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Walnut Hills has Talent!

March 28, 2010

Our last day on the Osa....it seems like so much has happened in just one week! Today was our "chill" day. We had a group go into town to go shopping, and others that just stayed at the Lodge to enjoy the final day at La Finca Guanabana (Morgan's Jungle Lodge). The talent show was on the agenda for the evening so we all had some practicing to do on our routines throughout the day. After a delicious dinner of fresh Mahi-Mahi that "Uncle Gary" grilled on the beach, and excellent Gallo Pinto made by Jacky, we had the evening entertainment with the talent show! Prior to the show, our driver Marvin had a lottery where he had us all pick numbers out of a hat. The winning number was....Ariel(our little Mermaid!). Marvin had gotten some souvenirs from town as the prize(after pretending like he gave an empty bag of some trash!). Even though he doesn't speak a word of English he manages to make us all smile and laugh!

The talent show had a surprising amount of inventiveness! We started out with the "Stawberry-Cicle Girls" (because they were all a nice shade of pink and white) singing it's "A Party on the OSA" with lyrics to the tune of Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA". This was performed by Abby(Mr.Schnure's daughter), Crosley, Maryn and Mary Cate.Then we had Shelby,Ammarin,Melanie and Graham singing "Nature"(an orignal song they wrote). Very clever and funny. Next up was Ariel and Walter singing "Summertime" which was sultry and just right for the weather. Chas and Adam did a dance-who knew these soccer dudes can dance like that? Mr.Schnure,Jane,Walter and Nick entertained us with "Hey Hey We're the Monkey's"...singing into their banana microphones. And last but certainly not least we had India performing a rousing edition of Tina Turner's classic"Rolling on the River" with the Hot Mama's as the back up(Arienne,Briaonna,Moira,Ann and Linda) dancers. 

Our CostaRican judges took their jobs very seriously as you can tell from the picture....The winners were:

  • India and the Hot Mamas-1st Place!
  • Chas and Adam-2nd Place
  • Ariel and Walter-3rd Place

A good time had by all.....

Next we had a bonfire on the beach and roasted marshmallows. We said our good-byes to our new CostaRican friends. I think the girls will especially miss Killian who they all think is "muy Guapo"! 

See you back in Cincinnati!!!

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India, congratulations on getting first place in the talent show. We miss you. See you soon.
Terri 1:07PM 03/29/10

Bill Schnure and the chocolate factory

March 27, 2010

Our big adventure today was a visit to the Finca Kobo Organic Chocolate Farm.  This was a great adventure and educational experience.  Our beautiful guide Flora led us through the farm and explained farming practices in Costa Rica including growing pineapple, bananas and plantains.  On to the chocolate partÖ.they explained the different ways of growing cocoa trees.  In Costa Rica, the cocoa trees have been attacked by a mold that has limited production of cocoa beans so that Costa Rica imports chocolate rather than exporting it. They showed us how the beans are fermented and then de-shelled and ground.  We had a chance to taste the raw cocoa bean.  After the tour, we sat at a long table and ate chocolate cake and fresh bananas, pineapples and watermelon that we dipped in pure chocolate sauce.

After the tour, the bus drove to the public beach near the harbor in Puerto Jiminez and lazed around for several hours, playing in the warm water and having a picnic lunch. Adonnis brought us his two foot long pet iguana and he passed him around.  Mid afternoon we headed back to the lodge, washed up and rehearsed for Saturdayís talent show.  It promises to be quite entertaining and we should be able to get some of it on video. Following a pizza dinner, we are sitting around the lodge and chilling (in a warm sort of way).

-Walter and Linda Grayman

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Hi guys! Glad to see you all enjoying the local foods . chocolate, but I think it really is a universal feel good food. Adam I would recognize those legs anywhere. It is okay about the camera, you and that camera have been everywhere, so just ask everyone to take pictures of you and email them to us when you get home. I love you and enjoy the trip. Mom.
VALENCIA 9:34AM 03/28/10
All I got to say is, "Bring home some chocolate, girl!!"
Craig 11:34PM 03/27/10
Hello all! It looks like everyone was having a great time in the water. That was some throw in the water. Great job fellas:). I hope everyone is enjoying their final days. Arienne I can't wait to live thru your pictures and stories. We miss you soooo much! I'm also very happy that you got to experience this wonderful experience. Memories do last a lifetime! Well everyone enjoy and we parents look forward to your safe return. Love ya Arienne! Smooches;)
Shalawn 10:22PM 03/27/10
Mmmmm! Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. It seems clear to me that this was the best day of the trip.
Terri 10:07PM 03/27/10
Hey Jane! We miss you down here! Hope you are having a great time
Rachel 7:23PM 03/27/10
It sounds like another wonderful day in paradise. I look forward to a video of the talent show. Graham, I can't wait to see you and to hear about all of your adventures. Love, Mom
Cathy Fowler 2:45PM 03/27/10

Bloggin' in Paradise

March 26, 2010

Moira and Gary at the internet cafe, sharing our adventures with you!

Moira and Gary at the internet cafe, sharing our adventures with you!

 Hi all, what a trip we are having! Gary and I have been having fun administering this blog....as you may tell from the photo, the open air internet cafe is right on the beachfront and the view is just gorgeous! Not a bad place to blog! We have to come into the town of Puerto Jiminez in order to connect to the internet.

The kids have been great and it has been fun to watch how they have all bonded and become friends over this past week! It is hard to believe that just a week ago, most of them barely knew one another. They have been so much fun.You would be proud of them...they often come to ask if they can help and we often take them up on it! They all have been eager to try all the new experiences and have learned why this is such a special place on earth! They also have learned that the people here are happy even though they don't have all the "toys"like Wii's,cars, iPhones and in some cases, not even any electricity!! 

