One year after our inaugural journey to Costa Rica, I gathered in the Seattle airport with the first students of the Everett Community College Costa Rica Study Abroad program (www.everettcc.edu/CostaRica). Scribe, aka Phebe, is physically remaining at home this year as we build the momentum of our program;but with us in spirit. Excited and nervous with built up anticipation (did we pack everything? would we find each other?), four of the six travelling found each other at our common departure gate. I met Juanita and Laura, mother and daughter team, and Oscar, who conveyed the dismaying news that Brenna could not make the flight because she had discovered her passport expired in three days! (read Brenna’s account in her post in the related EVCC Study Abroad blog). We hope to see her on Wednesday with a new passport in hand. We would meet our final traveller, Danyka, at the airport in San Jose later in the day as she was taking a different flight.
A red-eye flight connected us through Denver. Mt. Rainier stood above the landscape below us like a sentinel in alpine glow as we took off. I watched the mountain landscape sculpted in fading relief by the setting sun pass below us. Arriving in Denver and dark by then, strings of lightening strikes illuminated thunderheads along the horizon as we landed to change planes on to San Jose Costa Rica.