|Looking out at the village, Bravo in the center|
|Fresh smoked bacon omelets....a favorite Bravo breakfast!!!|
|Gotta be getting close|
|Is that a monkey or a swarm of bees?????|
Since this hike, we've been seeing other monkeys on several hikes. Never get tired of it!!!
|This little guy kept trying to sell us insurance!|
|In places the ground seemed alive with hundreds of these little land crabs scurrying for cover all around us.|
|Your basic 6 inch spider|
The whole community fishes for a living. Here you can see our nemesis...These are "buoys" and marker "flags" that they use to mark the longlines and nets. Hard to see at night??? You bet! (and not much better during the day !!!)
|Building a new net, a big job.|
Leaving Bahia Ballena, we headed over to Islas Tortugas, named for the populations of sea turtles that used to frequent the islands. Now their populations are largely gone, but the islands remain a beautiful, tranquil place to drop the hook, especially after the tour boats out of Puntarenas have left. That's when we get it to ourselves. The snorkeling was pretty good, and we enjoyed kayaking around the bay to explore.
|Starry moray eel, the first we've seen.|
|"Dream Boat"......I guess so.....|
Stopped for a night at Isla San Lucas, the site of an old prison, abandoned in 1992 after over 100 years of notoriety. It was said that being sentenced here was the equivalent of a death sentence. The prison was the setting for a book by inmate Jose Leon Sanchez "Island of Lonely Men", later made into a movie. Declared a cultural heritage site several years ago, we went ashore to explore. It was an eery walk about, as we checked out the abandoned cells, dorms, and other buildings and spaces.....if walls could talk.
|Bats were the only residents we met in the abandoned cells|
|The jungle quickly reclaims the abandoned buildings|
|Graffiti from lonely nights in the prison|
|Telephone booth next to the church....guess you could call collect from either one|
|Partially restored administration building.|
We're now in Puntarenas. The narrow peninsula is the capital of the Golfo de Nicoya region, and a gritty hub of fishing and some tourism. Coming in here is a bit of a challenge, as the channel between the peninsula and the mainland varies down to around 10 feet deep at high tide!!!! (Bravo draws nearly 7 feet). So we came in yesterday at the morning high tide, and called for a pilot boat to lead us into the yacht club, where we'll be moored for a few days as we try to get the water injection of our exhaust repaired. The beer can jury rig is working, but it's time we get it properly welded up.
|Time for a coldie between rain storms!!!|
|Hub of fishing and shrimping for the region|
|Fishing is over for these guys|
|And this one...right across from our mooring!|
The town itself has lots of fishing related industry, so we should be able to get the exhaust welded, no problem. But other than the moorage area, it's a pretty hardscrabble town, though apparently they are trying to rebuild the tourism infrastructure. Lots of derelict old fish boats rotting in the shallows, but we're comfortably settled in, tied fore and aft to moorings in the shallow mangroves.
|View over our transom. Some boats share a short floating dock. We're just between two moorings.|
When the tide is out, we're certainly digging our keel into the mud bottom, but aren't leaning over TOO much!!! The facilities ashore are nice, and our $22/night fee gets us full use of everything including the pool and internet. Not bad, and it will work well for our hopefully short stay to get the work done this week. With luck we'll be heading south in a couple of days. Plenty more of Costa Rica to explore before we head to Ecuador.
|Happy cats in the open fish market!!|