Today we have had a tour of an organic chocolate and coffee farm called Finca Kobo. The tour explains how they farm using organic techniques. You'll hear more about that later, but I have posted some photos in my previous post as a preview!

The trip is winding down, but the memories will last a lifetime! Thanks for sharing your children with us. 

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hi crosley
sawyer 11:07PM 03/26/10
You're gettin a little sun there Croz. Head start on the summer tan, eh? Ha. Sorry to hear about the ping pong loss. That's tough but 2nd place ain't bad. Anxious to hear about the organic coffee farm. Sure you impressed 'em with your coffee expertise. All is well here. Your little bro has a housefull of friends over this evening (I'm hiding in my room). Glad you guys are making the most of this trip. Many thanks to all you teachers, parents and Captins for looking out for this crew.
Craig Brammer 10:04PM 03/26/10
Hello team I'm so happy you all are having a joyus time and getting not only to learn about the way of life in Cosat Rica but each other as well. Im sure when leaving some of you have probably never spoken to each other so you all have really gotten a 2 for 1 on this trip.. EXPERIENCE AND GAINED A FRIEND...Now everytime you walk down the hall and see that newly gained friend, your gonna smile/giggle due the memories you all created together...Enjoy one another....I miss you Briaona...Love mommy
Alicia Griffin 7:43PM 03/26/10
So glad you are all having a wonderful time. The pictures and blogs are awesome. I really like the story about the gang of monkeys. Feels like we are traveling with all of you. Speaking of blogs, Adam, when are you going to do one. Love Dad
vincent adams dad 6:10PM 03/26/10
Hey Adam, way to go Ping Pong Champ. We woke up to snow this morning, yuck. I am sure you enjoyed the dulce. You are number 2 in the bracket. I love it when you smile. Mom.
VALENCIA 4:06PM 03/26/10
Moira and Gary, I am so happy that Graham was able to participate in this great adventure. It is truly a trip of a lifetime. It seems like they have been gone a long time even though it has only been a week. I love to see their smiling faces.
Cathy Fowler 2:51PM 03/26/10

Nature Hike and Big Waves!

March 26, 2010

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Graham and Chas were our student bloggers today....with a little help from Crosley!

This morning was filled with the harmonious sounds of howler monkeys, crashing waves, and the dinging of the breakfast bell. We had been expecting the obnoxious howling of the monkeys. (The loudest land mammal and sleeping teenagers are not a good mix, LOL!!). After a delightful breakfast of eggs and fruit we headed down to the hammocks for a lesson in rainforest culture. Adonnis, the guide, taught us about chart crabs, sea turtles, jaguars, and much, much more! Once the insightful nature hike was finito (finished LOL!!), we boarded the bus and headed for the beach front of Iguana Lodge. At the beach of Iguana Lodge the waves were HUGE, but thanks to the life jackets provided by Captain Morgan we were prepared for anything! Just in time, a beautiful buffet of local Costa Rican cuisine was there to pleasure our stomachs. After dining on a nice lunch we headed back to crash through some hard core waves.

Once our time at the lodge was complete we headed to the local supermarket and were granted 10 minutes of shopping time. CANDY, CANDY, CANDY!! (DULCES, DULCES, DULCES!!), that's candy in Spanish. LOL!! Once we returned to Morganís Lodge, it was a mad dash for the hammocks to have an afternoon siesta. After a long day we just chilled out and ate our market purchases. Mr. Schnure eventually gathered us up and organized a ping-pong tournament. The final game was between Adam and Crosley. After a grueling match Adam rose victorious. Miss Linda wanted everyone to know she came in 5th....not bad!!!! Pura Vida (Pure life) is the perfect explanation of this excellent day. TOODDLES!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Graham and Chas

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Hi Graham: Love reading all the blogs. Just read the one you did with Chas. What a wonderful experience. Great food, beautiful scenery, wonderful group of people. The zip lines sound like fun. I'll have to wait until you come home to find out what you thought. Take care. Love Grandma.
Grandma (Shirley Burke) 10:19AM 03/27/10
Hello everyone, Again your blogs tell me that you are having a great time. I hope that you are creating lasting memories and learning to appreciate all of the "things" that you have here. I am also grateful that you have had the chance to learn how much fun you you can have without your phones, ipods and video games. Enjoy the last days of your trip and be safe.
Terri 9:32AM 03/27/10
Whats up eagles? Its nearing the end of this unforgetable adventure that you all have had the opportunity to enjoy.... Reading the daily blogs it seems that everyone has been having a wonderful time.. I am happy to hear that all of you are getting along great and have formed new lasting friendships... Arienne can't wait till your return miss you and love ya lots.:-)
Rob O 7:50PM 03/26/10
Hi Jane, I read your horoscope today: "You get in touch with your humanitarian side as you see examples of the brotherhood of man all around you. Sounds like this could be said of your whole group. Miss you, love mom and dad. "EAT YOUR VEGGIES!!!!!!!!- Connor
Deb Corwin 6:49PM 03/26/10
Hello pretty crosley, it's mom. So cool all that you are seeing and doing.just left Canada and writing you from a ferry crossing the p sound. Can't wait to give you huge hug! Be adventureous, take pictures in your mind and daydream :)
Carol brammer 4:08PM 03/26/10
Graham, it is great to hear from you. I like the blog for today. Did you buy some candy? You look a little red; I hope you are using sunscreen. I love the pictures. And can't wait to see you on Monday night. Love you, Mom.
Cathy Fowler 2:31PM 03/26/10

Zippin' on the Zip Line!

