Rafting for the final day

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The last full day with the England gang and Simon and I thought we better find something fun for us all to do together. Ahhh rafting!! Always fun to capsize and bob down a white water river....

With Simon and I in a 2-man kayak (a la 'duckie' from Argentina fame!), Mitch in a one-man kayak (despite it being his first time white water rafting!) and the rest of the gang in a big raft, we started off on the gentle-at-first Sarapiqui river. The river was beautiful, lots of wildlife to see on our way and the water was very warm. The guides pulled a few people in for an involuntary swim (we tried to ignore the fact that we had indeed seen caiman alligator things on this very river on Day 1) and we bobbed along the river nicely.

Then the rapids started and we were soon enjoying the thrill of the white water.

Simon and Mitch looking oarful
We were doing very well until we were pelting down a particularly strong rapid very fast and we realised that the high rock wall on the bend of the river was getting alarmingly close. Going so fast we didn't stand a chance and went smack into it at about 100mph (OK slight exaggeration). Our duckie flipped over, we were under the water with the boat on our heads and then we went bobbing down the river. This has happened to us on all our rafting trips in the past so we just got our feet up, grabbed our oars and let the river carry us down. Mitch was right behind us, as he too went smack into the wall and capsized too. Its good to share. Dad and Simon swapped places so that Dad was now the duckie captain and Simon had a go in the big raft with the gang.

The big raft made it past the wall no probs but they still had drama awaiting them.

The last supper
.... hahaha...

We stopped for refreshments after about an hour on the river and enjoyed fresh fruit and drinks. From here, Mitch and our guide decided it was time to jump off a bridge into the river and we all watched, slightly worried, as Mitch dropped like a lead balloon into the river, about 30-40ft. He survived the drop but, as Steve put it, ''he is fine, he just has 2 little lumps in his throat''.

Off we went on the river again, and this time 2 rafters were catipulted out of the big raft and went for a dip. It was Sue and Steve who went for a swim and Sue must have been thirsty as she drank half the river on her way along. All recovered and back in the boats for the last bit of the river. Once we were all on dry land again, we enjoyed a cold beer before heading off in the bus to a restaurant for lunch. Then 2 hours back to San Jose.

Our last night with the England gang and we were reunited with Leo and Luba who had just returned from a (rather crap) diving week in Manuel Antonio. We went out for dinner at a rib shack and enjoyed a lovely evening of good food, beer and reminiscing about  the adventures we had all had in Costa Rica.

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All aboard
All aboard
Simon and Mitch looking oarful
Simon and Mitch looking oarful
The last supper
The last supper
Sarapiqui
photo by: txmissie