It\'s been a long time comin\'
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Mark and I had been planning to go to Costa Rica together for years before we actually took the time and money to do it.
Mark and I met in the US Army when we were stationed in Germany. We hung out some, partied together, did some traveling, but we weren't really good friends until the end and after we both got out we really started talkin and hangin out. He lived in the D.C. area and I, as always, moved around a lot. When we came up with the idea we were both stoked to go on a third world surf trip, but neither of us really acted on it until one day we were on the phone and just planned it, simple as that we were booked.
We got into San Jose in the late morning, I came through San Fransisco and then through San Salvador, he came from DC through Miami.
On the road to Jaco we got a bit a a foreboding sign, the roads in CR aren't close to what we would call standard in America. They are dark, windy roads and there are quite a few fatalities. We happened to see one of these fatalities on a back road just outside of an unnamed town. Apparently a man had been trying to cross on a blind corner when a car came around, we both kinda gauked for a second and just kept driving. We tried not to dwell on it much, "lets just get to the beach".
We finally got into Jaco and found a quaint little hotel to stay. Hotels are great in Costa Rica, especially in the off season.
After we found a place to crash, fed the pet monkey, and unpacked our bags, we went out to get a feel for the locals and get some surf advice.
We found a little bar/cafe for some dinner, a place out on the side walk that still had shelter from the rain(another forebodence, but it was the rainy season after all). Come to it though, that was the only rain we saw the entire trip.
So we talked to a few locals, got the feel of the place. Found out that the water is disgusting in Jaco. "no, you don't want to surf here. no waves here now, go south" Well, there goes our day or two in Jaco, oh well, Southbound it is.