First National Park in Costa Rica (Drive Day 84 minus 14 years)

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Contra-hunting

We’re headed for our first national park in Costa Rica, which is also THE first national park in Costa Rica – founded just two years before my first road trip down the Pan-American. But on our way to the peaceful campground at Santa Rosa we take a page out of Nicaraguan history. Camouflaged by jungle overgrowth stretch the remains of a secret landing strip whose very existence is still officially denied. Why? Because it was from this remote spot in supposedly neutral Costa Rica that U.S.-backed Contras dispatched bombing raids on Sandinista targets just across the border. It takes washed-out, river-fording, 4-wheel-drive conditions to find it – the world’s spookiest selfie spot.

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Follow this bonus-material blog and ride along on a one-year road trip that inspired the memoir The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan American Highway. On sale now. Get yours through the buy-the-book links at the bottom of the landing page on my teresabrucebooks.com website or here or here. Planning a road trip? Buy the audiobook here. Like The Drive’s Facebook page and tweet back at me @writerteresa.

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