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Sunday, 13 November 2011
X-ray 1 (Turrisantos Trek) Blog Update by Emma Jacob & Serena Glynn
A beautiful day greeted us as we arrived at the start of the Turrisantos Trek. Geared up with our backpacks and local guide, Helbert, we set off on a path leading us into the jungle. X-ray 1 was on snake patrol as Helbert cleared the way with his razor sharp machete. Heavy rainfall had left us a sludgy mud path and to add to the excitement, Helbert pointed out a poisonous snake along the trail. The next few days only heightened our sense of adventure as we spent a night in “murder mansion” (infamously named after its previous inhabitant killed his brother with an axe). Here, we played our first game of ‘Mafia’ and formed our group contract, written on Barneys t-shirt. Some of the favourites are; “singing is allowed... but not encouraged”, “laugh more than 50 times a day”and “limited amounts of bad jokes by Buncan (Barney and Duncan)”. That same t-shirt is now covered in sweat and mud after a challenging trek to the top of Volcan Turrialba and has survived its first 21km day trek, however, we can’t say the same for the writing on the shirt. During this time, along with endless kilometres of trekking, X-ray 1 have raided many pulperias, inhaling sweets and crisps like they hadn’t eaten for days (some more than others). Fuelled with Costa Rican goodies, X-ray 1 defeated endless hills and muddy paths through a day of relentless rain without knowing where they we going to stay that night. 21km later, a local Costa Rican unexpectedly offered us shelter for the night. Here we are now, gathered around the fire, showered and drained of energy, awaiting freshly cut pineapple, courtesy of Vic. The next few days will bring some highs and lows and we’re not just talking about the hills, but it’s nothing X-ray 1 can’t handle.
The beautiful campsite at Silencio
Bravo 3 in their standard ´food drop´attire
Put your back in to it Molly!
X1 split up the food for the next 5 days
Guest blogger Serena wishes every day was a refried beans day