Kick Ass on Day One!

Nothing like arriving in Costa Rica and in less than 24 hours hitting three big events: two festivals–Dia de los Muertos and Feria de Pejibaye, and one awesome stretch of river.

Dia de los Muertos might resonate for some because this holiday was one of the preemptive holidays for America�s Halloween. In Costa Rica, there is a bit more serious tone with families traveling to the family crip to pay respect to their deceased. We drove by a number of large gatherings today.

Feria Pejibaye.� Possibly not in your Hallmark guidebook to International Holidays!� But always looking for the shortest route to the river, we planned on traveling straight from San Jose to the Rio Pejibaye�..a route that would send us through the cute little pueblo of Pejibaye. Normally a sleepy little town on a Sunday, what we failed to factor in was today was the Pejibaye festival. The normally sleepy little pueblo of Pejibaye looked like the hometown to-dos for a NFL football game�down to the paid parking in folks� yards, the traffic backed up for streets, and festival stalls set up alongside the road selling�of course–pejibayes. Yumm!� So needless to say it took us a bit longer to get to the river today when we factored in the cultural experiences to take advantage of along the way!

Day One Paddling: Upper Pejibaye

Day One Paddling: Upper Pejibaye

But once arriving at the Pejibaye it was a matter of mere minutes between walking down to the river and hitting the kick ass rapids.� Water level was just about perfect today even with a continuous rain falling on us throughout the day.

Deciding ona line through first rapid on the Rio Pejibaye

Deciding on a line through first rapid on the Rio Pejibaye

With the Pejibaye River you have one of the most scenic rivers in Costa Rica: canopy covered river bed, trees hanging low with hundreds of bromeliads, stunning water quality, oro pendula birds flying overhead, and good fun on the water. The majority of the river is super fun Class III.

Chris Finishing up first drop on Upper Pejiabye

Chris Finishing up first drop on Upper Pejiabye

The first mile of the river epitomizes a southeastern Class IV river. No sooner do you put in then you are immediately committed to a mile of solid, continuous Class IV whitewater.�� You are dealing with four distinct rapids–distinct not by the eddys between each one but by the variety of moves for each one.�� No warm up given here!� You are either on your game or you are not.

The scenery rivals is the rapids on the Pejibaye

The scenery rivals is the rapids on the Pejibaye

Today�s verdict: the group we have the pleasure of paddling with this week is totally on their game so we should have some good action coming out of our first 2008 trip!!

Pura Vida!