I go to school in Portsmouth, NH at The Robert J. Lister Academy, I have a mission to go to Costa Rica! The reason for this mission is first of all I decided to take a class all about Costa Rica and believe me it's no walk in the park on a sunny day. I have to fund raise $1800.00 for myself. I am currently studying tourism for when I get to Costa Rica. Everything about Costa Rica is so amazing to me, I love animals, nature, adventure, and the travel. For myself this trip is a once in a life time chance. The reason the trip is a once in a life time chance for me is because I don't come from a wealthy family at all so it really cuts what I get to do.

This trip could even be life changing to myself as well as others in my class. I have always loved the outdoors and animals so its amazing that I get to do something like this and pursue my dreams. Before this year i have always been a slacker in school, this year really changed me and my teachers really showed me to be mature and do what I want to do. I really want to have more knowledge on the Costa Rican culture, lifestyle, and just live the life of the Costa Rican for 10 days. As of right now we have already started to fund raise by having a car wash, gardening at our school, held a booth at the Stratham fair (and met Gov. John Lynch), we raffled a laptop. If you would like to donate to our class, or to myself please contact my email. mshattuck.student@gmail.com
or you can contact my teach Bryan Mascio at

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

A day on the horses!

Well today is nice and sunny its about 7:30 am and the breeze feels crisp and clean! The sun is trying to peek through the clouds but can't quite make it. The Desafio van just pulled up and we're loading into it and about to go. We're driving to go horseback riding to San Luise Waterfall! The drive is starting to amaze me with the colors and the scenery. I just looked to my left and realized we're right next to a cliff and all I can see is tree tops, cows and horses that look like ants.
I'm getting more and more excited because I can finally see the horses saddled up and ready to go. Were here and getting out of the car, thank goodness because my legs are starting to cramp. Once we're getting out of the van the guide points at me then he just pointed to a horse and says hes all yours. By looking around, everyone is hopping on their horses and we're about to leave.

Yes, were off and heading down a steep dirt road, the scenery is absolutely amazing! There are hills beyond hills, green beyond green and the color of the sky is un-imaginably mixed colors of pink, blue, purple and red. Woah!, there are so many flowers, most of them just look fake and you just get temped to touch and feel the reality kick in. There is a small river ahead and it looks like Bryan is going first to record us going through it on the horses. We made it through but my horse keeps wanting to stop and I feel bad because he is very sweaty and tired. Kristine is trotting up next to me and her horse does not look too happy to see my horse i'm trying to get away from that horse but OUCH he just kicked me! This ride is starting to hurt, I have cramps and I am wearing a tank top with a heavy backpack, but from all of the addrenaline kicking in because of my obsession with horses I will be fine!

Time is starting to fly by, we just started to gallop and I see the clearing that we have to get off and tie up the horses also get ready to hike to the waterfall. Yum, lunch was good even though we have been eating PB&J since we got here, but with everything else were doing its WELL worth it. My legs are killing me and so is my butt from the sattle but whatever it is so hot out, its going to amazing to just jump right into that waterfall! The hike is rough, but we have done way worse in the past couple days. Im just getting more and more anxious I just wan't to run ahead of everyone.

Yes ha-ha Winston, Josh, Brittney and myself are ahead of the group and made it to the waterfall first. We were just about to jump right in, unitl we felt the water! After laying in the sun and heating up some more I finally start to walk over and just jumpped right in, oh yeah but not before I surprised Jessica by ripping her into the water with me! Its been a couple hours now and I think were just about to hike back. We made it back to the spot where we tied the horses up quicker than it took us to hike to the waterfall, and were getting our helmets back on. We are on the horses to go home, tired, and tomorrow I will have some more stories for you! Bye


  1. Wow! What an incredible, horizon-expanding experience. I'm so excited for you!

  2. Mariah -

    Your descriptive language really makes me feel like I'm on a horse right next to me. Sure makes me want to go there too! Thanks for helping me picture your adventure in my mind.

    - Jody

  3. OK, well ... Don't know if I can undo or delete a comment after posting so just want to say that I meant that I felt like I was "on a horse right next to you"!

    Easy to miss mistakes even when you do proofread! I'll have to be more careful next time! :)