The Tico Times (english publication here in Costa Rica) summed it up well: ‘Dry Season’ Soaks C.R.  After three week of unseasonal rain….we got a little anxious about our last trip that would be arriving Dec 6th. No way to look in a crystal ball, but the only thing we knew is that if Costa Rica even dribbled water this final week the water levels were going to soar.  Missing a day or two is part of kayaking….but if the whole week blew up we would run out of guide jokes long before the water levels came back down. So we gave a heads up to the group: so many whom have been with us repeated times down here, and a good number of the group that had been part of the same week last year!  And in no time came the responses….

Guaranteed a Fun Week!

Guaranteed a Fun Week!

“I’m in
wet or not we will have fun and some good paddling”
-Mark

The Mighty Threesome

The Mighty Threesome

“Loved your note. Just talked to Bart and he said it just right: “that’s why we boat with them!” Bart and I are fully ready to “wing it.” If we spend the whole week on the West Coast, so be it. And if we get to Turrialba that will be cool too. See you all on Saturday.” -Winston

“Got your note about the rainy weather down there – I agree with W2 and Bart – no problem! The whole idea of kayaking is getting wet! I remember a few years ago we had high water levels and we spent a few days at Jaco on the west coast – lots of fun playing in the surf! We’re certainly flexible, and looking forward to seeing you all again.”  -John

Go Brooks! no scardey cat here!

Go Brooks! no scardey cat here!

“I have literally been counting down the days till the trip and will be crushed if I don’t go. Thanks so much for the candor and the generous offer. I spoke to Mark and I am still inclined to go but looking for some realistic encouragement. I don’t care where we are so long as it is wet and in costa rica and I am not scared out of my mind.  Do we have that covered?  I don’t care at all about a specific itinerary.”
-Brooks

tish&david lov'n it in costa rica

tish&david lov'n it in costa rica

“Bentons are coming come hell or HIGH WATER!
We’ve been reading the  blogs and anxiously awaiting our time to be there.  Thanks for sending the conditions.  A little high water isn’t going to keep us from coming to Costa Rica.  Besides, if we miss out on some rivers this year, we can always come back next year.  :-)”
-Tish and David

sure beats minnesota

sure beats minnesota

“Please understand, the water in MN is kind of hard to kayak. Currently, the temp is about 13 degrees and I WANT OUT.  I am committing to going, and really there was no way to keep Kari from going.  She said she did not mind kayaking in the rain…just can’t wait to get back to Costa Rica. All I know, she is EXCITED about the trip.  Too busy to go to the pool, but still really excited to go.” – ART

Our Girl Kari

Our Girl Kari

“Kari is your prodigy.  She learned more in two trips to Costa Rica than anywhere else she has to date.  Now this is year three!  The rivers of Costa Rica await – all be it different than last year.  Let’s go kayaking!! My worst day on the river is still better than my bets day at work. You have proved again that Kari and I made the right/best choice in selecting ERA.”
-Art

So how did the week end up???  Gorgeous blue skies every day except one (and that one day brought the Sarapiqui rocketing, so we just switched to the Balsa that day).  West coast paddling on rivers like the Purris, Savegre and Naranjo, and up north paddling with the Balsa and Sarapiqui.  SUPER BUENO!!

Badge of Honor in C.R.

Badge of Honor in C.R.

Thanks so much for the trust, the confidence, and the enthusiasm everyone showed up with.  This week’s groups were comprised of veteran paddlers with as many as five trips down here, alumni of the 2007 tongue trip, as well as first time Costa Rica inductees who return home already thinking about next year’s trip–everyone whom unwittingly also became special guests at Juliet’s birthday party!!

Inspiring Greatness!

Special Note: We owe a big thanks to Cpt. Kirk who acted as counselor for many of the group trying to decide whether to come on down or not.  We may have to put him on staff now, or help him with some counseling of his own to recover from Post trip Depression:

“Sure do wish I wuz headed down there this weekendL  Post Trip Depression is now setting in after things have finally calmed down from last week.”
-Kirk

Packing up today ourselves, we too will join everyone who shared Costa Rica with us this year in dealing with our own Costa Rica post trip depression!

Keep an eye on our photo collection for this week’s shared pixs.

Festival of Lights over San Jose

Festival of Lights over San Jose