Happy New Year! It has been awhile since I have posted anything on my blog for both a good reason and a not so great one. The not so great first – my immune system seems to be tired of traveling. I have been sick on and off for the past six weeks with a serious of minor things like colds, classic traveler’s sickness, and food poisoning. I get over one thing and the next thing hits a few days later. So I’m currently sitting in a hotel room in San Jose, Costa Rica, resting before my next adventure. I’ve stocked up at the pharmacy and am going to concentrate on taking better care of myself and going slower. I am also considering heading back to the US sooner that I originally planned but am not making any final plans yet.
The good reason is that I was on a tour over the holidays with my sister and nephew. They trekked all the way to Costa Rica to see me, and it was my nephew’s first international trip. We had a fun time exploring San Jose, La Fortuna, Monteverde (cloud forrest) and Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Ocean. The tour groups got a long well including al the kids, and we had a very laid back patient guide which was perfect. A few pictures are below.
I am off tomorrow to volunteer at a nature conservancy (Cloudbridge.org) in Costa Rica for two weeks. I’m going to be a general volunteer so willing to do whatever they need – staffing the visitor’s center, trail maintenance, planting . . . If there is a good internet connection I hope to post about what I am learning and seeing.
(Santa still found us in a hotel room in San Jose even with just a small yarn Christmas tree.)
(Our first sighting of a coati – relative of a raccoon. Unfortunately this was my best photo of one the whole trip.)
(A gorgeous view of Arenal volcano outside our hotel room near La Fortuna.)
(These cows have an incredible view looking back at the volcano, but I’m not sure they really appreciate it.)
(Walking the hanging bridges In Monteverde.)
(A tour of a farm that grows cocoa, sugarcane, and coffee. The ox are demonstrating the old fashioned way of pressing sugarcane but have adapted nicely to just showing off for tourists as they stop on their own after three turns of the press.)
(A parasailed at sunset near Manual Antonio National Park.)
(The monkeys in the park are very willing to pose.)
(Quality beach time.)