When everything goes wrong

Trip Start Apr 05, 2009
Trip End Jun 07, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Sunday, July 26, 2009

The plans of traveling from San juan to Costa Rica with my sister went out the window due to a nice dose of the swine flu, after a couple of nights with a 40 degree fever and about a week of lying in a hammock doing nothing I was good to go again and conveniently enough the Swiss guys that I was hanging out with a few weeks earlier showed up in town again and where about to head down to Costa Rica. It was nice to have people to travel with and even nicer that they had a car so there was no need for the chicken bus.
Crossing the border took FOREVER, we had to wait 4 hours for a guy to come and pick up the car because for some reason you cant take rentals across the border, probably another hour to sort out a new car on the Costa Rican side and yet another hour for passport stamps.
After all the waiting at the border it was nearly dark and we still had a fair drive to our destination so we wasted no time and hit the road bound for Playa Santa Teresa right next to Mal Pais.
The road was good for a lot of the way and then at about 10pm we hit the crappy dirt road.
After stopping several times to ask for directions we arrived at a river at about midnight and the road just appeared to stop right there, there was a house about 1km back though so we went and asked them and they said that we where on the road we just had to drive through the river.
we headed back and looked around for a little while before eventually spotting the road on the other side of the river. In our zippy little 4x4 Romede put his foot to the floor and we where gunning it through the river, the water got a pretty deep and just when we started to come out the car lost all traction and kind of rolled a little to one side, when the water sterted lapping at my ankles I thought, oh shit this is bad, then 10 seconds later when the water was up to my waist I thought we where totally screwed.
We jumped out of the car and tried in vain to push from behind while one person played driver, while pushing we where about chest deep in water and there was some wildlife splashing around a little which kind of scared me a bit cause I couldnt see what it was.
After failing to get the car out we took all the bags out (everything was soaked) left them on the river bank and began walking down the muddy dirt road with one rapidly dying flash light.
At about 1am we came across a house that just happened to have a 4 wheel drive out front, we woke the owners up and asked for some help and after a bit of effort getting his car started (it had a flat battery) we where driving back down the road to the river to hopefully pull ours out.
we tied a rope between the cars and the first couple of atempts failed. We where still trying to push the car aswell and the guy seemed to think we where crazy, when I looked for a while at some of the wildlife splashing around and he said crocadilliya I realized why, and I also got the hell out of the river in a hurry, we asked the guy how big they are and he told us around 6m so even standing on the river bank was a little freaky. Luckily for me I didnt have to stand there long because the 3rd try did the trick and our car was out.
We drove back to our new friends house (water splashing around our ankles still) and had a beer with him, at this point he mentioned that there was 2 more rivers we had to cross and none of us felt like doing it at night time. Maybe the most usefull person in Costa Rica the guy had a house down the road for rent, it wasnt much but none of us cared at all.
In the morning after more problems with the car, a bunch more walking and yet again help from our main man we where on the road to Mal Pais in our swimming pool/car, this time we decided to check the depth of the rivres first before driving through, the system worked well but walking through a river that you know has crocs in it really gets the heart racing.
We made it to Mal Pais pretty easy after that and had no problems tracking down Yuobi (A friend of the swiss guys whos house we where staying at), we where all super stocked to get to his house, its a real nice place on the top of the hill with awsome views of the surf and plenty of places to chill out.
After our adventure the night before we decided a celebration was in order and hit the town for some drinks all still stoked on actually making it here in one piece.
This morning we woke up with some nice hangovers and hit the surf, there was some good waves and it was productive because at the same time we had the car all opened up to dry out.
The car is still drying right now and the horrid smell of river water is slowly going so hopefully in a couple of days it will be all good.
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