Along the Natchez Trace

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Just a Daily Walk With Me....

We started on our walk to Coco this morning, but had barely got out the door when Rudolfo, our "sometime" neighbor stopped us.  He was leaving and asked if we could use some eggs and meat he wouldn't need as he was going to San Carlos.  There's something different about the eggs, but we just couldn't figure out what he was saying.  As nearly as we can tell, we think the eggs are fertilized...   probably free-range chickens.  Doesn't make any difference, we took his offerings.  He then asked us if we'd like a ride into town.  We sometimes get an offer, but always turn the person down as we enjoy our walk.  Recently, after giving it some thought, we decided to accept offers as folks here are very friendly and it's a good way to meet people.

So...  we hopped into Rudolfos Hyundai truck...  kind of looks like a VW truck with a square-like bed.  We asked him to drop us off at the intersection where we could continue down to the beach.

As usual, there is plenty of activity there...
No... just pulled onto the beach and tipped so that the barnacles could be scraped off.
I always think "Barnacle Bill the Sailor" when I see this job being done....  but Honest!  I think of Popeye, not the dirty lyrics ;-)

When the tide goes out, sometimes we see this....
We had visions of worms crawling all over the muddy sand, leaving their trail.  Finally we saw the culprit...  small beetle-like bugs come out of the earth and scoot frantically all over the surface.  It takes quite a few of these insects to make these patterns...  but there'll be places about 15' long and maybe 6' wide, just riddled with these "footprints".

The park alongside the beach is nicely landscaped...  lots of paved walks, grassy lawns and many different species of trees.
We've noticed that many of the trees have a plaque on them telling you what they are.  Here you can see one of those plaques...  and also see folks enjoying the beach (and the shade of the tree) as well as some of the boats in the harbor.

Here's a view of one of the trees in bloom.  Quite beautiful, isn't it?

As we headed up the street towards the grocery, we saw this Turquoise-browed Motmot taking a drink from a fountain.
I couldn't get quite all of him in the picture...  but aren't his colors beautiful?

We had done our big grocery shopping yesterday, so intended to walk home today.  There are 3 different grocery stores - all fairly close together - and since we hadn't been in all of them lately, we wandered through...

The Super Compro had this display as you walked in the door...

A brand new Tunland truck...  even had some bales of hay in the bed to show you how useful it would be.  I'd never heard of this make before...  had to Google it when we got home.  It's made in Beijing....  looks like Australia might be the biggest market for it now...  don't know if it's available in the States or not.  Notice that it has a Cummins engine....   We really don't see many pick up trucks here...  the locals, if they have a car, seem to drive smaller compact cars.  It's usually the tourists who rent the SUVs and larger stuff.  Or so it seems to me.

When we walk along, there is an awful lot of litter.  Having picked up tons of litter in the US, I always look at what's being tossed out.  (no McDonald wrappers or Dunkin Donut bags here)...  and one thing I've seen is a lot of Derby cigarette packs....
Again, I had to Google "Derby" as I'd never heard of it.  Neither Bill nor I smoke, so a lot of brands could get past us...  but I found out that while PhillipMorris is the owner, Derby is made here in Costa Rica.  Yeah...  they have Marlboro, Lucky Strike and some of the other well-known American brands, but I'm betting that Derby is cheaper...  that's mostly what we see along the road.

We've been here 2 months...  walk through town almost everyday.  I'm not much of a shopper and usually walk right past all the souvenir and gift shops.  I realized today I'd never been in about 99% of them, and never wandered all the way through to the back of any...
They are a regular rabbit-warren of aisles...  a huge variety of good for sale.  Artwork, crafts, clothing, ceramics, leather, purses, beachwear, towels and on and on and on.

Well, I don't want to miss out seeing anything, but after about 5 minutes of walking through I'd seen enough to satisfy my curiosity.  Didn't see a thing I couldn't live without.  And so, we walked on home.

That's All For Today!


  1. Thats the way we shop, take a quick looks and carry one, why buy something we don't need.

  2. I'll never make it to Costa Rica, so I sure enjoy visiting your blog every morning to see what's going on down there! Love that MotMot-so beautiful. That tree bloom is really pretty too. I'm not much of a shopper anymore...I have to have something specific in mind - go find it, buy it, and get out! lol

  3. Thank you for sharing your day with us. What a gorgeous bird!

  4. After they get the barnacles off that boat, how do they get it back in deep in enough water to clear the keel? Does the tide come in far enough to pick it up? Maybe with the help of a power boat in deeper water pulling on it?

  5. I would definitely prepfer to have my boat hauled for that kind of work. Doing it he above way can go very wrong in some circumstances.