March 25, 2010

Maryn and Abby are our student guest bloggers today! 

Waking up to a refreshing sunrise walk on the beach stimulated our senses for our rigorous day of adventure. Our breakfast consisted of homemade pancakes (thanks to Gary, Moira and Jackie) and fresh fruit. We piled onto the bus, and the drive into town was fairly short. From there we split up to go into different cabs. The road to the zipline lodge was very steep and bumpy.  As we disembarked our rides, very friendly natives, who were workers on the zipline, greeted us with enthusiasm. Our gear was laid out on the picnic tables for us to choose and the workers helped us into our harnesses and we were then ready to go.  

Walter, leading the first pack, was a little tentative about the heights, but eagerly stepped up to the platform and took off. The rest of us followed but had an extensive wait at platform 2 because we were the first group. The next few platforms followed at a quicker pace. Taking a rest at platform 6 everyone was getting anxious for the next zip. Abby, Maryn, Crosley, Melanie, and Ariel hung back in the waiting line in order to get a picture with the guapo (Spanish word for cute) worker. He gladly agreed and the rest of us completed platform 6.

The last two ziplines were the fastest and longest ones of all 8. Once our journey through the rainforest canopy was completed, we soon began yet another. Meeting and attempting to converse with the workers, who spoke very little English, made the hike entertaining.  As the lodge came into view, we quickly sprinted to the water cooler.  Who wouldíve thought that zip lining could make you so thirsty. After cooling off and removing our gear, the steep and bumpy ride back down the mountain was made. Marvin (the bus driver) was waiting for us to board his bus and take the group to our next destination: lunch! Eating at the cafÈ in town was very authentic. After our Costa Rican lunch, the group was able to do some shopping. Abby, Crosley, and, Maryn had an incident over inflatable floaty beach animals.  The owner of the store spoke NO English, not even hello.

We were trying to negotiate the price for 3 of them but he was stubborn in lowering his price.  The language barrier did little to help.  Finally we said ìno graciasî and quickly walked to our bus, which led us to our crocodile encounter.  Adonnis, a Baruca Indian guide and friend of the Morgan's, fed his pet crocodiles with fresh meat.  Due to the hot weather the crocodiles were hiding under the leaves in the lagoon, so we only saw 3.  From there we made our trek back to the lodge in our bus.  We are currently relaxing and playing movie charades. Looking forward to a good day at the sandy beach tomorrow!

-Maryn Lowry and Abby Schnure (baby schnure)

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India, I miss you. I am glad to hear that everything is going so well each day. I am happy to hear that the zip lining is over. It sounds really exciting and I am happy that everyone enjoyed it, but the thought of it made me nervous. We are very busy here. We have had a lot of rehearsal this week. The choir sounds good and Sunday's performance should be great. Anaya's teeth are pushing through and her scoot is almost up to a crawl. She misses you. I can tell that she is looking for you in the house. Continue to enjoy the break and all of you be safe in all that you do
Terri 11:17PM 03/25/10
Hi Maryn! Great job blogging with Abby! Sounds like you are having the adventure of a lifetime! The pictures are amazing, and the activities sound incredible. We can't wait to hear about your trip in person. Enjoy every minute! We love you! Aunt Joyce
Joyce Igel, Maryn's aunt 9:33PM 03/25/10
Hey Arienne I hope your having a great time ! So did you go down the zip line? Make sure you put your scarf on before bed!......LOL. Luv Ya Step-Mommy!
Reese 8:51PM 03/25/10
Your blog has brightened up the dreariness of our soggy Cincinnati day (don't despair, it is getting greener), In your spare time, try to come up with a place for zip lines at Walnut, perhaps from Sulsar down to Victory Parkway? - Jim. Okay, can we get some of that coffee in Cincinnati? From your descriptions I can almost smell the aroma here and I'm finding my morning cup doesn't satisfy any more. The zip line sounds amazing (seems everything is in Costa Rica)! Enjoy the beach! - Deb. Love to you Jane from Mom, Dad, Con and the livestock!
jcorwin 7:28PM 03/25/10
Hi Bear ! What a big day. Any video of the zip line ride ? That sounds like a huge zipline ? Anyone bang into any monkeys heading through the trees ? Hey 'Mar, need to use any sunblock ? Keep having fun. We all miss you a ton. Raining here and @ 50 degrees, 29 tonight. p.s. Was that you on the white horse in that picture from yesterday ? Much love. your Dad.
John (Dad) Lowry 6:54PM 03/25/10
I'm glad to hear that everyone enjoyed the zipline. The sunset pic was priceless! I'm still extremely jealous. You guys are there in paradise while we are here in the cold wet dreary Cincinnati. Enjoy and get some sun for me. Arienne we love and miss you! Oh we had your favorite for dinner tonight yum;). Smooches
Shalawn 6:47PM 03/25/10
Sorry if this is a repeat comment. I received a message that my first comment was not accepted. As not to repeat myself...keep the entries (and pictures) coming. Graham, I like your picture. Are you having your hair done? Love, Mom
Cathy Fowler 5:52PM 03/25/10

Caroline's turn to Blog....

