wikapedia. You will notice a kayaker who is running safety for the boats. We were concerned when at each of the biggest rapids, our Kayaker left the water to take photos. Fortunately we had no swimmers.
http://www.wikicostarica.com:16080/index.php/Pacuare_River my favorite part of the video are the Adirondack chairs in the first one. The video does not do the rapids justice, ,but it does show the scenery. We also did not get to swim in the waterfalls, it was rainy and a bit chilly.
I spoke with the German orthopedist for a while about the health care system in our two countries, until I realized that I know nothing about how our system works. So I just talked about doc for a while. Apparently I did not do too badly because the group invited me to dinner tonight. My first meal with a group!! Tomorrow I think I will stay in Turrialba and try to do a canopy tour.
Again no photos, My camera is charged but I did not want to take it on the river. The town of Turrialba is not much too look at. The main difference is that the church at the city center, is the most modern looking building in the whole city. A big change from everywhere else I have been in Central America. Last night I sat by the square and ate Pizza, and drank my comfort drink, a fanta Naranja. Unfortunately the pizza place did not sell beer.
I think I can get used to this blogging thing.