You watch the rain, read about the damage, feel the pain for residents hurt in the floods; but it is coming back to familiar rivers and personally viewing changes that brings home how powerful water is.
Our final trip of the season here in Costa Rica loaded up under gorgeous blue skies this past week and there was nothing that could dampen the excitement of this group of veteran Costa Rica boaters (18 trips between seven boaters)….
The surf was about perfect for our warm-up day: big (yea, intimidating) but with a really slow break so when you caught the wave, the ride was extended.
It was when we hit the Rio Balsa that we realized just how powerful the flooding had been the week before. Looking upstream at the put-in we were startled to see that the channel had jumped forty meters from one side of the river to the other. And downstream, boulders, trees and a whole lot of water had pushed everything from one side of the river to the other.
One of the culprits for bringing such vast changes to the river is the make up of the rocks on the river banks: round, loose and ready for rolling downstrem. It is like having a big pile of ball bearings and then sending a whole bunch of water right towards your pile just to see where they will go next!
A final testimonial to the flooding of just a few days prior to our gorgeous blue sky week was found on the Pacuare. Dislandia Rock is hosting a new tree trunk deposited last week during the high water excitement.
This week we lucked onto one of the best water levels on the Pacuare after a night of light but steady rain in the headwaters: great big but not flooded. The waves were huge and crashing, but the lines were open. It was not the day for a Class III group to kayak down the river. But the option of rafting was welcome by this group.
What a fun week we had!! And for more photos of the trip, make sure and check out our photo gallery.