|We've started seeing a lot of dolphin pods.|
|Sunset around here is awesome.|
|And night isn't half bad.|
There almost always seems to be a statue of General San Martin … and a road, street or city named San Martin as he liberated many of these countries. Many of the statues look alike as though made in a single factory and just set differently along the main areas. Could that be true?
And there are a lot of colorful buildings. One theory at one location was the colors were due to the long evenings, and this was a way to make the surroundings more colorful and the area not so depressing. Okay. I can go with that.
Land ho, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, on Tuesday, March 24. Yay. Costa Rica is lovely and we enjoyed it when we were here last time. We weren’t going to be able to meet our friend, Monty, as he’s a long ways away and we were getting back in the afternoon. Another time.
This place has no army; it was abolished in 1949, and environmental and human rights issues are important to them. It’s known as the Switzerland of South America. They say it’s the greenest country in the world and they expect to be carbon neutral by 2021. They are also proud to have more teachers than policemen in their country. And interesting to an Alaskan, hunting is prohibited.
The flag is three colors – red for the sacrifice by the people, white for joy and happiness and blue for the sky and free thinking. Bananas and coffee are the main exports and Puntarenas is one of two main ports, with the other being Puerto Limon on the other side of the country.
|As we disembarked to go on our excursion we could see what they were loading. We had signed up to go to the Crab Shack in a couple of days. Yahoo!!|
While there is much to see here, we were doing a zip line, and were on our way. It was another long ride, but this time it was a much smaller bus with only 12 of us. That’s one way to cut down on the size, do something a bit more adventurous.
|A white-collared monkey was elusive.|
|And under where the monkeys were was a sign.|
|Our tour guide had a cashew plant to show us. The cashew is at the top. They contain cyanide and are poisonous until roasted.|
We arrived and or guides got us all geared up and took photos before our safety briefing. Then it was on to the first zip.
|We were ready.|
|Jaz with near perfect form on the zip coming in for a landing.|
|Some vegetation is green although a lot was dry.|
|Dorenda didn't quite make it to the next platform and to do a little hand-over-hand.|
|This ladder/walkway led us to the next zip line.|
|The Tarcoles River, off in the distance, is the one we took a boat ride on last year.|
|Although it's the dry season, there are still some beautiful flowers.|
|Dorenda and one of our guides.|
|I'm zipping on to the next platform,|
|An iguana rested in a tree near one of the platforms. His tail is longer than his body.|
|Hooked up and zipping along.|
|There were alligators nearby ... we saw these after we were done zip lining.|
|There were little transport trains to take people to and from the end of the pier. Dorenda and Greg and Jaz and me walked. It was pleasant and not too hot.|
|There were some guys doing sand sculptures. What talent.|
|There was a little shrine near the entrance to the port.|
|We saw this beautiful church and went inside. It was simple but so very nice.|
|Dorenda, Greg and I stopped for something to drink. Hobbs, this one is for you. I'm not sure what it is, but it looks kind of like some weird deer. ???|
So, do you want a few more bits of interesting information about Costa Rica? It’s about the size of West Virginia, they bury people above the ground because of the water table and it’s the same distance from Costa Rica to either Tierra del Fuego or Alaska. Nearly all of their water is potable, one of the few countries that can lay claim to such a thing. There aren’t many insects because of the bats as there are a number of species of them and they can eat up to 30 insects an hour. There are 150 species of birds, 160 different mammals and 142 different kinds of snakes, of which 22 kinds can kill you. And the orchid is the national flower. Ninety percent of their electricity is generated by hydro power, six percent is wind, one percent solar and three percent is geo-thermal. So there you have it.
And then we were back and heading to Nicaragua. Who would have ever thought I'd go there? Not me, that's for sure.