March 29, 2012
John: Today we visited a cocoa plantation, where a dazzling Latin American man-guide (who had a striking resemblance to Alan Rickman) told us of the names and uses of a variety of plants, including lemon grass, ginger, star fruit, cinnamon, bananas, cashews, and cocoa beans. He proceeded to explain the process of fermenting the cocoa beans and then roasting them for production. We were then treated with a lunch of fresh fruit and plantation-made chocolate sauce. Our next activity of the day was by far the most breathtaking. Soaring above the trees on zip lines hundreds of meters long, we got a bird’s eye view of the rainforest canopy. This was one of the few times where we had rain fall, but I feel that in that moment we were able to experience the true rainforest.
Peter: During the rest period back at the lodge, Helen taught that sexy beast Peter how to make wire bracelets, while Mr. Gray obliterated any foolish enough to challenge him to a game of ping-pong. He ruthlessly slashed the air with his paddle; his eyes alight with the fire that can only be inspired when deep in the throes of the glorious battle that is the game of ping pong. The tension in the air could have been cut with a knife, so intense were those matches, I personally found myself breaking out into a cold sweat while simply watching them twirl about the field of battle.
Love the rivers
Our heritage is based on a profound love of our rivers. The founders had it in their blood and it is here where we like to cast light on the great outdoor experience.
P R E V I O U S P O S T S
- FLMSP Trail News, April 2016: Monarch & Bee Lifeline
- Walnut Hills Students feeling the Pura Vida
- Have you fooled with Mother Nature Lately?
- St Mary's Group arrives safely in Costa Rica!
- The St. Mary's School's 8th graders Prepare for their Big Adventure!
- Friday March 30- Our last day: Community Service
- March 28 update from John and Peter
- Day 3 - Creeking and riding in the Rainforest
- Day 4
- Walnut Hills High School Arrive in Costa Rica
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