Costa Rica | Day 1
After talking and dreaming about this trip for years, we finally made it. It is both a long overdue vacation as well as our first international trip together!
Our first day here was very long and tiring but now we are settled. We are at Camino Verde B&B in Santa Elena, Monteverde. (Will be here three nights then driving to a coastal town called Santa Teresa.) Most of the way from San Jose to Monteverde was fine (paved highways) but the last hour up the mountain was an unpaved road that was windy and insanely bumpy!! There were huge puddles too since it’s the rainforest, but we rented a full size SUV with 4WD so we made it fine. There are tons of animals just roaming the land/roads as they please… We had a herd of cattle cross the road right in front of us! Lots of goats and dogs around too. The land here is so lush and green, very beautiful. We ate traditional Costa Rican food today: black beans, rice, chicken, fish and plantains… All very delicious!
Our B&B is full of people from around the world. There is a group of U.S. students here for a study abroad program who we hung out with for a bit tonight in the main dining area. This place offers free wifi and use of computers or ipad, free coffee and tea all day, free breakfast from 6:30-8:30am, and they also set up any activities or tours that you want to do. Tomorrow morning, we are doing a 2 hour canopy tour (ziplining) through the rainforest! Then around 5:30pm, we are taking a guided night hike (and will hopefully see a ton of animals!) On Monday morning, we plan to do a guided hike through a wildlife refuge. Zoo man Mitch is really looking forward to it, and so am I. :-)
Saludos y Pura Vida!
Look, whenever I hear or read I’m beautiful, I simply don’t understand it… I’m certainly not beautiful in any conventional way. I didn’t make my career on beauty.
Today Mitch and I started seriously considering the idea of buying a home on a piece of large piece of land away from the city and ranching together. Free range chicken eggs. Jars full of jam. The whole bit.
One of Two Things
This old man just got off the bus. He was wearing a long-sleeved navy blue shirt with a denim vest layered over it. After a minute I realized it was quite possible that the shirt could have been attached to the vest, and that the two pieces were a sort of illusion. Which scenario would make for a better story, I wondered. Either, I decided. And then he exited at La Brea before the mystery was solved. Strangely, I feel very satisfied with it all.
"Song To Woody" | Bob Dylan
Walking a road other men have gone down
I’m seeing a new world of people and things
Hear paupers and peasants and princes and kings.
Hey hey Woody Guthrie I wrote you a song
About a funny old world that’s coming along
Seems sick and it’s hungry, it’s tired and it’s torn
It looks like it’s dying and it’s hardly been born.
Hey Woody Guthrie but I know that you know
All the things that I’m saying and a many times more
I’m singing you the song but I can’t you sing enough
'Cause there's not many men that've done the things that you've done.
Here’s to Cisco and Sonny and Leadbelly too
And to all the good people that travelled with you
Here’s to the hearts and the hands of the men
That come with the dust and are gone with the wind.
I’m leaving tomorrow but I could leave today
Somewhere down the road someday
The very last thing that I’d want to do
Is to say I’ve been hitting some hard travelling too.
but it could be vandalism
by that crazy James campbell.
he’s just nuts enough to do something like that.
now i go to spray my trees against
the disease that they say can not be
helped: canker. It attacks and