Friday, January 4, 2008

Our First Day in Paradise

Date of Entry: January 4, 2008

My name is Chris Young and I have volunteered to be the first blog in this newsletter to keep everyone up to date with the Osa Peninsula. Of course I am being assisted by two lovely ladies, Gaby and Francesca. After cramming all 16 students, 9 girls and 7 boys, into the most well equipped vans money could buy we left Xavier University. The twice delayed flight out of Dallas however, was well worth the beautiful scenery that greeted us as we entered Costa Rica. As the small hopper flight took us to Puerto Jimenez we sat in awe of the landscape and greenery that awoke before our eyes as the sun rose. We were buffeted by intense winds, but it was hard to be afraid as we stared across mountain ranges and deep green valleys. When we landed we loaded ourselves into two vans with open backs. As we drove through Puerto Jimenez, Dr. Farnsworth and Dr. Blair entertained us with information about the lush scenery and varied animals that we passed. As we continued this trail, leaving the stresses of civilization behind it became us, the animals, and nature- our own piece of heaven.

We have finally arrived at the Morgan Jungle Lodge. We are secluded in lush flora as far as the eye can see. The beach that is 100 feet from us or less at high tide, offers a 360 degree view of pristine natural landscape, beautiful water, and mountainous ranges in the distance. The weather is absolutely perfect, warm and sunny with a breeze of the sea and fresh forest. The animals are out to greet us. Within the first 30 minutes of our arrival we have seen a sloth perched high above in an almond tree, Halloween crabs scurrying across the beach, lizards scampering to investigate the newcomers. We have heard the infamous howler monkeys nearby but are assured that they will be out in the morning to wake us to another beautiful and adventurous day. For once in our college careers, we are excited to wake up at five in the morning. Tomorrow our group is going on a horseback ride and then a creek hike.

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