Rafting To Our Hotel


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December 13th 2013
Published: June 23rd 2017
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So how many times do you have to hop on a tractor in order to catch a raft in order to whitewater rapid your way to your hotel? After yet another GPS misadventure we found ourselves beside the Pacure River strapping on those o-so-flattering yellow helmets (not sure they would absorb any punishment but would probably make it easier to find the body), and life jackets that seemed a touch beyond their best-buy date. The Rio Pacure has been ranked by National Geographic as one of the top 10 river journeys in the world, and the rapids are consistently ranked as the 4th or 5th best in the world. Given that a proposal to dam the river for hydroelectric power was narrowly defeated in 2005, we thought we better blow up our boat and get this done before the powers-that-be change their minds (the nearby majestic Reventazón River was lost to a dam project so even eco-focused Costa Rica is not beyond messing with natures works of art).

The Pacuare River, or the Río Pacuare, flows approximately 108 km to the Caribbean but we would only be rafting about 23 miles of it (and dropping approximately 1200 feet). The river offers up an unending series of Class III and Class IV rapids which in layman's terms means you're going to get really wet. We chose to split the trip and at the halfway point we stayed at a jungle lodge for a couple of days. This gave us a chance to experience the Costa Rican rainforest in its full glory- we did a few walks, a couple of swimming holes, and we even tried out a mini version of zip lines- only 4 lines with a basic braking system (a gardening glove that you dragged on the cable) and a slightly imposing emergency brake (the tree). The lodge was surprisingly comfortable and the rafting dudes made for pretty good cooks.

The rafting was a blast with DH and Deb P perfecting an air paddle stroke that looked very much like the real thing. I suspect that we hit virtually all large rocks in the river and I fully expected to experience that cartoon result of a burst balloon that takes you careening off everything in the neighbourhood. The explosions of water in the bigger rapids had you debating the decision of just hanging on tight or paddling like crazy per the shouted instructions from the back. Good fun.

Although it's early days, the challenge of rafting has also taught us a number of things about our newest travel companion:

1- she could probably use a little male companionship in the very near term. After a planned swim around the raft, she decided that she was going to pull me back into the raft on her own. Falling backward she successfully yanked me by the life-jacket face first into her lap. Given the weight difference this 'accident' was understandable- it was a little harder to understand why she held me there for the next 20-30 seconds with everyone shouting at her to let me go. In some countries this incident might have resulted in a forced marriage and immediate expulsion.

2- graceful and dainty doesn't quite describe it. After one particular shore walk, she dove back into the raft, sliding along the inflated slippery sides at significant speed before firing out the other side like a spitball leaving a straw. That wasn't in the manual.

3- these two former police officers aren't as quick to respond as they used to be. After a particularly rough collision with a rock in some shallow rapids, a couple of us were tossed in the drink (I still think DH might have given me a little push). While I was hanging onto the side and being bashed against the rocks, the girls took an inordinate amount of time deciding on a rescue technique that wouldn't mess hair or break nails. Granted, we were all trying to carefully position ourselves to avoid a repeat of Deb P's aforementioned erotic rescue.

4- a surprising naivety was displayed. Explaining her BFF loyalty to DH by suggesting something about me that included "even drunk", "wouldn't touch", "ten foot pole", and "last man on earth". Fair play but she later requested that I (the designated blog author) not mention certain embarrassing things (like catapult, butt-bouncing raft entries) in the blog and that certainly seemed more than a bit hopeful.

At the end of our soggy rafting adventure, we tried to quickly clean up and prepare for our first taste of night driving in Costa Rica.


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25th December 2013

Great pics of your whitewater adventure! The photos themselves were enough to get OUR adrenalin pumping. Feliz Navidad y Feliz Ano Nuevo to the three of you.
25th December 2013

I want to know if you were just testing the water to see if it was warm enough?
25th December 2013

Maybe that's why you got tossed out of the boat. Didn't they tell you that you needed a paddle?! Has DH topped up your life insurance lately?
25th December 2013

I'm trying to work out what DH did with her sunglasses? Sometimes she has them on and sometimes she doesn't!
25th December 2013

A bit of air paddling yourself there Bic!!!
25th December 2013

Something tells me that the title of this picture is a bit far fetched!!!
25th December 2013

Maybe DH thought she had to make it look like she was trying mouth to mouth after your toss from the raft! Either that or she was trying to push you under!
25th December 2013

You are a braver woman than I DH! But I think your hands are hiding the fear in your face!
25th December 2013

This is a fabulous photo!
25th December 2013

Very cute couple!
25th December 2013

Very nice photo!
25th December 2013

Oh God! and I thought you were just doing this for one day!!!!!
25th December 2013

Love the look on Bic's face! Hope this wasn't when you came out!!
25th December 2013

Man you guys are officially nuts!!
26th December 2013

WOW is all I can say, amazing photos and looks like it was a tough few days! How come there were no photos of you Bic zip lining through the trees?!
26th December 2013

are these the paddles of the rafters who didn't make it ?
26th December 2013

hey deb, you look terrified... was it worse than standing on the lakeshore in dec waiting for a bus of potential "johns" so we could get or numbers ?
26th December 2013

hey bic, you've got a little something on your back.
26th December 2013

Now Bic, stop big noting yourself, I can see Deb P's paddle in there too!
27th December 2013

They have the grip of death on those paddles... LMAO!
27th December 2013

Baaahahahahahahaha!!
27th December 2013

Wow! Almost looks good enough to eat!
27th December 2013

That Zip Lining stuff is so much fun!!
27th December 2013

Really nice Picture!
27th December 2013

That Flower is a bit of what I look like when I have to get up at 4am everyday to come into work for 6am :( ..... Well maybe just my hair .....
27th December 2013

WOW! Very cool :)
29th December 2013

Amazing
29th December 2013

Look at the double D's given er
29th December 2013

Ok Vic how many of those rocks did you hit?
29th December 2013

Love the face Deb
3rd February 2014

looking good as always!!
3rd February 2014

no bad!!
3rd February 2014

very nice!!
3rd February 2014

wow.
3rd February 2014

paddle, paddle.. :)
3rd February 2014

LOL

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