Adventure Day!!

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Oh my goodness! Today was amazing! This time we did a tourist track adventure. I was able to convince the group to do “combo number 4” which was canopy and canyoneering. However, Don and Prof Clark pooped out on us and stayed behind. After an 8:30am breakfast, we meet at the reception area to take a bus over to the canopy. Canopy is better known as zip lining or in this case, zip lining through the rainforest.

We took a peak in the center’s poison frog garden (like a butterfly garden) and saw an amazing painted frog. We’ll have to ask Prof Clark’s son what species it is!

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The poison frog we found in the frog garden. Look at those colors!

The zip lining was so cool. We went on the seven cable track. For the first line, Nick and Akhil were both pressing down with their back hand too much in the beginning which slowed them down a decent amount. Nick ended up having to pull himself in about 10 feet which isn’t that bad. However, Akhil stopped halfway. We were trying to shoot at him to have him pull himself in but he apparently couldn’t hear us. The guide ended up going out and towing him in to the dock. It was hilarious. 🙂

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On our way up the mountain!
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Akhil and Nick anxiously waiting to go down the first zip line.
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Akhil stuck out in the middle of the cable.
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Akhil getting towed back to land by the guide.

After that excitement, it was a much more smooth adventure. The views were amazing. Although, Nick claims we were going too fast to really enjoy them. My favorite line was the one where we just let go of the line and coasted through the forest. I just got to lean back and enjoy the ride. Akhil liked the fast ones because he didn’t have to worry about not making it to the end.  😀

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Akhil successfully zipping in to land.
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The view around one of the zip tracks.

After the zip lining, we scampered over to the canyoneering. Yet again the ambiguous name hides a really cool extreme adventure. Canyoneering is, in this case, rappelling down a water fall. Yup. That’s right. We headed into the forest and rappelled down two dry areas and two wet ones. The hike between the rappels was almost as much fun as the actual rappel. We had to climb over boulders and jump and wade through creeks. At one point they had us actually cannonball into a water hole that was at least seven feet deep!

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Nick coming up from the water hole.
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Emily landing after the second rappel.
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Akhil making his way down the second rappel.

At the second rappel, I began it well and was actually jump rappelling. It was great. Until I missed the ground and tried to go for the wall but it had disappeared. There was a jut out in front of the wall near my feet. As you might have guessed, I face planted into the wall of the cliff. Sigh. I was fine though! I didn’t even drop my cable! I made it back down in one piece with only a little scrape on my leg. And boy, was it an adventure!

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Nick heading down the second rappel.
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Emily zipping down the last line.
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Akhil after his successful second rappel.

Once we got back to the canyoneering starting point, we were given the option of jumping into a quick rinse off shower, handed a warm, dry towel, and herded up the stairs to food. They had a slideshow going of our photos already and served us a buffet of rice, beans, pineapple, and a few others that I don’t know what to call them but they were good!

They drove us back to the hotel where we worked on sensors until dinner. We ended up going into the “village” and got pizza of all things. Then we shopped around for a little bit. The boys bought a few souvenirs and I got myself a magnet for my collection. Finally, we came back for more sensor work of course. The Ph sensor is almost working and the CO2 sensor is good to go!

All in all, today was an awesome day! We zip lined through a rainforest, rappelled down a waterfall, and shopped in the village. I’m happy!

See ya next time!

Emily

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