Kicking Ass in the Wimpy Boat

Trip Start Apr 16, 2012
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Trip End May 02, 2012


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Rio Sarapiqui

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Alajuela,
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

After the previous nights escapades, I was really surpirsed to wake up feeling well rested, but poor Tom on the otherhand was a tad bit hungover and suffering from the beginning effects of Montezuma's Revenge.  We were prebooked to go whitewater rafting, the last activity on our Groupon, and were afraid that we'd have to cancel due to my ankle, but this morning the swelling had gone down substantially and we were good to go!  We quickly ate breakfast and then went to meet Marge & Dick and the shuttle. 

Since the Rio Toro was too slow due to the lack of rain in the area, we were driven1.25 hours to the beautiful Rio Sarapiqui (III/IV).  When we arrived at the river we were joined by the group of Canadians that we met the night before at the hotsprings, including Shereen & Jeremy.  Pretty cool coincidence!  Everyone assembled into groups each with 6 people, plus a guide, leaving us with a group of 5.  We were thinking our boat seemed a little wimpy with the only two young, strong guys up front, Marge & Dick who although are very adventurous, are also pretty up there in age, in the midde and little ol' me with a hurt ankle in the back.  Thankfully despite our appearance and disatvantages, we kicked some serious ass!

Before we started down the river, the guides told us what to do if/when we fall out of the boat and assured us that every day at least one person falls out.  I was so nervous even though it was my 5th time rafting because I didn't want the embarrassment of being that person .  The river was full of non-stop action and waves which we fearlessly attacked.  Thankfully I was not that person and stayed safely in our boat, but as the guides had predicted, a couple of men fell out and needed rescuing.  After a rough set of waves one of the boats smashed up against a large rock, twisitng the boat up out of the water and catapulted the two guys in the front out into the water.  They teach you that if you see someone in the water its your duty pull them out as soon as and into your boat as soon as possible, so that's what we did.  We rescued two stunned, waterlogged guys, one of which lost a shoe in the debaucle until it was safe to transfer them back to their boats.  Not so bad for the wimpy boat :)

The 2 hour trip down the beautiful Rio Sarapiqui was the most excitiing whitewater rafting trip that Tom and I have ever done.  One moment it's non-stop waves, the next it's peaceful and serene with parrots and toucans flying overhead.  It was perfectly exhausting.

Once back at our hotel we decided to take it easy as we were sore and tired from the last couple of days adventures.  As Tom napped, I decided it was finally time to wash our increasingly smelly clothes.  I thought briefly about sending it out to be laundered until I noticed that the hotel charged an absurd amount of money per atricle of clothing.  Yeah, I don't think so.  Instead, I opted for using the travel tide I brought and washed our clothes in our bathroom sink (thanks for the idea Jill) and hung the clothes to dry on our porch. Classy, I know, but effiecient.  We were hoping to have a short siesta and then go meet the boys in town again as it was Alex's last night before heading home, but unfortunately Tom just kept getting sicker by the minute so we called it a night and hoped he'd be better in the morning. 
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