Las Chicas Fuertes

¡Hola Amigos!

What a weekend we had.  Non-stop, action-packed fun – muy divertido. We left Atenas at 6:30 de la manana to head to Vocano Poas.

We made a selfie stop along the way to take in the beautiful vistas.  Here are Lexi, Profe, and I hamming it up with Lexi’s selfie stick.

We also bought a few snacks and tried a new fruit called a granadilla. It was similar to a pomegrante, but sweet.

We hiked to the active crater and then on to Lagoon Botas, where we stoped for another quick selfie.  Starting from the left is our adopted friend Lexi from Charlotte, Jessalyn, yours truly in the silly hat, Profe, Krystin hiding behind Profe’s elbow, and Dominique.  Esteban from Immersion Abroad Costa Rica is hamming it up in the front.  It’s an all girl group, but we decided to make Esteban an honorary chica so he could hang out with us.

While we were hiking around the lagoon, Profe and I were talking about our Ecuador slogan from the 2013 trip – Simepre Listo – that we adopted after buying braclets with that slogan from the boyscout troop there.  We decided we needed a name for ourselves this time too, something with chicas, since we were all girls.  We decided it would just come to us at some point.

We stopped for a quick picnic lunch and then headed to La Selva Verde in the Braulio Carrillo National Park.  Now those of you who remember the Peru trip know how I feel about la selva.  For those of you who don’t, let’s just say it’s a love-hate relationship.  I love to hate it.  Seriously, I had to walk across a ba-zillion mile long metal bridge over a river that swayed with each step we all took just to start the hike yesterday afternoon.  Whaaaat, no, no, no, no, no.  Okay, so I did it anyway, but I didn’t like it. Did I mention it was the only way back too, sigh…..

We hiked for 2 hours through the rain forest finding two-toed sloths, Howler monkeys, tucans, frogs, leaf-cuter ants, bullet ants, and various other birds and insects.  Oh, we saw a bat that was living under the leaves of a plant too.  It cuts all the leaves so they drop and make a little umbrella.  It was interesting.  If only I didn’t have to go back across that ridonculous bridge again.  Did I mention it started pouring down rain right as we got back to cross it again.  stupid-rain, stupid-head.

After our death-hike we checked into a local Inn for a nice long hot shower and some dinner.  Here are all mi chicas with Odie and Esteban from Immersion Abroad Costa Rica, and Sammy – our extremely nice and ever patient driver.  The inn made some kickin’ Nutella crepes that we all had for desert.  We earned them!

This morning we were all up bright and early for another action-packed day.  We started with a hearty desayuno of gallo pinto (rice and beans mixture that is only eaten at breakfast), eggs, corn tortillas, mango, and cafe of course.
First up was zip lining.  We did a course of 12 lines that started easy and then got faster, and faster, and faster.  It was Krystin, Dominique and my first time and we were a bit scared.  It was way cool.  I am so doing it again any chance I get.  We paid a bit extra to have them take pictures while we were doing the course, so I will upload them when we get back next week.

As we were walking from one of the lines to another we were talking and Lexi asked what the word for strong was, Profe answered fuerte.  Eureeka! That’s it, I said, we are Las Chicas Fuertes.  Everone agreed.  Now that is our herd name.

No slacking for us, just a quick water and cookie break after the lines and then off to the river for white water rafting.  We spent 2 1/2 hours on the Sarapiqui River.  Also muy divertido. Okay now we are wet, tired, and hangry. Let’s go find some comida and then it’s time to make the trip back to Atenas.

Back now and muy cansado. It was a great weekend adventure where Las Chicas Fuertes learned that they are indeed strong and can achieve anything they set their minds to.

¡Hasta Manana Amigos!


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