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More Costa Rican Adventures

Once we completed all 25 lines, they drove us back to the headquarters in air conditioned vans. After being out in the rain forest heat and humiditiy all day, the cool air felt amazing. We arrived to find a full jug of cool water and glasses for everyone to drink. They also had a full bar with icy cold beer for purchase. After hanging around for 15 minutes more, the hostess had a lovely lunch prepared for everyone. The choices were beef, chicken or fish (Mahi Mahi) accompanied by red beans, rice, cooked veggies and a cole slaw type salad. Everyone was starving from the long day in the rain forest and grateful for the grub.

Costa Rica
Costa Rica

After we ate, I walked out to the courtyard where they have a nice hammock and laid down for a short nap. Some of the other guys went on another zip line where you were strapped in by two cables and actually lay on your stomach… When they push off, the guys were actually flying like superman.

I talked to the hostess for a bit. She was originally from Germany and spent many years as a flight attendant. She and her husband relocated to Costa Rica because it was the most beautiful place she had ever been. They built the business because when she was crew attending for strangers so often, she always wanted a quiet place to go when she was not on the plane. I’m grateful for her lovely place and would have enjoyed spending a night in her bed and breakfast cabins as the area offered many other great activities that we are missing out on because of our short shore leave.

Zip Lining the Costa Rican Rain Forest

The second time we went to Puntarenas, a group of 11 crew members got together to go on a zip lining tour over the rain forest. We all met off the gang way around 8 in the morning and were picked up by a representative of www.crew-tours.com. Jesus corralled our group and some others into a small tour van and drove us the 45 minutes into the mountains beyond the city. The drive up was spectacular. Along the way we past the Sardimar Tuna Canning factory, a prison, several curches…. and mango trees dripping with fruit. He also told us some history of Costa Rica and showed us the fruit that a cashew comes from. I really had no idea that the small sweet nut was the seed on the top of a fruit that looks a bit like a small macintosh apple. He cut one apart so we could taste it. Sweet and juicy, the flavor was alot like an apple too. The part that I found fascinating is that the cashew cannot be eaten raw and that it could actually cause blindness if not handled properly.

Cashews in Costa Rica
Cashews in Costa Rica
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