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Inuksuit in Costa RicaApril 16th, 2009

The inukshuk (plural inuksuit) has long been used by Inuit peoples to guide hunters and travelers safely through barren landscape. These stone landmarks, usually in human form, suggest a spiritual nature, and perhaps even signify how our very existence requires a strong, solid connection to the earth.

InuksuitINUKSUIT MAY HAVE BEEN USED FOR NAVIGATION OR A MARKER FOR HUNTING GROUNDS OR A FOOD CACHE.

 

Rosi Jory, an eclectic artist from Canada, created three Inuksuit in the center of our base camp on Playa Quesera. The figures seemed to all look carefully out to sea. At first glance, the inuksuit seemed out of place situated beneath a coconut palm. However, on further reflection, their significance became appropriate.

 

David and Rosi had engaged a Canadian based company to guide them safely through various experiences in Costa Rica. Following our brief stay at Bella Vista mountain retreat in Turrialba, we traveled by ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula, where the paddling would begin. On the ferry, Rosi enthusiastically practiced her Spanish with local women who were traveling to Montezuma to visit with family during Easter week or Semana Santa. She carried with her a laminated cross-language chart that helped to facilitate conversations between non-Spanish and non-English speakers. 

 

Ferry GalsROSI JORY SHARES A MOMENT OF LAUGHTER WITH A LOCAL WOMAN ON THE FERRY FROM PUNTARENAS TO PAQUERA.

 

The weather was absolutely perfect for the five-day paddling experience. Calm conditions prevailed and allowed us to explore the Tortuga Islands, Bahia Organos and the passageway to Isla Negritos. The wind freshened on day four so we decided to switch our paddles for hiking boots and ventured into the tropical dry forest to observe wildlife. We were rewarded with sightings of numerous birds: Trogons, Motmots and a Laughing Falcon. Howler Monkeys also appeared trailside.

 

WernerWORLD TRAVELERS, THE JORYS ARE OPEN TO ANY NEW EXPERIENCE THAT INVOLVES PADDLING.

 

Following our paddling and hiking excursions we always returned to our home and base camp on Playa Quesera. It is fitting that Rosi placed the Inuksuit in the center of the campsite. We were greeted by the quiet sentinels each time we arrived.

 

Safe passage is granted if we are patient and we listen carefully to Mother Earth. We must also follow her moods very carefully.

 

Pura vida,

Bruce