Monday, December 08, 2008

Costa Rica Coast Day 2

Monday, December 1 (wrote Dec 3)

I'm way behind in blogging. This is day 4 on the ship and I'm only getting to day 2 of the Costa Rica coast.

Day 2 was warm and sunny. For the morning I took the "long" trail option and Bev took the bird watching/short hike. We are in the Caletas Reserve and Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula.

What you see depends to some extent on the naturalist you are with--but more just on chance. We hiked up a stream in the coastal rain forest. The plant life is amazing. But one difference we notice is that there are not as many epiphytes on the trees here as there were in the Monteverde cloud forest. We did not see many birds but did see a Blue Morpho. A big, brilliant blue butterfly. The blue does not come from pigments--it oms from the structure of the wing refracting the light. Bev's group watched a pair of Macaws and a lot of other birds.

In the afternoon we took the waterfall walk--about 2 1/2 miles including fording a stream to a great waterfall. We than swam in the pool at the base of the waterfall--typical tropical picture.

Hiking boots were soaking wet after crossing the stream. Dried them in the engine room--mine took 2 days.

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