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2010 Costa Rica Discovery B

16 Walking Tree Travelers owned the shores of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica today and the anticipation is palpable for the balance of Discovery B.  Our journey began this past Friday in Miami where the group converged, coming from far and wide, to fly down together to San Jose.  In spite of distance, age, and a small flight delay, the instant chemistry among the group was undeniable.  We include travelers coming from California, Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington in Discovery B and all are quickly becoming team players as noticed in Day 2.  Day 2 found us on the Pacuare River balancing attention between the ubiquitous waterfalls which pepper the river landscape and the Class 3-4 rapids which challenged us the whole day.  I applaud Leah not for falling out of her raft, but for returning back to her paddle afterwards and helping her team take on the mighty Pacuare for an additional 2 hours.  I applaud Lauren and Natalie for helping me (Adam D, your author) do the work of 5 paddlers with only 3 people.  Lauren also did her 1st cliff dive along the river as did others.    Adam H, Craig, Jonathan, and Alec also challenged and defeated our local raft guides during our lunchtime futbol match of Costa Rica v. US.  In summary, the day was rich on all levels and moreover, the enthusiasm was contagious and growing.  We closed the day returning back to Hotel Villa Pacande for rest, group orientation, and general q & a.  On to Day 3….


Happy July 4th!  Although the day was mostly a travel one, the group nevertheless came through with surprises.  Such as Brooke, Maria, and Ceara all having the courage to try Christine’s local favorite fruit, mamones, courtesy of Gustavo @ Frutera Gemelo.  We arrive at Manuel Antonio in the midst of the late afternoon rainstorm, but our eagerness to explore was too much to contain.  After a quick dip in the Pacific, we returned back to the Hotel California for a classic holiday feast of bratwursts and ice cream.  We closed the evening with a spirited game of charades where Team Gringo triumphed over Team Awesome by a single point.  Mark’s rendition of “The Roman Empire” will perhaps go down in the history books and is certainly to be remembered by all.


Currently, the rain is pounding down hard as we take a siesta from today’s day of surfing, shopping, football (the local kind), charlando, and cross-country practice in the case of Becca.  Additional individual highlights include Laura’s discovery of the perfect waves at the West end of the beach and Margot’s mindblowing back-flips which left our surf guides almost speechless.  Emma has the full photographic documentation.

Tomorrow is our last day in Manuel Antonio and as much as we are looking forward to it,our host family stays and service project occupy equal attention on the horizon.  We am looking forward to more of the journey as are our travelers.

Pura Vida from Costa Rica!

Discovery B Leader Team

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  • Jesse Hall

    Hello and luv to Norita, from her dad who is thrilled from afar by the stories of so much cool stuff!! Keep the adventures rolling and let me know if this is a good way to say hi!

  • Susan Carringi

    Would that be Mark Carring’s rendition of The Roman Empire? LOL!!!! That’s my boy!!! Say hi from his Mom and Brother!!!

  • Dave Weiss

    Glad to hear all is going so well… hear any Howler monkeys yet? Hi to Alec from mom and dad!

  • discoveryb

    I am happy to hear that you guys are having a great time. Hi to Laura and Leah, and hope you have the opportunity to watch the Germany-Spain match tomorrow. The Netherlands are in the finals! They beat Uruguay 3-2.
    Hasta pronto,


  • Margot Gordillo

    Hi Laura and Leah,
    It looks like you are having a great time in Costa Rica. Louis, dad and I are doing well here.
    Don’t forget to take pictures!

  • Karen Lonsway James

    Hi to Margot from her family. Glad to hear you are doing well and doing flips on the beach. We miss you!

  • John and Joanne black

    Hi to Maria black from mom and dad on domani up in Canada – we think ur having a better time than us in 25 knot winds. Send more blog.

  • Debra Kirsten

    Hello to Nat from Mom and Mitch!

    Hope you’re having the time of your life! We are jealous of all the fun adventures. Enjoy your time with the host family and keep in touch when you can!

  • lilly dag

    we miss you Jonathan. Take lots of photos .
    I am sure you are having a blast… enjoy
    we love you
    mom, manny, Lexy, Adam, Lilita and Sean
    kisses !

  • Sydney and Mike Walters

    Hello and much love to Lauren. The raft trip and cliff diving sound great! Have a fun time with your host family.
    Love you,


  • discoveryb

    Trish Harris says:

    Hi Adam, we love you and hope you are having a fabulous time. Heard about your surfing-way to go!!! Enjoy Herradura and lots of fun with your host family.
    Take pictures… We miss you…Big hugs, Mom