Dublin High Sea Turtle and Forest Ecology 2014

Dublin High Sea Turtle and Forest Ecology 2014 Blog #7

This entry was written by Adrian Loaiza of Dublin High

Costa Rica day number 7. Our last day staying in this breathtaking country. We have to make the best of it.

Once we were all awake, we went down for breakfast. Another buffet! We got to choose from eggs, breakfast meats, different fruits, and breads. But what really made this morning what it was ended up being able to see PACKS of White-headed capuchins all over the restaurant. Of course none of them got too close, but it was still great to see all of them!

After breakfast, we all agreed to go down to the beach for the last time. We took a shuttle down and as soon as we got out we ran into the water. For a while we messed around in the waves by trying to body surf on rocky sand. Smart, right? Anyways, as soon as we saw a fairly big wave was about to break, we would start to swim towards shore and just let the wave take us wherever it pleases. Besides all the rocks, it was ridiculously fun! A great “goodbye” to the Costa Rican ocean.

After our beach time, we had some time to pack up our suitcases before we had to load them onto the van. After we were all packed and ready to go, we had our last meal at the Punta Leona. It was very similar to dinner last night, with only a few added things. It was still a great way to say goodbye to an amazing resort!

So we are on the road again. But before we go to our last hotel, we have one more big activity, and that is zip-lining! It seemed like such a great day to go zip-lining, until we got about 4 platforms down…thats when the heat really got turned up. Once we got to the zip-lining company, they strapped us all up and we drove a tractor up to the first platform. It was perfectly fine until all of a sudden…KABOOM. The first few strikes were fine and it was safe to go down, but as soon as that thunderbolt hit a couple trees down…we knew we were done. Plus, a tree fell on a line, so it wouldn’t be so smart to go down an occupied line. So we took an occupied line back close to where we started originally and waited for the tractor that hauled us up to take us back down. So rain, thunder, and zip-lining…I say it’s a heck of an end! ^.^

After that experience, we dried up and headed to San Jose,Costa Rica. Since we sorta got rained out, Nacho let us stop for ice-cream and smoothies at a local souvenir shop on the way. A lot of us needed to stop for gifts anyways, so it was perfect. After our shopping haul, we headed back on the road for several hours so we could make it to our final destination: Hotel Costa Rica Tennis Club, San Jose. It was…interesting in that city. For example, just around the corner from where we were staying there was a parking garage. And who was standing there guarding the place? Why none other than a man in a tuxedo holding a shotgun. Just another day in San Jose, right?

We all finally got to load out of the van after hours, and picked our rooms for the little time we were staying. Finally after we settled in, we went down for our farewell dinner. We were all served chicken, mixed vegetables, and mashed potatoes. A good dinner to a goodbye.

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