March 25, 2010

Our adult blogger today is Caroline Driscoll

The adult chaperones are having no trouble with these smart, well behaved, adventurous young adults.  They are so eager to try new experiences and new foods.  It was quite easy to get them up and ready for the zip line this morning.  Gary set us up with Costa Rican coffee made the authentic way (a sock full of grounds ñ water percolated through).  Iím told itís amazing. Iím a tea drinker.  When we got into our taxi, our driver, Marcos started chatting with us.   We told him that Costa Rica was Muy Bonita. He corrected us by saying chicas (pointing at the 5 females in the car) are bonita, the country is BONITO. Zip line - amazing!  At the first and second platforms we were in the tree canopy.  By the 5th platform we could see the ground about 30 feet below.  A couple of the students and a couple of the adults were then able to relax and enjoy the trip a little more.  At the 8th stop we were sad that it was the last.  

The town of Puerto Jimenez is very small.  We shopped for 45min and I believe that most folks picked up souvenirs.  Adonnis gave us a tour of his eco friendly campground and coaxed 3 alligators out for us to see.  Returning to Guanabanna (Morganís lodge), everyone scattered, we needed water to cool down and clean up.  The cool pool, the ocean or the showers claimed all of us.  This helps us to deal with the humidity and heat.  The students read from their journals before dinner.  Each person shared what they remembered from day 1 to 4.  Bill Schnure and the Morgan family have set up a Spring Break adventure that has been a great way to experience the Costa Rican way of life.

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heyy croz, its Madeline. I miss you girl! i bet yall are havin soo much fun there. pictures look so cool. btw our show starts tonight, i'll tell you everything that happens! aightt love youu see you soon - madelbug
Madeline Brammer 7:40PM 03/25/10

Papa Schnure and Horseback Riding Group

March 24, 2010

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The kids have taken to calling Mr. Schnure "Papa" Schnure which makes Mrs. Schnure "Mama"!

Hey all,

Today our group went horseback riding in Corcovado National Park. Our group also saw monkeys called the Squirrel Monkey. Unlike the creek group our monkeys stayed up in the trees and did not interact with us. So far we as a whole have now seen three different species. The vistas we came to while riding were breathtaking. The vegetation is so thick and green. We have some pictures that we will try to get on the blog. Some of the riders also came across a long bright green snake called a parrot snake. (not poisonous) We had lunch at very nice lodge called Rio Nueve, swam in the creek and panned for gold in a former gold mine and found a few specks of gold. We then rode back on our horses to our pick up point and returned to town where we did some souvenir shopping and returned home to our lodge for kayaking, swimming, napping, etc. It was Italian night so we all enjoyed a heaping plate of spaghetti & meatballs.

I just want to mention that these kids are wonderful, very polite and well behaved. Makes my job here very easy.

-Schnure

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WOW, what an awesome experience you folks are having!! Warm waters, fantastic food, aweswome adventures, great friends, and some real wildlife!! Whoo Hoo!! Christine, we can't wait to see your photo's and hear all about your experiences in this beautiful land. We love you and miss you! Use plenty of sunscreen. Bet your horseback riding trip was the BEST EVER !! Love & Hugs! Mom
Charlene Cain 10:38AM 04/03/10
HI everyone, it is so good to get your wonderful daily narrations and photographs... makes us here in Cinci feel we are there with you! Keep up the good manners and the fun! Love, Bettina
Bettina Schmid 7:41PM 03/24/10
Dad...mom must have helped a lot with your entry because there are very few spelling errors in your entry. Looks like you guys are having a blast! I'm sure Mitch says hello and I'm also sure the dogs don't care if you come back because they haven't slept in their crates yet. Love and miss you guys!
Melissa 7:03PM 03/24/10
Hey guys, WOW on the video! That was awesome to experience! Adam, did you get a picture? LOL Did you see the rest of your blogs from Mom Missi and Aunt Dawn? The house is quiet and Tiger Lily is looking for you. Hold onto the zip line!! Love ya and I love it when you smile!!
VALENCIA 3:15PM 03/24/10

An Adventurous Trip to the Waterfall in Matapalo!!!

March 24, 2010

Crosley and Melanie cooling off in the crystal clear creek!

Crosley and Melanie cooling off in the crystal clear creek!

Today's students bloggers are Crosley and Melanie! I think they were utilizing some of their writing skills they have learned in English class!

Our heads bobbed side to side as we drove in the back of the old, blue Toyota pick-up truck, down the dusty gravel road. We parked at Esperanza, an open-air surf bar, and began our trek to the waterfall. In a single-file line, we hiked through the rocky creek and green rainforest, stumbling along the way. Suddenly, we spotted the innocent faces of the white-throated capuchin monkeys. Swinging down from the vines, they bathed their babies and frolicked in the pristine water. Standing in awe, we snapped our photos and mistakenly forgot to turn off the flash. The next thing we knew, there were twenty monkeys surrounding us with their fangs clearly visible; we were truly one with nature. Not only was this a once in a life time experience for us students, but Captain Morgan, himself, had never encountered such wild activity. The monkeys swung from branch to branch clearly marking their territory. We held onto each other, slowing backing away, when one jumped in front of our path. Not until Cap. Morgan banged the tree with his bamboo stick were we able to scurry past the frightened yet territorial monkeys. We kept eye contact with them until they were out of sight; it was as if we were having a staring contest. After trudging through deep water and climbing slippery boulders, we finally reached our destination. The waterfall was gorgeous. Morgan used his stellar, adventure skills to maximize the experience for all by capturing the poisonous dart frog by its hind legs. We climbed the waterfall and took turns jumping into the refreshing, crystal clear water. Fifteen minutes passed and we hiked back down towards the direction the restaurant. We ended our adventurous day with a hot plate of chicken, tomato, and avocado quesadillas. What a wonderful world. Hope youíre having as much fun as we are in Cincinnati!

