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Free as a Bird-Costa Rica Community Service

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Yesterday, we embarked on a journey from the northern reaches of Costa Rica to mountainous Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Our hotel, Hacienda Guachipelin, is located at the foot of one of Costa Rica’s largest volcanoes, Volcán Rincón. As soon as we arrived, all of the trip members were suited up and able to view the Costa Rica rainforest from a bird’s-eye view through a zip line tour. All of the trip members were especially proud of Dylan and Taylor for overcoming their fear of heights and completing the zip line tour as they whizzed across streams, trees and waterfalls. The afternoon at Hacienda Guachipelin was spent horseback riding through the woods at the base of volcano Rincón. Sarah G. rode her horse like a professional jockey as they strolled through the forest.

After a day of zip lining and horseback riding through the rainforest, trip members were able to reflect back on the trip and show their personalities through the “Dating Game.” Adam volunteered to act as the host. During the game, trip members selected personalities of individuals that we’ve met along the trip and celebrities to impersonate. Sarah L., Seth and the trip leader Nick were selected to be in the “hot seat”. Allie F. was recognized for her hilarious rendition of Rick Ross and Sponge Bob Squarepants. Jamie R. was recognized for her portrayal of “Andrea,” a tourist that we met along the way that was obsessed with capturing sea creatures and frogs. Melanie was also recognized for her portrayal of the “lizard terminator” from our previous hotel. A special honorable mention was given to Emma, Sarah L., and Seth for volunteering twice to act in front of all of the trip members.

On day two of our adventure at Hotel Guachipelin, our guide brought us on a short hike to a waterfall. The trip members relaxed and enjoyed the morning swimming in the cold, fresh spring water at the base of volcano Rincón. As the afternoon progressed, we arrived at a natural hot spring and mud bath. Melanie, Sarah G., Jamie Wa., Jake Su., Reid and Taylor enjoyed the spring so much that they painted themselves with mud twice! That’s all for now!

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