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A Return to Costa Rica

Darlene and I were able to extend our stay in Costa Rica following Nacho and Adriana’s wedding and we each got to enjoy some new areas of the country – this time during their very wet and rainy “green season”. (All of our arrangements were made through Costa Rica Rios.)

We started off with a few days in and around the very popular and very busy Manuel Antonio National Park to see the wildlife – three-toed sloths, white-face monkeys, caiman, basilisks, spiders and snakes (on my!) – and enjoy the beaches.  We stayed at the Gaia Hotel and Nature Preserve.

After Manuel Antonio, we were transferred further south and a little bit inland on a rough road to the remote Rafiki Safari Lodge for four nights.  From the lodge we managed to get wet in numerous ways: smashing waves on a raft on the Rio Savegre, walking through a heavy waterfall, careening down a water slide, wading into a roaring whirpool beneath another waterfall, soaking in the lodge’s hot tub and of course hiking in the rainforest – in the rain.  We were also treated to our guide Kenneth’s extensive knowledge of the jungle and life growing up in the nearby very small and remote villages.

Our next adventure was a steep hike up to and an overnight stay in The Cave, behind the Diamante waterfall near Los Tumbas.  We also explored some additional trails and came upon another even more insane waterfall as well as an unexpectedly long climb/hike to a not-so-nearby swimming hole.  The next morning, Darlene opted to do the optional rappel down between the twin falls near the cave:

From there we were transported south to Osa Peninsula and had a boat transfer through the mangrove waterways out to Drake Bay and La Paloma Lodge.  Over the following four days, we had a scuba dive trip out to Caño Island, a guided tour with Tico to see lots more wildlife in a bit of Corcovado National Park, a very entertaining and somewhat eventful kayak outing (ask Darlene) in a river channel as the tide came in and a long day’s hike along the coast and the edge of the rainforest to see some (ahem) non-existent baby sea turtles. (Again, ask Darlene. ;-)

A five-and-a-half-minute video montage of our whole trip.

Click through for the full gallery:

   

See also separate gallery from our rainy day visit (before the wedding) to the Rescate Wildife Rescue Center.

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Pirates of Cache Creek 2016

Pictures and video from this year’s annual Pirates of Cache Creek event with the Outdoor Adventure Club – click through for the full gallery:

  

And a short video montage of the weekend:

(Three minute video montage, 122 MB)

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Road Trip: Through Idaho

Highlights from the Idaho portion of our summer road trip to Yellowstone:

   

We stayed several days in Boise: biking through town and up on some of the trails above the city, floated the Boise River through town, successfully solved (and escaped) the house in Boise Escape and made a side trip to historic Idaho City. After Boise, we visited the World Center for Birds of Prey, stopped off at Three Island Crossing (Oregon Trail crossing of the Snake River) and camped overnight at Craters of the Moon National Monument.  After exploring the lava formations we continued on to Idaho Falls, stopping off for a tour of the world’s first nuclear power plant, Experimental Breeder Reactor #1.  Our final leg included the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway and camping near West Yellowstone.

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Pirates of Cache Creek 2015

Pictures and video from this year’s annual Pirates of Cache Creek event with the Outdoor Adventure Club – click through for the full gallery:

  

And a short video montage (130 seconds) of the weekend:

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Costa Rica – Coast to Coast

I just returned from a fun and challenging little adventure (arranged through BikeHike.com) where a group of eight of us made our way across Costa Rica from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean entirely under our own human power… and a fair amount of gravity assist!

We started in Quepos, on the western coast, and we proceeded to bike, hike, raft and kayak our way entirely across the country until we reached the eastern coast and the Caribbean.  We mostly camped at sites along the way and a support vehicle carried our gear but we otherwise made our way from one coast to the other.  Along the way, we encountered (or sometimes befriended) caiman, monkeys, sloths, toucans, turkey vultures, frogs, bats, snakes and some biting fish, as well as numerous insects including various spiders, ants, butterflies and a particularly aggrieved, giant grasshopper.

Click on through for my gallery of photos and videos from the trip:

   

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Pirates of Cache Creek 2013

Pictures and video from this year’s annual Pirates of Cache Creek event with the Outdoor Adventure Club – click through for the full gallery:

 

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Tunnel Chute Crash!

Pictures and video from a day of rafting the Middle Fork of the American River with the Outdoor Adventure Club — including our spectacular tunnel chute crash:

  

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Remembering Cassie

Cassie Elliott, a wonderful, joyful person — and friend — died earlier this month.  I’m posting this as a memorial to share a stream of photos from our adventures together, mostly with the Outdoor Adventure Club, since I first met her in December 2008.

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Rafting the American River

Pictures and video from a day of rafting the Middle Fork of the American River with the Outdoor Adventure Club and Wilderness Adventures:

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Pirates of Cache Creek 2012

Pictures and video of the pirates of the Outdoor Adventure Club descending on Cache Creek last weekend:

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Pirates of Cache Creek 2011

Finished putting together the pictures plus a little video for the “Pirates of Cache Creek” rafting weekend with the Outdoor Adventure Club.

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North & South Forks American River

Pictures and video from a weekend and camping with the Outdoor Adventure Club and Wilderness Adventures on the North and South Forks of the American River:

  

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Rafting the Upper Klamath River

Pictures and video from a three-day rafting/camping weekend with the Outdoor Adventure Club and Wilderness Adventures:

  

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Pirates at Cache Creek 2010

A pirate weekend of rafting and camping on Cache Creek in Northern California with the Bay Area Outdoor Adventure Club:

  

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Peru and the Inca Trail

This is a collection of photos and video clips from a ten-day trip in Peru
with the Bay Area Outdoor Adventure Club, Bio Bio Expeditions and Terra Explorer Peru.

  

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Rafting the Middle Fork American

A fun-filled rafting and camping weekend on the Middle Fork of the American River with the Bay Area Outdoor Adventure Club and provided by Wilderness Adventures:

 

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