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On one of the days in Costa Rica, we went white water river rafting on the Savegre River.  Our tour was conducted by the Amigos Del Rio group.  We chose the full day adventure down the Class 3 rapids of the Savegre River.  The adventure started with a bus ride to a way point about an hour outside of Manuael Antonio.  From there, we climbed into a 4 wheel drive hum-vee type vehicle for another hour drive deep into the rainforest.

Here are some pictures from the adventure.

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We started off slowly and then hit some major rapids.  It definitely looks scarier than it felt at the time.

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They referred to this section of the river as La Boca del Diablo or the Devil’s Mouth.

There was also another section of the river we got to “surf a hole” – a technique where you are paddling upstream against the flow of the river and keeping up – too cool to describe.

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We were fortunate to have a great tour operator and boatman (Ramirez) leading our raft.  Only a few of us fell out of the boat and were quickly rescued!  This was an amazing and thoroughly enjoyable day on the river.

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We just got back from a week of vacation in Costa Rica.    This time we rented a beach house in Manuel Antonio Beach.  Manuel Antonio is a small beach town about a 3+ hour drive from the capital city of San Jose in Costa Rica.  We rented a car at the local Budget and drove the 130km to our slice of paradise.

Here are some pictures of the kids on the beach behind the house.

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Each day we built a (bigger and bigger) sand castle in the hopes of battling the high tides.  Each morning we would come out to see the waves had wiped clean our hard-work!

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One of the features of the beach house was the daily monkey crossing.  We got to see a troop of monkeys crossing thru the back yard.  The monkeys would stop by pretty much every afternoon for plantains and flowers.

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In between the beach and the monkey sightings, we enjoyed the wonderful backyard and pool.
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During the week, we also did a day of white water rafting and one day of a canopy tour.  I’ll post those pics separately.

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Cross Country season started and Annika and Nikhil ran their first 5K’s of the season at the Guy Poncy Memorial 5K held at Anaheim Stadium.  Here is a link to the race results which were not easy to find!

Nikhil picked up where he left off last year and ran a 20:41 (6:40 pace).  Last year at this time, he got just over 26 minutes.  It was a very cool course and the kids got to run on the field inside Angel Stadium.

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Annika ran her very first 5K with a goal of 30 minutes.  She sailed through that and got a 28:49 and got 3rd place overall in the 14 and under Girls Division.  Too much fun!

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Here she is with her medal!

khare-blog1111After the race, I took the kids to the Angels dugout for a group picture.

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