We REALLY should have attended those meetings about our trip to Costa Rica. Having looked at a map for the last 30 minutes, I think we are on the Colorado River (which is WAY too close to Nicaragua), but to be truthful, I have no idea now, nor did I have any idea THEN. Here's our little dock upon arrival in the pouring rain. In two seconds, we were soaked from head to toe.
I thought it unusual of them to post this sign. In case of WHAT emergency?? Oh Patty, what have we gotten ourselves into?
The first trip was to the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Tortuguero. We went by boat down the river and way around the corner. Where are we? I only know because I just looked it up. We paid our $2.00 and walked through the forest. We had a guide telling us about how they were trying to save the sea turtles that swim across the Caribbean Sea to Cuba and Haiti.
The turtles lay eggs on the beach, which the conservancy guards until they hatch, making sure they all make it to the ocean alive.
Here's the turtles on the Caribbean beach side. How many can you count? Yeah, we didn't see any either. It was a beautiful long beach without a single turtle in sight. Apparently they only come out of the water at night. We were warned not to wander very far because we would never be able to find our way back. Oh great!!!
Since we were there, we walked through the little town of Tortuguero, perched on the very edge of the river. There are no roads here, only a walkway. Travel is by bicycle, foot or boat. They know when the touristas are going to show up and open their shops full of handmade items. I purchased a little wooden green tree frog, the symbol of Costa Rica.
There was lots of jewelry and well, junk. No matter, we thought it was our duty to at least help their economy. Surprisingly they had a music school here for the kids. Here you see a couple of their star performers.
Most all of the buildings were painted with images of local critters, those buildings having been left over from the timber industry. Surprised? This area naturally grows trees, which you will see later, that were harvested, sold and turned into furniture. Wait til you see where the trees are!!
Drum solo here. I have to admit the kids were pretty good and we got a kick out of their performance.
Again with the heat and you can imagine the humidity. There were no water fountains, water bottles or bottles of soda to cool off with. The only refreshment we saw was this guy whacking the end off of coconuts for your drinking pleasure. We passed.
Here's the main street of town backed up against the jungle. I have to say it was rather different since Patty and I knew NO ONE on this part of the trip. Everyone else stayed in their little groups with their guide. We just kind of followed along with NO guide. This comes into play later in the trip.
Here's an interesting structure. This is a house. No heat, no air conditioning, just a floating barge. If you look real close, you can see a washing machine inside the door. It's the only one we saw. Of course everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, drains into the river.
On the way back home we passed several more houses. Talk about a laid back atmosphere. All of their time is spent fishing on the river for dinner or making little things to sell to the tourists. I have to admit at this point we STILL didn't know where the heck we were, other than on a river in the jungle.
Next up, almost struct by lightning!! Oh it gets even better!!
On a more familiar note, I whipped up some mac 'n cheese with ham. This has to be my all time favorite meal. Sprinkle the top with Italian Panko crumbs and uhmmm uhmmm GOOD!! I ate TWO bowls full in my best china dishes!!
Thankfully the weather in Tucson has warmed up a tad, but today we're expecting winds from 15-20 mph with gusts up to 35. This will be a day of phone calls, sewing binding and puppy play.