Kayak-Sailing and Fire Ants

Off to the Laguna Arenal today for Scott’s inaugural kayak-sail attempt – a success! Of course, we assembled the homemade bamboo sailboat on a number of small fire-ant nests, only to have series of stinging sensations telling us we were stepping on their homes. Those tiny little buggers can bite! While Scott tested the waters, the rest of us made our way along the shore scoping out tropical groves for bright Costa Rican birds of all shapes, sizes, and fashions – binoculars in hand. A number of egrets graced our voyage, along with birds of yellow bellows here and red wing-tips there. The sky: clear and blue; temperature: about 20 with a nice breeze.

We made our way over to our friends’ house with a few acres of land. Iguanas scampering, monkey’s howling, bananas ripening, flowers basking, and bugs biting. Everything thrives here. Plants upon plants grow in coexisting networks of tropical fusion.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by martin/marrs on January 29, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    Pesky, annoying fire ants!!! Love the Canada Flag. What is all the green vegetation on the lake that Soctt is kayaking through? Great bamboo, army fatigue sail.


  2. Posted by gmarrs on January 29, 2011 at 4:06 AM

    glad to see life-jackets being worn ;)


  3. Hey bro just catching up with your blog. Interesting fact regarding the fire ants(wow that sounds like something dad would write) there is a insect bite scale called the Schmidt Pain Index (Which Sting Hurts the Worst?), done by this guy name Schmidt who went around the world getting stung by insects and ranking them between 1-4(4 being the worst). Funnely enough he only gives the fire ant a score of 1.2(which is second lowest only to the sweat bee) (Fire ant: Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet & reaching for the light switch.). Thought that might make you laugh cause i imagine that it still must have bloody hurt like hell no matter what Schmidt says. Take care little bro.

    Kellen Marrs


  4. Posted by Carl Hunt on September 5, 2018 at 6:01 AM

    Love your PVC outrigger You have a post on how you made them?


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