Written by Chez Chesak, and reprinted with permission from Everett Potter's Travel Report.
In the Costa Rican jungle, at the base of the zipline tower, she balked, refusing to go any further. With my family all geared up in harnesses, helmets and gloves and the guides egging her on, our 8-year old daughter was not only afraid of the zipline – she was too afraid to even climb the tower that would kick off the tour of several ziplines through the park.
At only about 20,000 square miles, Costa Rica is a country that is packed with a vast variety of climates and landscapes, and the country remains a big ecotourism destination, as well as a goal for those seeking nothing but resort pampering or off-the-charts adventure. Beaches? Check. Volcanoes? Check. Biodiversity? Absolutely.
Kellyn, a 23-year-old college student studying to be a social worker, recently returned from a Peru family vacation, where she traveled with her mother. They spent two weeks hiking, exploring, catching up, and enjoying introspective time. Of all the experiences, though, the most valuable for her was the strengthened bond between mother and daughter, one she'll take with her as she finishes college and moves into adulthood.
You’re lugging a backpack that seems to be filled with rocks while your purse strap slowly strangles you. Your stroller and suitcase are rolling in two different directions, the baby is hungry and the big kid is whining about having to walk. You’ve got a booster seat balanced on your head like a basket of exotic fruit while you slowly nudge the baby’s car seat across the floor with your foot. Yet, somehow, you’re making forward progress through the airport. And then… ah, yes… the smell of a freshly filled diaper begins to waft through the air, right on schedule.