Monday, February 27, 2012

Exciting Adventures

I wanted to share two of the adventures we did in Costa Rica, with all of you. First we went to the beautiful Tortuga Island. It had clear blue water and white sandy beaches. We took a catamaran there and spent the entire day being adventurous and then the boat brought us back. It started out with a lovely customary Costa Rican breakfast at the ship dock. The boat ride was about an hour a half to and from. On the way there we saw dolphins, I was too intrigued to snap pictures. When we arrived at the island we immediately prepped to snorkel. I've only snorkeled a few times but this was probably the best I've ever taken part in. There were so many fish with such vibrant colors. We had planned to take pics underwater with our phones, but Kory's waterproof case broke just before we were ready to dive. Since his broke, we didn't dare try mine. Bummer. While we were snorkeling, some of the tour guides were prepping are lunch so it was ready when we got back. They played wonderful music for us as we ate our 3-course meal. Heaven.


After we snorkeled I was itching to ride a horse!! I had no idea there would be horses to ride at Tortuga Island. I about lost it when I found out(this is totally on my bucket list AND my 25 before twenty-five!)! Costa Rica is VERY mountainous, so riding a horse for the first time ever, was intimidating. I would do it again though, I loved it! I love horses. They're so beautiful. Look at these amazing views from Kory on his horse...


Moi! :)

I was such a happy camper.

As we strolled through the jungle on our horses, our guide decided to share a crocodile with us. Eek!

And we saw a turtle...

We rode our horse on the beach. One of my biggest dreams ever!

Our second adventure was zip lining. This was an absolute must for Kory. I'm just slightly uneasy when it comes to heights so I was nervous, not scared, just nervous. 
I'm all geared up and ready to go here...

The tractor's taking us to the top of the mountain to get started...

Look at Kory, so B.A. This pic is intense. He was a master zip liner.
 Ok, this is where I'll enter my zip lining story...
There were 12 stations where we were zip lining. Each of the cables were different lengths, some being fairly short while others were rather long. Their longest cable is 2,400 feet. There were also times that we were anywhere from 700-1000 feet above ground(at some points I felt like we were definitely higher). Craziness, in my opinion. Back to my point. There were about 7 of us on the tour, not including the guides. I was the very last one to go every time. So by the time I would get to the platforms everyone else would have already gone, except for Kor, he'd be hooked up and just about to go. Everything was going fine and dandy. I had just started to lose my nerves and really find a rhythm, then I get to platform 6 and see this... 
 My heart dropped all the way down to my butt! I frantically kept asking him why he was upside down and he just kept saying oh why not and this is how you're supposed to go on this one! I looked at the guides and said,"NO...no no no! No way am I going upside down!" They kept telling me that I had to on this cable, that there wasn't another choice. I made them swear that they weren't lying and that I had to be upside down on this one. They promised me and it took 4 of them to hook me upside down because I was so nervous. The photographers kept saying, smile smile! This is my "I'm really not sure about this," smile...

My emotions went full circle on this one cable. It was full on panic mode at first. Then I prayed to God for my life. I mean I actually had a chit chat with God. I told him that my harness was just a little loose and that I needed some encouragement to get through this and to please let me survive, of course. Next it was, "Oh this isn't so bad, it's just like being right side up..." Then I looked down and it was back to panic mode. haha.
When I got to the other side everyone was woohoo-ing and cheering for me. I told them to stop woohoo-ing that this wasn't exciting! lol. One of the friends we made on the trip told me that she couldn't believe that I had gone upside down, that she was too scared to and so was her husband. I immediately said, "WHAT?! You mean you didn't have to go upside down??" She laughed at me and told me that no one had to go upside down it was purely preference. The tour guides totally lied to me just to get me to go upside down! I'm such a sucker! Didn't they know that I was terrified?! ALSO, Kory didn't mention that I could pass on going upside down. WHAT. A. TURKEY. Sigh. In the end, I'm really glad I went upside down. It was the most terrifying thing that I have ever done, but I really feel like I accomplished something. Like I conquered the world. I'm a little bit braver now. 
OH, another thing that makes us braver? We survived a 5.8 earthquake together. I really feel like Kory and I can take on anything! ;)
This trip was pure craziness bundled up and sealed with a kiss. This was the first trip that I have ever been on that I wasn't ready to go home by the end of it. I wanted to stay longer. I loved all of the crazy and adventurous quality time my husband and I had together.
Next time we meet, I'll talk budget. Until then, have a fabulous day!
-M

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