Alpha 4´s Rob, gives a poetically penned account of life in La Amistad
After spending 3 days of crazy paint parties, salsa and a horrendously wet and muddy jungle experience, we set off for our environmental phase in La Amistad National Park.
The bus journey was long, but the banter strong, punctuated with inspired jokes from Jack, the common, frustrating theme being that they lacked an obvious punchline. We continued our journey across what seemed to be the Bridge on the River Kwai and prayed our bus´ herculean efforts up the steep slope at the far end would not be in vain.
They weren´t. We were greeted by the formidable ranger Don Olman who led us to our home for the next three weeks, and the immediate impression was that we were in luck. We took a moment to take in the awesome views across the ethereal hope to Panama and check out our salubrious shower block, complete with resident giant spider and moth!
Alpha 4 set to work with typical energy and efficiency…although now I look at it, Amy, Ciara and Dara´s tent technique has a lot to be desired, as it slowly sags as the days pass.
Despite our impressive work ethic, we have not finished rebuilding the trail by Day Three as Alpha 4 presumed with characteristic optimism. Still we have created some highly attractive stairs and irrigation ditches, and Don Olman is seemingly pleased with our determination and enthusiasm.
A4 has been through so much, in so little time, including the experience of an earthquake (no damage to note), and the inspired creation from Andrew and Jack of the United States of La Amistad (USL). Our constitution is proudly displayed with our daily elected president wearing an increasingly grimy shirt of power, leading 5 states (tents), five senators and ten congressmen and women. Sunday´s Radio Raleigh was also an event of note – the mock BBC report convincing some that they´d tuned into the World Service, and the tuneful Whitney tribute barely leaving a dry eye in Amistad.
Tomorrow we celebrate Amy´s birthday and sing our national anthemn in her honour, and salute Raleigh Photographer Ale, as she heads north to join the Turrisantos trekkers.
So all the best from Alpha 4 and the USL, we´ll be back in a fortnight.