Remember the Snorkeling Day from Hell?

Well… If any of you read THIS POST?you might remember the snorkeling “adventure” day from hell that Andrew and I had while in Costa Rica. Well, one of the girls we met, Lindsey posted some pictures of the dreaded day?so we stole some from her since our camera was broken (thanks Lindsey)?and posted them for all to see. Now you can?maybe get a tiny?feel for our pain that day. All the pictures are HERE but I’ll just post one for dramatic effect.

These are our boats… leaving us… stranded on the miserable beach in the miserable rain. Goodbye boats!

If you didn’t read it before, then it’s worth a read now. I’ll just post the good part (and remember, this is the short version):

Hey all?Leaving for Arenal in 10mins so just jumped online quickly. Thanks to everyone who replied, Ive read them but dont have a lot of time to reply to everyone individually. The point of this email is really just to quickly fill you in on what happened yesterday. Such a crazy story. In short, we went on a snorkelling trip to an island but when we got on the boats to come back, the sea was too rough the boat drivers (2 boats went) dropped us off at some random beach with ONE guide and left to drive the boats back themselves. Our guide then didnt tell anyone where he was going really, just mumbled something in spanish bout going to find the road and disappeared into the jungle. It was POURING tropical rain and very windy. There was about 17 of us and suddenly we were stranded on this beach in the rain with nothing. We trekked into the jungle for a bit and found a shack for shelter. It was starting to get dark by this point and we literally didnt know what was going on. A couple of the guys tried to find a path out but it was blocked by a swamp and we couldnt see any way through. There was a costa rican guy with us who told us there was crocodiles in there anyway so we shouldnt try to pass.? We went back to the shack and lit a fire with what dry wood we could find. Hadn’t stopped raining the whole time.

This idiotic tour company had literally dumped us on this beach cos they had no back up plan whatsoever if the seas turned bad and they couldnt drive us back in the boats. When I say the seas were bad, we’re talking up to 30ft swell and these boats were about 18ft long- it was so scary. The walls of the swells were towering above the boats. There was nothing to hold onto in the boats either. Really scary experience so before we realised the predicament we were in on the beach, we were actually glad to be back on land.

So we built a fire and started planning to spend the night there (im not joking). We started to think aobut food – there were coconuts and lime trees near by but the sound of the monkeys was getting pretty eerie to go out and start looking for anything else. The girls were getting a bit distressed by this point because we were literally preparing to spend the night – ?it was exactly like Lost. There were about 4 americans, the token aussie, some french, brazlians and mexicans and the costa rican family.?

Finally about 3 hour laters and dark – our tour guide came back in bare feet and no shirt. He said he had?walked through dense jungle in his bare feet and found a road and followed it. A couple of people had phones but they couldnt really get a signal. We ended up having to?walk another 20 mins along the beach, through more jungle and cross a river that was up to my?waist (now?I wish I’d had a hepatitis A shot) and get to some other dirty shack in the end that was worse than the first -we then had to wait another? hour for a bus (mini bus, no 4wd). Finally got out of there but we were overloaded by 7 people in a bus that was not made for muddy, pissing rain terrain. Was nuts. Aboslutely nuts. This is the short version. We got back to the city we’re staying about?4 hours late and it turns out the tour company hadnt even known what had happened until an hour after we were due back – the boat drivers had thought they could solve the problem by themselves and screwed up majorly. We got all our money back for the day but it wasnt really worth it. I will tell the story in more detail but wanted to pass the basics on.?gotta run, the bus is here..now its 7 hours of hell to get to the volcano.
The adventure continues?

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2 thoughts on “Remember the Snorkeling Day from Hell?”

  1. hello hello! What a crazy adventure you had!!

    Just thought I’d let you know I’m now signed up for YDU 🙂 and I also (from your inspiration) have started my own 101 in 1001. I’m really excited so thank you so much for posting it on your blog!!!

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