With MUCHO love,
Crosley and Melanie

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Briaona I hope you having the timeof your life...We miss u beautiful...Yr family...Today is G'asia and Johneil birthday so we are partying without you but dont worry you know your mom busted a move for you haha...
Alicia Griffin 7:05PM 03/25/10
Hi Jane, What great stories you'll have to tell! Not many of us can say we've been surrounded by angry monkeys in a rainforest. Things have been a little wild around here too. Luna and Stella had Con and I surrounded…tails wagging…thinking quickly, Con fed them, disaster avoided…until breakfast. I think they're a little out of sorts with you gone. Sounds like your trip continues to be a great adventure. Glad Mr. Morgan has survival skills in the wild. Bear Grylls would be impressed! Looking forward to the next blog and more photos! Love, Mom
Deb Corwin 11:15AM 03/25/10
My oh my, you guys are a long way from Cincinnati, Ohio.... Poisonous dart frogs and monkey staring contests! Outstanding!! Food sounds wonderful too. Eat as many unusual things as you can find (within reason). Soon you'll be back on your Skyline diet. Thanks for the text today Croz -highlight of my day. Take care, and tell those monkeys to chill.
Craig Brammer 11:19PM 03/24/10
Hello Crosley, Loved your commentary. What GREAT writing. I felt like I was there! We are glad you are having a good time. We miss you and are looking forward to hearing all about the trip firsthand. Love you. -Mimi
martha brammer 8:50PM 03/24/10
Great blogging today. What a wonderful adventure. As I read along, I too felt as if I was there with you. You are all so fortunate to be having such a wonderful adventure. India says that there are lots of bugs. She hates bugs. Perhaps this experience will help her to be less afraid of them. Snorkeling, horsebackriding, boating, waterfall swimming, sightseeing, indiginous food. I am jealous. Enjoy the experience. Be safe.
Terri 8:03PM 03/24/10
Impressive narration. I felt as though I was right there with you. Good thing Capt. Morgan was there to ward off the monkeys. Of course we are having as much fun here in Cincinnati .... not...but we are happy you all are having such a wonderful time. Thanks for all the great pictures and blogs. Take care of yourselves and each other!! Love you, Cindy
Cindy 4:55PM 03/24/10
What an adventure! I'm sure that I would like your encounter with the monkeys. All of the pictures are just great; keep them coming. You are all so lucky! Hi Graham. Can't wait to hear more. Mom
Cathy Fowler 3:58PM 03/24/10

Day 4 at the Jungle Lodge

March 23, 2010

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Las Chicas en la Golfo Dulce!

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Heyyy family and friends it’s India, Briaona, and Arienne! From India- Mom I miss you and Anaya so much!!! Last night they played a horrible trick on me before dinner!!! They took a big robot spider and scared me with it! I HATE SPIDERS!!!!! I ran and jumped on the back of this boy Nick that’s how afraid I was!! I was dancing on the boat today trying start up a party lol.

From Briaona- I miss you mom, dad, and Charles!! Tell my sister I miss her. Today I went snorkeling even though I can’t swim lol!

From Arienne- I miss you mom, dad, bubby, and Dyah.

Today we went on a boat, went snorkeling and got tanned. Arienne—some of us got a little burned!! We had so much fun on the boat!!! We saw lots of fish and coral reefs it was beautiful. The only bad thing about snorkeling is the jelly fish that sting you. It’s nothing major they just irritate your skin for about five minutes. LOL .India kicked one jelly fish that made her mad and Arienne had to get away from some too. We met three locals-- Adonis, Akillian and Jordan! They were super nice. The boat was about 40 feet long and we were in about 500 feet deep.

When we were snorkeling it was only about 10 feet. We are having a great time, except for the Halloween crabs! :P Adams smiling!! Lol Miss you guys! Love you guys! See you soon!!!

