This is for Liz Sieferd and others who might enjoy some news about living
in the tropics...
Touring the country with my sister and her husband was both fun and
exhausting... while I thought I'd be on vacation, I was "on" most of the
time as tour guide. This was fine, as I've lived in C.R. for 15 years and
wanted to "show" Costa Rica to my sister on her first visit to tropical
We visited volcanoes, cloud forests, lowland rainforests, and the beach.
Taveling in C.R. during the rainy season (euphemistically called the "green
season" by the tourist board) can be trying; clouds may hover over the
volcanoes (which they did), it may rain most of the time (which it did),
and your clothes and hiking boots can end up wet for several days and
smelling like a dirty dog (which they did). One thing is for sure - you
are guaranteed to have lots of stories to tell about your trip. Like
wading across rushing rivers to get to your destination, standing on the
beach holding umbrellas, etc.
Amazingly, the weather would break from time to time - crucial times, such
as during our visit to the hot springs near the Arenal volcano, climbing up
onto the 1993 lava flow, driving long distances, and while watching
crocodiles and Scarlet Macaws.
Our bird list (just looking at the big, showy ones as my sister and hubby
aren't real bird watchers) ended up being pretty impressive... Resplendent
Quetzals, Three-wattled Bellbirds, King Vulture, Magnificent Frigatebird,
Keel-billed Toucan and others. My friend, Bill, and I got in some extras
during an early morning beach birding trip - Black-bellied Whistling Ducks,
jacanas, various herons, and Roseate Spoonbills.
On a boat trip down the Sarapiqui River, there were iguanas dripping off
the tree branches, one nice caiman, a couple of sloths, and howler monkeys.
In the cloud forest we saw howlers and white-faced monkeys side by side.
It was a very rich trip ... now I get back to work, writing about plants on
the computer, listening to howlers not far uphill from the house. Uh-oh,
there's the phone - they need me as a back-up guide in the cloud forest
tomorrow - hard to resist another day (and paid!) walking in the forest.
Monteverde, Costa Rica