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A week at the Guanales Play Park

I’ve just spent the last week at a field camp called Guanales. Fiona came too for a couple of nights. Guanales is about 1.5 hours walk from Base Camp, up a gradual hill, then down a very steep hill. It’s at around 1250 metres above sea level, so is warm and sunny-ish.

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The best thing about Guanales is its showers - hollow bamboo pipes extending horizontally from the top of a small waterfall direct a powerful jet of water outwards creating the most powerful shower I have ever experienced. Privacy was somewhat lacking, but the setting was marvellous.

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A close second to the showers comes the newly created play park. Bex, an invertebrate person, learnt the Spanish word for a see-saw, so asked the Honduran forest guides if they could build one. They were happy to oblige and created a fine see-saw from forest products with machetes. This see-saw is special however. It has the revolutionary new feature of rotating on its pivot, as well as going up and down in the traditional fashion; a see-saw crossed with roundabout, if you will. It goes fast too. Every play park should have one.seesaw.jpg

The play theme continued with the introduction of an adult sized swing and a pull-up bar (would you believe I am near the top of the chart of number of pull ups in one go - I am a super hero after all). Guanales even has its own custom made Opwall Monopoly, again made with natural forest products. Science seemed to take a back seat to play for a while as herpetologists and bromeliadologist combined forces to make chess pieces from bamboo. Once complete I suspect a chess board will be etched on the dinner table.

4 Comments »

  Lachlan wrote @ August 1st, 2007 at 3:03 am

You may or (as is more likely) may not be a superhero but you certainly need a feed! Crivens boy, there were POWs on the River Kwai who were chunkier than you. Go and kill something and eat it, make sure it’s common and there will be no ecologicial problems.

  Keir wrote @ August 2nd, 2007 at 9:34 am

2 points
1 - the see-saw in my park when I was a kid also rotated as well as going up and down
2 - when you do a pull up you are lifting a fraction the weight of others - you should be penalised in some way to prevent you being a superhero

  Lorna (Lil’ sis) wrote @ August 2nd, 2007 at 10:53 am

Christopher,
Do you remember the see-saw in Spinky Den in St. Andrews? I recall nearly going flying off it because of you!

Now, I know I requested to Fiona that you stay clean and sparkly, because you smell horrid when your not, but do we really need to see you washing your bits?
love
Lorna

  Seasquirt » Mud, mud glorious mud… wrote @ August 6th, 2007 at 6:11 pm

[…] copious quantities of food. Chris is desperately trying to get fat after the harsh comments on his Guanales post! He made great inroads on the Cantiles Cheese Mountain and did some damage to the excess […]

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