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Hi Arienne, it's mawmaw and pawpaw. We miss you and hope you are having tons of fun! We look forward to your return to hear all the wonderful stories. Enjoy this monumental time in your life. Love you!
Katherine Faulk 10:53AM 03/24/10
Hey baby boy...probably shouldn't call you that on this blog with all your friends (LOL)! It looks like you are having a ball...you're so cute! Enjoy all that warm weather and be sure to bring some back to us! Mom sent us pictures of Jumper and she is a cutie, we can't wait to play with her. Well, make sure you eat healthy. Know that we love you...be good! :-)
The Coopers 9:05AM 03/24/10
Adam-I'm finally glad to see you actually smiling in some pictures...they are amazing. Sounds like you are having a great time. Be safe and can't wait to hear about your adventure when you return.
Missi - Adam's "stepmom" 8:52AM 03/24/10
I very much enjoy these daily posts. Sounds like an awesome trip. The pics are beautiful. Way to go Nick- keep the spiders under control!
David Wymer 8:44AM 03/24/10
Hey Croz - Sounds like you guys are having an outstanding trip! Fantastic!! All is well here. Momma is in Vancouver and doing well. She's comming home Tues. Taylor and crew are camping in KY this week. Super, Bug and I are holding down the fort. Things are good on DC, though I gotta spend a good chunk of April back up there. Looking forward to us all being together next week. Have a blast, and make sure you're learning something too. Beautiful experience you're having. Love, Dad and the Crew
Craig Brammer 11:14PM 03/23/10
Deb, Connor and I are inspired. We're planning a snorkeling trip in the Ohio this weekend. Hope to see some coral, but if we see eels we will definitely turn around Continue having fun
jcorwin 10:16PM 03/23/10
Hello to Jane and friends, hope you are having fab time, pics look gorgeous. How is the surf and when is high tide? Enjoy and stay safe.
The Connell's 10:15PM 03/23/10
All of the pictures look so great. India, that must have been some spider. As much as you like swimming I know that snorkeling must have been a real treat for you. But all that you could talk about was the spider. Anaya was much nicer today. She was in a much better mood. We had a very long choir rehearsal tonight. As ususal she was great. She visisted with everyone. I pray that the fun continues. Be safe in all that you do.
Terri 10:06PM 03/23/10
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Dirk Morgan 9:18PM 03/23/10
Brriiaaaoonnaa...You look so happy in the pitcure it make me tear up. Now girl u know you like yr mom and cant swim, so dont go in no water more than 3 feet..hahaha..I see the photo's and you all look like yall are having so much fun, please take plenty of pitcure's..Of course Im in the house ..bored..waiting on my bestieee to get back home...i will be waiting for you with open arms...O have u seen yr sister..lol...Yr phone has been ringing and texting and ringing and texting..but dont worry I responded to them all haha I knw yr not happy to hear that...SIKE...Miss u babyluv
Alicia Griffin 9:16PM 03/23/10
Hey Bria this Charles wanted you to know that I love u and miss u...Have lots of fun for me cuz its boring as heck and yr mom is buggin me since she dont have you here to talk to...Blah Blah Blah...O n yr sister not home yet haha...Love you baby girl...Your hair look nappy Ima have to take u to the shop when u get home lol...just kidding...
Charles Oden 9:11PM 03/23/10
Arienne, sounds like your having a blast, besides the sunburn;). We all miss you sooo much! I show Bubby your pics and he gets so excited and keeps saying your name. Keep enjoying yourself and STAY AWAY FROM THE BOYS:). I love you sweetie!!!
Shalawn 8:40PM 03/23/10
Adam and all, Sounds like a great time, we have left 3 other comments that are not posting, so I hope this one gets thru. Enjoy your blogs, Adam did you have something to do with the spiders? You are missed and loved... Love it when you smile.
VALENCIA and vincent 8:14PM 03/23/10
Hello Crosley, Madeline and Sawyer had dinner with us tonight. We are now walking to Graeters for a scoop of ice cream. We miss you, but we know you are NOT missing us with all the fun you're having. We like seeing the photos you send. Maddy wants you to come home soon. Keep in touch. Love you much. Mimi
Martha Brammer 7:52PM 03/23/10
Graham - I was reading the blog this morning with Will on my lap. He looked at the pictures and said, "Graham". Then he kept saying your name when I moved on to something else. I had to go back to the blog a few times to keep him happy. Hope you are having a great time! - Aunt Mary
Aunt Mary 6:03PM 03/23/10
I think that we are all jealous here in Cincinnati. Graham, I have sent the blog to Andrew and Mike and they want to know when it is their turn in Costa Rica. I hope that you did not get too sunburned. Have lots of fun. Dad and I miss your singing. Love, Mom
Cathy Fowler 5:23PM 03/23/10
Hey Arienne we miss u too..... Snorkling sounds fun and i'm sure the boatride was great, being out on the water in nice weather is awesome.... Well enjoy the rest of ur activities LOVE YA...... p.s. STAY AWAY FROM THOSE BOYS!!!! LOL
Rob O 5:10PM 03/23/10

Walnut Hills Counselors have fun too!

March 23, 2010

Linda Grayman and her husband Walter-los chaperones!

Linda Grayman and her husband Walter-los chaperones!

The chaperones are going to take a daily turn as well. This is Linda Grayman.

Day 4 was beautiful. We all took the bus to Puerto Jiminez driven by our wonderful and funny driver Marvin. He speaks very little English and still manages to tease the kids.We boarded the 40 foot boat with room to be in shade and out on the sun. Our hosts were Laura and Captain Bob who have lived here for 8 years from the states. We did our very best to order sunscreen frequently applied and t shirts as well.

By the end of the day we had some sunburned students in spots that they had missed. We went snorkeling in two spots with masks,snorkeling tubes and especially for me, life jackets. Our non-swimmer Briaona did beautifully. Mama Schnorr, as she has been nicknamed swam with her and she was kicking and looking at the fish. Some of us saw a black eel and a colorful blue fish. We feasted on PB & J on the boat with lots of water and fruit.

After we got off the boat, alas without seeing any dolphins, we shopped at a little gift boutique and returned to the lodge. Dinner was by the beach with burgers and hot dogs for a change of pace. It is amazing how the adults are ready to go to sleep by 8PM. Not so amazing the kids can last until 10 having a great time. The adults wake about 5AM although the howler monkeys have not been too loud…..must be further away in the rainforest. And the Costa Rican coffee is all it was advertised by Gary, hand drip and strong!

The two groups alternated going horse back riding or the creek walk today. More later on that. Please comment back to us. We had a group reading of parent and friend’s comments last night. It is great fun!!!

 

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The trip sounds amazing so far! Mom and Dad you guys look like you are having fun, keeping up with the kids and managing to get in some friendly adult recomendations on sunscreen :) The blog is so cool, I love being able to keep up on your adventures daily. Keep posting pictures. Watch out for those tricky monkeys! Love you
Lauren Grayman 10:15PM 03/23/10
Sounds like everyone is having a blast! When is the canopy adventure?
Michael Grayman 6:35PM 03/23/10

Day Three at the Jungle Lodge!

March 22, 2010

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 Hi guys! Great to get your comments! 

