During the first week of December, 25 Summit County players — Jerry and Joan Veazey; Vanessa Koehler; Lori Miller; Julie and Bob Worthington; Wendy Tilden and Richard Sullivan; Deb Stacey and Howard Townley; Lori McWain and Terry Armstrong; Carla Christiansen and Gary Wilson; Pricilla and John Flanders; Linda Bush and Terra Lee; Paul and Sharon Jones; Kai-Peter and Lilian Koenig; and Ruth and Steve Kent — joined about 60 other players from Colorado and around the US for a week of pickleball in Costa Rica.
Organized by James Main, a 5.0 player who recently moved from Colorado to Mexico, the trip included unlimited pickleball on 12 courts, fabulous food, and many other activities on and off the grounds of the Weston Playa Conchal. SCPA members joined in zip-lining, ATV-riding, sunset catamaran tour … even sliding down a waterfall into a mud bath.
Due to the humid heat, pickleball play started around 6:30 AM and, with a long mid-day break, continued into the night. Two USAPA national champions, Christine McGrath and Kyle Yates, played all week. James invited local Costa Rican players to challenge our group.
And we enjoyed seeing lots of wildlife on the grounds of the resort!