Sunday, June 26, 2011

Zip It

  Yesterday we went zip lining in the rain forest!  My wife and I are really glad that we got to squeeze this in the schedule down here.  We ran into a little complication because the one we were planning on going to was closed because they are replacing a bridge that got washed out by the rains recently.  Note to self if you ever come to Costa Rica and build a house don't do it at the bottom of the mountains.  :)  There was a pretty big group of zip liners with us an all but two people in our group were Americans, so it was easy to strike up conversations in the trees.  We managed to see a Toucan in the wild, and a few iguanas.  The zip lining took about 2 hours, and at one point we went between 50-70 mph on one of the zip lines!!!! How crazy is that.  This place was only 4 years old and we never felt unsafe at any time.  I was double checking knots and they were pretty solid.  There were 3 blondes in our group that had extensive plastic surgery done, and we knew from the beginning that they were going to be fun to watch on this adventure.  During the instruction portion of the zip lining tour, they explained to us how to sit in the harness while we were suspended.  They also explained to us how to slow done and where we should place our hands.  It was pretty simple honestly, the 3 blondes had an extremely tough time remembering this and asked the instructor about 4 different times to repeat that portion before we even got on the first zip line........... So, we finally make it through the question portion and line up to get on the first zip line.  Finally!!!!!!!!  Jenni and I can't wait!  Unfortunately, the blondes managed to get in front of us.  This should be interesting, and it was.  The first one got hooked up and asked one last time where to put her hands...... Off she went!  Off went her helmet as she flew through the air.  Then the next two blondes double checked their helmets after seeing what happened to their friend. Next.......  She is hooked up and ready to go.  She freaks out and grabs the cable in a panic and spins around because she broke so hard with her hand.  The rest of us had to wait while an instructor went out on the line and took her to the platform.  We were trying not to laugh, but it was pretty funny!  She was alright, her hair and nails survived the rain forest.  In the end only one of the 3 blondes quit the tour.  J

Jenni and I had a blast zip lining. There were 13 zip lines that we went on. I was really impressed with my wife, she even went upside down on the zip line a few times when we were allowed!!!!!!!!!!  The scenary was to die for while zipping through the rain forests. It was amazing to feel the cool air hit your face as you are surrounded by something that is SOLO BUENO.....the rain forest. At the end of the tour we were served fresh fruit; watermelon & pineapple. Talk about fresh & delicious. We didn't buy any pictures because they were way too expensive, but we have them tucked in our memory forever! We have a few pictures before zip lining while in our equipment that we will upload later. 

  We rounded off the afternoon with a trip to Jaco beach.  We ate at a really good local restaurant.  I got the Mahi Mahi special, and my wife got a chicken quesadilla that was in the shape of a burrito.  Needless to say it was amazing.  Our driver and friend, Alan, got a rice an shrimp dinner that he said was amazing as well.  While eating our lunch we had the "privilege" of watching the local prostitutes walk by our outside table or ride by one there bicycles!!!!!!!  lol  Apparently prostitution is legal in Costa Rica, and Saturday at Jaco Beach is prime working time.  Also it was pretty humorous to see the things that locals put in their baskets that are on the front of their bicycles.... like a baby! ha! Craziness! That can't be good or SAFE! We finished up our lunch and visited a few local souvenir shops to get a few gifts. Back to the moutains we went.

  We got back to the house and grilled some chicken for dinner, and made some Mac N' Cheese for dinner before meeting Alan at his house to watch the USA vs Mexico championship on TV.  It was an exciting game, even though the US lost..... :(  The defense could not contain #10 from Mexico after going up 2-0 early on in the match.  They ended up losing 4-2, with Mexico winning.

Today was our last full day here in Costa Rica. We were going to go fishing in the river but that didn't work out. It was totally fine that we weren't able to go because we really enjoyed today. It was spent cooking breakfast, staying in our pj's for a long time, enjoying the scenary, cooking lunch, watching movies and just talking about life. We did get out and take a nice walk on the beautiful property with the dogs. Tonight we are going to enjoy a nice bottle of champagne and dinner on the balcony that over looks all the rain forests and the ocean. 

  We are finishing up our honeymoon. and heading home in the morning!  We are sad to leave, but eager to return home and see our family, friends, and dogs!  We have enjoyed our time together here, and we will miss the friends we have made, including the many dogs we have spent time with.  Thor, Cyclopse, and Mongo you will be missed!  And we will miss the horse we rode, Silver.  We are glad we didnt choose a resort for our honeymoon, because we got to experience Costa Rica and it's people!  We are planning on stopping by one of the local schools on our way out of town, before we leave in the morning so my wife and I can see what their schools are like.  Plus Jenni wants to show her students back home what it is like here for the kids their age!  What a neat idea!  What a great place to start our journey together as husband and wife.  Pura Vida! Solo Bueno!

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