The group divided up yesterday into 2 groups....we had a group going to the creek/waterfall hike and the other 1/2 going horseback riding. Everyone very much enjoyed their experiences. The horseback ride was up in the mountains with gorgeous vistas of the rainforest and the Golfo Dulce beyond. The horses were hard workers as they climbed the steep mountain. After the horseback ride,a refreshing dip in the clear pristine,cold creek waters cooled everyone off!  

The other group was led by Gary down a creek and ended up in a beautiful clear waterfall. The water cooled everyone off and was enjoyed by all. A poison dart frog was spotted along the way by Mr. Schnure. Just about everyone jumped off a ledge on the underneath side of the waterfall into the small pool where the waterfall! 

Please check out the photo gallery...we will post more tomorrow. We are a little tight on time! 

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Briaon it's granny my trip was wonderful...Sittin on the beach in miami I did think about u....maybe next time I can go wit you and your class hahaha....Love Always Granna....Oh yeah and Melvin
Doris n Melvin Lawrence 5:05PM 03/23/10
Wasup Breezy (Briaona)? Hope you and the rest of your mates are having an unforgettable time. Dont forget to take alot of pictures. Love ya! Oh yea, Panda said Hi, "Rouf Rouf" ;-)
Amp Teez 4:23PM 03/23/10
Briaona I miss you and cant wait to see yr smiling face again......Daddy
Ronnie Kemp 10:24AM 03/23/10
All my life I dream of happiness, and when I look in yr face I see happiness.So that let me knw that dreams do come true. King daddy loves you babe.
Ronnie Kemp 10:23AM 03/23/10
Hey Briaona! It's your BM and i wanted to let you know that i miss you and i'm enjoying all the nice pics that are being displayed too! This is truly a time in your life that you'll never forget so remember to have fun and be safe love always and forever.....Remember to be nice lil Keisha :)
Nakeisha Thomas 10:19AM 03/23/10
Good morning to all of you. Sounds like you are having alot of fun and having an experience you will always remember. Arienne remember the plan, La misses you and I am awaiting your safe return. Love you Lil Miss Diva. Auntie Rose. PS. key chain might be out just grab me a pretty sea shell, or rock. lol;no dirt please.
Rosemary Oglesby 10:18AM 03/23/10
Wow! You are all so lucky to be enjoying such a beautiful place. Love all the pictures, keep them coming! How's the food and what are the cabinas like? Any new and interesting wildlife spotted? No one has mentioned the monkeys yet. Are they there? Have a great time, miss you Melanie. Love, Cindy
Cindy Erhart 11:37PM 03/22/10
It looks like you all are having a wonderful time. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I hope you soak in every moment. Also, each of you should remember to capture these great moments in your journals. Adam, I just wanted you to know that you are currently in 3rd place and I am in 42nd place. Miss you. Love, Dad.
Vincent - Adam's Dad 11:09PM 03/22/10
I too am jealous. I have never seen flowers or even leaves that look like some of those in your pictures. It looks like you guys are really having fun. It looks even better considering the cold, wet, overcast day that we had here today. India, Anaya is well. She was having temper tantrums today. She was doing a lot of growling. I think that she misses you. Keep those blogs and pictures coming. Be safe and have a great time.
Terri 9:29PM 03/22/10
Hi Jane I miss you!- Connor photos look great and the blogs sound like the narrative from an adventure novel (or a show hosted by Bear Grils) FYI there is nothing happening in Cincinnati
jcorwin 7:32PM 03/22/10
Hi to all and especially Graham. It is great to see your smiling face. It looks like you are all having fun. Have a great time and send as many pictures as you can.
Cathy Fowler 5:05PM 03/22/10
I am extremely jealous! Arienne did you jump off the cliff? I know you rode the horse. I hope everyone is having a wonderful time. Enjoy! Love ya Arienne
Shalawn 3:22PM 03/22/10

Day Two at the Jungle Lodge!

March 21, 2010

ARIEL IS OUR GUEST BLOGGER TODAY....

The sun is shining for another very warm and muggy day in Costa Rica after some adventures with crabs in our tents and a nice down pour of rain last night. We had chicken and veggies for dinner with a brownie and ice cream as dessert.

The tide is coming back in and the first group is leaving for a creek hike and lunch and a bus ride back to the lodge. The other group, in which I was put, is staying another few hours before leaving for a horse back ride up into the jungle and jumping into a pool of crystal clear water. We’ll have lunch once we get to the place where we’ll start the ride, and come back around 3:30ish. The lodge is so cool, and the area is so gorgeous. There are hammocks in the trees and the ocean is in the background all the time. I am in the lodge writing this on a word document with Graham and Adam playing ping-pong right by me and Crosley and Melanie sitting at the same table. A few others are scattered around as we wait to leave. This will be quite an adventuresome trip. After we get used to the heat :)

Ariel signing out!

P.S. To my mum and brothers and Jason – I wish you could see this place and be here, it is so cool. Mummi, I am drinking coconut water, and eating fresh fruit, I know you’ll be jealous haha.

I miss you and send you my love!

