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Anne Turner Feb 10, 2016 at 02:42 PM

Hello. I'm a single woman in her early 70's, not as fit as I wish. I'm debating whether to bring my walking sticks for added stability and stamina. Thoughts, anyone?
Pete Wilbur Feb 10, 2016 at 03:03 PM

Bring them. There were a couple of times I wish I had mine. You are going to have a good time. Pura Vida!
c. Mannheim Feb 10, 2016 at 06:50 PM

you won't be able to use then on hanging bridges, where you'll want your hands free to holds the "rails." but there are a few other places where the uneven ground might make them handy to have along.
Clara McCall Feb 10, 2016 at 08:40 PM

I am in my "early 70's" and in good health. There were some trails that I would definitely have used my walking sticks if I'd thought to bring them.

sue jordan Feb 10, 2016 at 10:46 AM

I will be traveling to Costa Rica on the May 9 tour. I am wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a lightweight binocular?

June Damanti Feb 05, 2016 at 07:24 AM

Is there room for backpack on boat tour of Tortuguero NP canals? Doesn't appear so in You Tube videos. I'm trying to figure out how to take along rain gear.
c. Mannheim Feb 05, 2016 at 07:39 AM

yes, I carried my camera gear via backpack (and never let it out of my sight). rain gear? tie rain jacket around waist or carry folded poncho - an umbels isn't going to work on the boat
c. Mannheim Feb 05, 2016 at 07:40 AM

umbels = umbrella
June Damanti Feb 05, 2016 at 09:10 AM

Thanks...good to know because as I said, videos appear to show very cramped seating and no apparent place to stow a bag.
Clara McCall Feb 05, 2016 at 09:41 AM

The canal boat in Tortuguero leaves/returns at the end of the sidewalk by the cabins. Nice rain ponchos and life jackets are provided, so no need for a backpack.
June Damanti Feb 05, 2016 at 09:44 AM

Good to know. Still will likely need my pack though since I will have camera equipment.
c. Mannheim Feb 05, 2016 at 10:14 AM

there were 18 in our party - many of us had seats to ourselves, with extra space!
Pete Wilbur Feb 05, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Agree with Clara. You will have plenty of room. pura Vida
June Damanti Feb 05, 2016 at 01:19 PM

Thanks everyone. My group will have 18 as well, so looks like no worries. Pura Vida :-)

c. Mannheim Feb 03, 2016 at 08:15 PM

Heads up. If you plan to do any hand washing during your trip, bring along a sink stopper - very few bathroom sinks had this feature. Wash on the first night of your hotel stay, as you'll need both nights to dry your items.
Clara McCall Feb 03, 2016 at 08:27 PM

Useful comment about the sink stopper. I had completely forgotten that I had to stuff the sink drain with a sock. I guess that worked well enough that I didn't waste a memory cell remembering, but it WOULD have been nice to have a real sink stopper. PURA VIDA!!! :)

Jean Gilman Feb 01, 2016 at 01:34 PM

For anyone who needs a good hat for sun protection, I have worn Sunday Afternoons hats for years for hiking and golf. The style I buy has a wide brim, stampede strap for windy weather, a flap in the back to protect your neck that can be folded up with Velcro tab, and is lightweight and easy to pack. Website is www.sundayafternoons.com.

Myrna Nachman Jan 31, 2016 at 11:47 PM

Wow, terrible. I hope that, aside from that--and that's really awful--the trip was enjoyable. Obviously RS and Holbrook know what happened. Maybe they will change the place for the future. Did other people in the group have the same thing happen?? Geez. Thanks very much.

Myrna Nachman Jan 31, 2016 at 10:52 PM

Sorry to hear this about the Wyndham, but thank you for the information. When did this incident occur? Was this part of a Road Scholar trip. It doesn't sound like it if you left belongings at the last hotel and then went off touring, or did you extend your trip? Can you clarify? Thanks.
c. Mannheim Jan 31, 2016 at 11:01 PM

it happened during the program, sometime between 1/19 & 1/31. arranged with help of rs/Holbrook. they had cut off my ziptie to get into the bag, and out a different one, about two sizes larger. a very systematic and predatory approach. that's why the heads up is in order.
Myrna Nachman Jan 31, 2016 at 11:16 PM

I still don't completely understand this, but thanks for the warning. I'm sorry this happened to you. (It is 1/31 right now, at least where I am, so I imagine that this was not this year.)
c. Mannheim Jan 31, 2016 at 11:39 PM

yes, I'm home today. Don't imagine, just take it at face value. This year. This January Beware.

c. Mannheim Jan 31, 2016 at 10:32 PM

Just a heads up in the last hotel - the Wyndham. I'd stored a suitcase there with my winter coat in their secure area while touring the country only to discover on my return that it had been gone thru, presumably in search of valuable items to steal. Management was pretty defensive when I reported this to them and just didn't think it could happen because the storage room is under surveillance (which is worthless if they don't review the videos). Disconcerting to say they least. They have a systematic theif on board, but don't want to know about it. So trust and safety vis a vis the employees at this hotel are an issue. Just be aware of this situation and limit your exposure to risk.
Pete Wilbur Jan 31, 2016 at 10:44 PM

Good heads up tip. This was a nice facility. Just goes to show stuff like this can happen at any place. Thanks for passing this along so future rs travelers can be alert.
c. Mannheim Feb 10, 2016 at 06:55 PM

update: Wyndham claims to have fired the guilty party, but given their gross indifference at the time, I told them I wouldn't be persuaded of their trustworthiness unless and until they replaced my friends's missing camera. stay tuned. or not.

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