A Journal, with Pictures

Central America Golfito and Zancuda Lodge

by on Mar.26, 2015, under Flying

We wake up and look out at the lake and can’t see across it due to fog, ouch, looks like more adventure today.

 

We get to the airport and and our take off is delayed until after ten, but if all goes well we can make it. We fly to Belize City, refuel, clear customs and are in the air for Liberia, Costa Rica. We fly over the mountains above clouds and land in a twenty knot wind with thirty knot gusts right down the nine thousand foot runway. Customs and refueling seems to take forever since our window to get into Golfito is getting tight. As we land Carol and Stan Jensen are taking off so they will get there. Finally we are in the air and we now face thunderstorm build ups along the coast so we pick our way over land on the coast verses going out over the water into the build ups. Golfito airport is hard to find in a valley off the water and its getting dark and now raining. We are the last plane in, and as expected we have more adventure. The following video is Stan Jensen’s approach earlier in the day. I know my terrain warning system works since it was screaming “pull up, pull up” on base and final.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JYH_9Napq4

We unload the airplane and tie down, of course we get soaked but we are just happy to be safe and sound after six and a half hours of flying with a very sporty landing at the end. We are taken by cab to the boats and then are whisked in the dark to our new home for the next few day, Zancudo Lodge. Zancudo turns out to be a wonderful resort, and the drinks tasted awfully good as did the dinner waiting us. No trouble sleeping tonight.

The next morning some went deep sea fishing, some relaxed and some explored the lodge and surrounding “village”. Mike and I checked out the village, quaint and quite.

In the afternoon we took a tour by boat of the mangroves bordering the rivers that flow into the gulf. Lots of birds and millions of mangrove trees. We returned just as the fishermen arrived at the dock.

 

It was time for cocktails and dinner after a very interesting first day in Zancudo. On our last day we decided to take a tour of Matapalo which is located on the peninsula across the gulf from the lodge. A boat ride to meet our guide then by car to the jumping off point for our long walk that took us into the forest, onto one of Costa Rica’s famous surfing spots, up to a water fall and we finished with a cold local beer at a road side restaurant. We saw lots of birds and animals and dodged a rain storm by running into one of the lodges along the road, just a little more adventure. It was interesting our guide predicted the rain because the howler monkeys started screaming. While seeking refuge we met some people from the US, one of whom was from Mikes town, small world.

We all gathered for a group picture, then had our final dinner together. John and Peter were given a big round of applause and thank you from the group for the great job they did organizing and leading the trip. We have amazing volunteers in COPA who give of their time and talent with a, make things happen, can do attitude. It is recognized and appreciated. This was a great group of people who became friends by sharing a truly unique adventure. Tomorrow we start our trip home.

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