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Posted: Friday, March 31, 2006 10:00 pm

Who: Kevin Jackson, of Winters. Felix Mosquera, of Drake Bay in Costa Rica. Steve Augusto, of Lodi. Jeff Shewmaker, of Rio Vista.

Occupation: Kevin is a self-employed engineer. Felix is a nature tour guide. Steve is a substitute school teacher. Jeff is a marketing executive.

The trip: Kevin, Steve and Jeff have been friends since childhood growing up in Rio Vista. Kevin met Felix on a previous trip to Costa Rica and they are working together to build a bed-and-breakfast and nature tour business in Costa Rica. We traveled to Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula in Southern Costa Rica. We did three days of scuba diving off Cano Island and went on nature tours of the rainforest in Corcovado National Park. We relaxed at Jinetes de Osa resort located in Drake Bay and had some wild boat rides to various activities. We also spent a couple of days in San Jose, Costa Rica, sightseeing and conducting business related to Felix and Kevin's venture.

Highlights: Watching the monkeys put on aerial shows each evening during happy hour. Getting very close and viewing a pod of humpback whales. Swimming with sea turtles and viewing many white-tipped sharks.

Would you go again?? Hopefully at the next trip, Felix will have his bed-and-breakfast in operation and we will stay with him and do some fishing. He plans to have a boat as part of the operation.

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