The Waterfall Adventures of Costa Rica

I have officially fallen head over heels in love with this country. So in love that the idea of leaving has grown completely out of the question. 

A visit to two beautiful waterfalls has fulfilled some sort of longing inside of me. All I ever dream about is standing at the base of a magnificent tower of endless streaming water. To stretch my arms up high and feel so significant despite how tiny I may look in comparison to 300 feet of water soaring down the chute. 

And as if it wasn't enough to climb 850 steps down into a volcanic crater and lose myself in the mist of the falls, I built enough trust in myself dive into a lagoon and swim it's width. 

Bosque Alegre Wildlife Refuge
Picture this: 
A day in July
looking up at the cloud-covered sky
emerging from the center of a soothing body of water that could swallow you in a matter of seconds not knowing what lies beneath you,
and not caring. 
Treading water for your life
360 degrees
my perception of depth of field 
the lagoon surrounds my hovering body and all I can see is a blur of different shades of rainwater.
And I focus in on the green, mountainous valley in the distance. 
A real green, not the fake green that I grew up with. 
I am not afraid of sinking.
Because despite of the danger, the unknown, or that the safety of water's edge lies half a mile away-
adrenaline has conquered all of my fears, 
and in that moment - I could do anything, have anything, be anything. 
The fear has fallen beneath the surface, but I have not. 







Catarata del Toro Waterfall 




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La Fortuna Waterfall


If I could relive this day over and over again, I would do just that, and nothing more.

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