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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Another Saturday...

There is no doubt that we are winding down here...  the hotter it gets the more my energy level bottoms out.  We walk to town earlier each day.  Today we took a taxi home.... at 8:30 in the morning!  Unheard of...  but the heat just saps a person.  

About those bird photos yesterday...  I took the photos of all the birds except the Keel-billed Toucan in the wild... their natural habitat.  The macaws were at the Carara National Park...  we saw several throughout the day we spent there...  along with several other very colorful birds....  manakins, trogons etc.  The Resplendent Quetzal we saw near Cartago where we spent a few days birding.  The Fiery-billed Aracari was right outside the house where we were living in Cuidad Colon.  In fact, we saw many, many species of birds while sitting on our porch.  The Toucan was at a botanical gardens....  and while we saw others in the wild, this one would perch on your arm and get its picture taken.

Of course I'd prefer getting all my wildlife in its natural habitat, but I'll settle for a bird feeder or even a game camera if the critter is there.

We did walk to town this morning...
 The tide is still coming in strong...  I don't know the tide time table, but seems we've been hitting it at its highest lately.  I love to hear the waves come in on a rush... and then back to the sea.

 These 2 large sail boats (catamaran-type) were out in the bay.  Do you see the hose just to the right of the center?  These boats take on water from various places along the beach.  That dingy right at the beach hauled the hose out to the boat, and will bring it back to shore when the water tanks are filled.


 I'm standing on the Rickety Bridge...  
I have no idea what this guy expects to catch as this is just a little creek that seems to hold lots of minnows.
Lots and lots of minnows...
All about the length of my index finger.

But there's someone around who'd love to catch a few minnows...
 Yep!  It's the Green Heron...
Usually the herons are wading around along the water's edge...  but I guess this guy wanted to get a "bird's eye view" of what was down there.

We headed on to the grocery store...  saw this along the way...
 A big semi-truck was unloading lawn decorations...  
Setting up shop right alongside the road.  I have no idea if people need a permit to do this...  but I kind of doubt it.  I hope they did a booming business, but I have to wonder how many folks would buy these huge pieces as so many people here are here for a very short time..  in a rental.  

We didn't need much...  mostly just go in town for the walk.  But I did buy these today...
The bag on the left is Plantain chips...  the one on the right is Yucca chips.  
It's funny that I like plantains but don't care at all for bananas...  they don't taste the same to me.  As for the yucca chips, if I hadn't seen the bag, I'd guess I was eating potato chips.

I think we have only 11 more days here, so if there's anything I haven't tried, I've got to get honkin'....

That's All For Today!

7 comments:

  1. I 'hear' winding down in your writing. My daughter-in-law, who is from Ecuador, makes the best plantain! It tastes completely different than banana! Enjoy these next few days.

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  2. Enjoy the rest of your stay. It has been varied and interesting! From the water situation, to the birds and animals you saw, your enthusiasm, humor, and photography were enjoyed by all.

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  3. Yeah this winding down we are doing as well, almost kinda sad, leaving these beautiful places. And a few thinks we still need yet to do.

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  4. I am sure you will make those last 11 days memorable...see you in Maine.

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  5. What beautiful photos of the walk to town. I believe those lawn sculptures take the honkin' award.

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  6. That pottery on display sure would be tempting (as would the platanitos)!

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