Today was an interesting day. We decided to go to the beach on the Pacific Coast to a place called Playa Don Ana. It was approximately 50 kilometres from San Ramon along windy roads overloaded with big 18 wheeler trucks and buses. At one point the road had subsided into the hillside making room for one way traffic only. It took us nearly 90 minutes to drive the 50 kilometres.
Now, you are probably asking why did we choose this black sanded beach when we could have gone to beaches with beautiful white sand. Well, the answer is this beach had white cheeked monkeys roaming around that liked to interact with humans by stealing their food and I wanted to photograph them. When we got there there wasn't a monkey in sight. We spoke to a lady who was familiar with the monkeys and she said it was most unusual there were no monkeys to be seen. She said they may appear later on in the day.
The beach as I have mentioned before had fine black sand that was very hot to walk on as the temperature was, I would guess, about 90 degrees. The ocean had very large swells and strong riptides making it very difficult to swim in. I decided I would wet my toes and sit down on the sand to let the water wash over my lower body. Gary, on the other hand tried to get beyond the big surf to do some swimming.
By now the tide was coming in and the waves were crashing against some rocks to the right of the beach. It made for a pretty photo.
Tomorrow, we have an early morning as we are off to the Nectandra Cloud Forest Reserve where we have a guide to talk us through the flora and fauna of the cloud forest. I am hoping to see some birds and to be told the names of some of the plants I have already seen since arriving in Costa Rica.
Wednesday, 14th February - Happy Valentine's Day to you all.
Today, we travelled about 35 kilometres to the Nectandra Cloud Forest Reserve. Luckily, the roads were paved all the way so the journey only took us about 45 minutes. The Reserve relies on money from visitors to fund the project and is managed by only 5 people. Evelyne, one of the founders was away so we did not get to meet her but we were met by Arturo, who was to be our own personal guide. Arturo was exceedingly knowledgeable about the flora of the cloud forest. I must mention at this time, the cloud forest was missing one main ingredient - you have guessed it - the clouds. We had a cloudless sky making for a very pleasant visit.
The cloud forest was very well paved most of the way making it safe for us golden oldies.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.
Today, we are off to the Nectandra Cloud Forest Preserve where we will meet our personal guide, Arturo, who will share his knowledge of the flora and fauna of the cloud forest.
The 35 kilometer drive to Nectandra was without incidence due to the road being paved all the way. All we had to do was miss the people walking at the side of the road, the illegally parked vehicles and the many loose dogs that seemed to have the right of way.
Arturo was waiting for us upon our arrival. He spoke excellent English so we were able to both converse with him and understand him. At the end of the tour we would have lunch on the reserve.
The cloud forest sits at approx 1700 meters and gets 150" of rain a year. We are in the dry season at the moment and Arturo said it had been two weeks since the reserve had received any rain.
The first thing I saw upon entering the forest was a beautifully paved path making walking much easier for us golden oldies.
So ends two very exciting days. We have a day off tomorrow for me to do laundry and then on Friday we are of to La Paz Waterfall Gardens for the weekend. See you then.