Mal's Dad here, signing in for my first guest blog entry!
Everything is amazing and wonderful. Currently, Mallory and I are at the rancho/guest house (communal space) of our host/owner, Eric Rivkin, deep in the jungles of Costa Rica. About 100 yards down a mountainous trail are our private cabana's (sleeping quarters). Made of bamboo shelters covered with screen and tarp to keep the rain and critters out. Inside are our tents, very comfortable, providing a wonderful nights rest followed by an incredible morning vista. The rancho and cabanas are akin to something Robinson Crusoe would have built, really.
The country is very mountainous and beautiful and it is the rainy season right now, so late every afternoon we can expect a torrential rain fall followed by beautiful evenings. Think Jurassic Park. Tonight is amazing, not a cloud in the sky aside from the glint of a mad thunderstorm off the far western horizon. The night sky is full of stars - all in the wrong positions of course - and the milky way is visible and breathtaking (for lack of another word). I wish I could patch in my brother Erik so he could dial us into an Iridium Flareup ...or anything celestial
Tomorrow, my third and final day here at La Joya del Sol (jewel of the sun), Mallory came much earlier, we will depart by truck, bus, cab and bus again to Monteverde by way of San Isidro del General and the main city, San Jose (where we flew into). In Monteverde we will ride the famous zip lines of the rain forest, A popular tourist activity. Located in central north Costa Rica, Monteverde is also near the very active Arenal volcano and a must see.
As always, Mallory is an exceptional expedition leader ...she arranged everything for me. The eco-tour of a life-time. I've only freaked-out twice - once a Priekestolen moment as Mallory got dangerously close to the edge at the top of today's waterfall ..whew.
Costa Rica is both beautiful and rugged, Many ex-pats find their way to Costa Rico and to this region of the country, definitely off the grid. They retire, buy homes and live out in this extreme jungle.
Our diet has been amazing, very organic, very raw. It includes some of the most wildly bizarre fruits and vegetables to be found anywhere in the world. Our host, Eric, is many things: owner/operator of this amazing retreat, professional photographer, conspiracy theorist, UFO believer and, according to his peers, one the foremost gourmet raw vegan chef's in the world. Our meals have been fantastic if not brilliant. You can see in one of the pictures provided that Eric is photographing a tort which he and Mallory made this morning. My job was to pull up the bamboo screen so he could get a better shot. Mallory found great humor in this as Eric is quite the perfectionist and apparently my feet were in one of this shots and he would have none of that. Artists.
Thanks for reading.