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dont forget about your peeps here, dont forget to bring me and Yosh back something from your adventures Mermaid. love ya, pj
PJ T 4:01PM 03/23/10
Hey Arienne and crew it sounds like you all are having a wonderful time... Can't wait to hear all about it and yeah Did you jump off that cliff??? Lol
Rob O 7:12PM 03/22/10
i really miss you ariel. stay safe in the jungle
Jason "the Redneck" Schmidt 1:37PM 03/22/10
Hey guys...it is really miserable here today, rainy and cold. Adam who the ping pong game? I was not able to go to Dallas with Dad, due to Delta overbooking flights. So think of me and Jumper while you are out hiking! Take pics and I cannot wait to read your blog. Love it when you smile! Mom
VALENCIA 12:47PM 03/22/10
Hi everyone ! Sounds so beautiful. Have fun, and keep the pictures coming. Miss you 'Mar'.
John Lowry 11:10AM 03/22/10
Great to hear from you Ariel! I am so glad the trip is as fabulous as we knew it would be. Keep eating that fruit and drinking that coconut water.... the best. Greetings and thank you to all, especially teachers and parents, for organizing everything to well. Love, Bettina
Bettina Schmid 5:39AM 03/22/10
It sounds like you guys are having fun. What happened to those crabs? Did they end up on the table? The beach and the water look beautiful. All of the plants look different. It looks very interesting. Anaya and I had a good day today. She is still working on her crawl and her teeth. We went to church and she visited with everyone as ususal. Jonathan and baby Jonathan came by today. They were surprised to hear that you are in Costa Rica. Be safe and have a great time. I look forward to seeing more pictures.
Terri 10:32PM 03/21/10
I bet the rain felt great! It sounds like a wonderful time so far. I look forward to reading your next blog... How about a few more pics??? Arienne we love you and hope your having the best time ever! Smooches
Shalawn 7:05PM 03/21/10

Walnut Hills Group on the Osa!!!

March 20, 2010

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Hello friends and family! We have arrived on the Osa Peninsula! Everyone made it down just fine with the flights! Gary was waiting for us with the bus which all 25 of us piled into (including our driver Marvin).

Our first night was spent at a lovely little spot on the Pacific, in Dominical,called Roca Verde. The kids enjoyed the pool and walks on the beach this morning and then got back on the bus and headed south after a yummy breakfast of huevos (eggs) and guaya pinto(rice and beans).  

After a flat tire, we made it the lodge around 2pm. Ariel spotted a sloth as she was resting on the hammock! The kids played in the ocean and we had a great lunch. Different students will take turns with writing on this blog, but today we are giving them a break and letting them stay back at the lodge and relax! All are safe and happy. We are having barbeque chicken tonight, and tomorrow the group is divided up with some horseback riders and some going on the creek and waterfall hike.

At a later date these groups will switch so everyone experiences both activities.Check back for more tomorrow.....

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Hi Maryn, We are sure you are having a good time. Can't wait to see you and listen to some of your experiences and thoughts. Love Nana and Papa
Papa Kuk 11:18AM 03/25/10
hi maryn! hope ur havin fun. we mss u!
Tim Lowry 3:20PM 03/22/10
Hey Bear!! so happy you are there safe, sound & having a ball! Love you, Mom
Cathi Lowry - Maryn's mom 11:16AM 03/22/10
Hello, everyone! We are so enjoying the daily news and the pictures!!! Enjoy this incredible and well organized trip. Thinking of you all, Bettina, Arthur and Alisander
Bettina Schmid 7:21PM 03/21/10
Happy to knw you all made it safe....Briaona we misssss you...Love u baby
Griffin Family 7:13PM 03/21/10
Briaona you look just like me with that big chheeessyyy smile. I love you baby...I know your having fun but I cant wait till you come home I haver noone to go get me snacks from the cabinets lol...Have fun beautiful.
Alicia Griffin 7:08PM 03/21/10
Greetings all, Anaya and I just got home and we were excited to see your blog. We have been looking for it. We are happy to know that everyone arrived safely. Like others, we hope that you will post more pictures so that we can see some of what you are seeing and enjoy the experience from afar. We will look forward to you daily communication. Be safe and have a wonderful time.
Terri 1:42PM 03/21/10
Thanks for the post. Looking forward to more pics if you can. Have a great trip!
David Wymer 12:37PM 03/21/10
Glad to hear that you made it safely. I eagerly look forward to the next report.
Cathy Fowler 11:23AM 03/21/10
Thank you Mr. Schnure and chaperones for the safe arrival at the Jungle Lodge. Can't wait for the next blog entry! Have fun!
The Corwin's 10:13AM 03/21/10
Good morning eagles hope everyone slept well Arienne, rian says hi(you know she doesn't say much....lol) I know u all can't wait to get out on those hikes and other activities.... Try to upload pics after you all zip line can't wait to see u bravehearts doing that..lol LOVE YA A.J. Daddy n Rian..:-)
Robert Oglesby 9:52AM 03/21/10
Hi guys, This is Adam's mom. Glad all 25 of you made it safely and I heard the fruit was fantastic! You should hold a contest and name the pet sloth. Is there any way to upload pics to you, like the ones from the airport? I am going to try to and get it added to WHHS web and the newspaper...Continue to enjoy the trip and keep sending pics. I love it when you smile.
Valencia 8:40AM 03/21/10
Hi Kids!!!! Wish I was there too! Have a great time, this is Arienne's aunt ChiChi :). Enjoy your vacation and don't forget my souvenier(wink) you know Im your favorite auntie! lol. LOve ya and be safe you all.
Teresa Myrick 12:28AM 03/21/10
Hi Nuts: Glad to hear everyone arrived safely. Enjoy your wonderful stay in paradise and remember the sunscreen! Re-apply, re-apply, re-apply! Melanie's mom, Cindy. PS Post more pictures if you can.
Cindy 12:20AM 03/21/10
The food sounds appetizing! I hope everyone is having a great time! Enjoy and make the most of it! Love ya Miss Arienne
Shalawn Faulk 10:57PM 03/20/10
Hey kids this is Arienne's dad hope u all are having a great time... Be safe n stick together LOVE YA A.J.
Robert Oglesby 10:02PM 03/20/10