TOWSON, Md. - The University of Scranton volleyball team is spending the week in Costa Rica, and sophomore Kindler Norman is taking us along on the Royals journey.
There was a lot of horsing around in Costa Rica this morning...
This morning five of us (the other players went to a catamaran) rode horses in the mountains. While we were eating breakfast, about fifteen horses came down from the mountainside in a single file line. Once we finished our meal, we met our horses. Mine was named Coyote, and he was a chestnut colored horse with a short black mane. Most of the time, the horses were walking which was nice because we could enjoy the scenery without having to worry about falling off. We could hear toucans in the canopy above us and the roars of the nearby rapids.
About an hour and a half later, we stopped at a waterfall. We had to climb down the rocks “iguana style”. When we reached the bottom, we saw a concealed waterfall. There was a rope attached to the other side, so we could pull ourself under the falling water and to the other side. I went under twice, and each time, the water pushed me under. For about three seconds it was scary because the water was tossing you around; however, it was completely worth the rush when you came up on the other side.
We then rode the horses back to the restaurant. On the way back, they broke into a trot which was extremely thrilling. If you ever go horseback riding, wear long socks and pant so your skin doesn’t wear off!
Yesterday, we competed against a local team. We won in three sets-not by much though! It was a very close game. Afterwards, we got to spend some time and eat with the players and their families. There was an obvious language barrier, we always seemed to come to an understanding which led to many laughs. I cannot emphasize enough how hospitable and nice Costa Rican’s are.