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Flag of Costa Rica  , San José,
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Today was our lasy day at the lodge, which in turn meant it was time to white water raft out. Max had alreadt white rafted in so he didn't seem too worried. The rest of us were a little bit nervous especially after the safety talk where they tell us how to proceed when the raft hits a solid rock wall and tips over...not to mention that on the way in the rapids were class 1 and 2, and on the way out they were class 3 and 4...
So after our delicious breakdast of freshly cooked omlettes, frech toast and "cafe con leche"  we were on our way. There was one boat filled with everyone's luggage that was driven by one of the workers, and the rest of the boats were filled with passengers. Our family was in one boat with our rapid guide named Alex. He was a super nice guy, native to Costa Rica however we discovered he was soon going to be moving to Canada to live with his girlfriend! He made the whole trip a lot more enjoyable as he had been rafting for about 10 years, making us feel slightly more safe.
We started off with some class 2 rapids and everyone seemed to be doing fine. Alex sat in the back of the boat yelling "FORWARD!" or "STOP!" to direct our paddeling. Then we came face to face with our first class 4 rapid... just the sound of it approaching was intimidating, but it was too late to turn back so the only thing we could to was continue on....
Turns out it wasn't too bad. A little bumby and some big splashes, but actually quite enjoyable. However I think we can all agree the best part was in the middle our the class four rapid, alex yelled "STOP PADDELING!". So naturally, mom, ken, max and I all stopped paddeling...however Dad was a little too preocuppied to hear this and he continued to paddle like a MAD MAN. Then he looked up with pure panick in his eyes, obviously still rattled by this "life threatening" rapid we were going through. I wish I had it on video because my description does it no justice, but his face and the intensity of his paddeling was just too much (if you ask him to confirm this story he will claim he "saved out lives".....)

.NOTE: Editor we found this video clip:

Anyways, I think we all became acustomed to the rafting and ended up really enjoying it. We stopped at a waterfall on the way, aswell as a little stop for a delicious lunch. In total we were probably rafting for 3 and a half hours. The scenery was unbeleivable...unfortunately we won't have pictures at the moment.
We eventually arrived  to the end of our white rafting journey and hopped on the bus to head to our next destination.
All in all, I think the whole family would agree that everything from the lodge, to the meals, to the white water rafting was an awesome experience and we would recommend it to anyone!
Adios Amigos!
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Uncle Ron on

Woo! Sounds like fun! Thank goodness Tim was there to save your lives.

Glen Girard on

I enjoyed the video of the whitewater rafting...I was very pleased with Erin's and Kennedy's paddling technique...but what the heck was Tim doing??

U rob on

That was well written Erin and I must say I am very impressed as well as I am of reading Kennedys entries.
I am going to check out the video link right now but I must say I can't wait based on your description!! Very cool.

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