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– Costa Rica –

What would a trip to Costa Rica be without some adventure? After taking a look at the excursions available, Billy and I decided on ziplining and white water rafting.

Our ziplining group consisted of Billy, me, and a bachelor party that was still partying from the night before. They were having a great time until we got to Line 6, where you hang upside-down. Apparently drinking and swinging upside-down through the forest don’t mix. Who saw that coming? This was our first time ziplining and hopefully not our last.  As soon as your feet leave the platform, all your worries fly away as you soar through the canopy. It was so much fun, I don’t know why I didn’t try it earlier!

The next day, we were up bright and early to begin our journey to the Naranjo River for some white water rafting. May through November is considered rainy season in Costa Rica and it definitely showed that morning. We were soaked as soon as we got off the bus. From the bus, we had a short trek through the forest before climbing down a ravine to get to the river. Billy joked that the river guides were going to have to push the rafts off a cliff to get them into the water. Then, the guides really pushed the rafts off the cliff to get them into the water. There were only 5 people in our raft including the guide. One of the benefits of visiting Costa Rica during rainy season is that nothing is crowded.

The rapids started pretty strong and took some work and coaching by our guide to navigate. The couple from California at the front of the raft graciously took most of the big hits from the extremely brisk river water. The whole experience was exhilarating, with the waves crashing on the rocks, the forest walls forming a canyon around us, and the sheets of rain pounding down. I don’t remember the last time I felt so energized! During the second half of our run, the rapids flattened out and the forest turned into palm tree plantations as we cruised smoothly towards the end. It was quite a contrast. We finished the excursion with a traditional lunch of chicken, rice, and beans 🙂

10.21.14 blog 6{Ready for adventure!}

10.16.14 blog{Wheeee!}

10.21.14 blog 5{Look at that form!}

10.21.14 blog 3{No hands!}

10.16.14 blog 4{Ready to raft! Our only picture since there was so much rain!}

Whitewater Rafting:

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