Well, we've completed our paperwork cha-cha with the authorities to clear out of Costa Rica, and with exit "zarpe" in hand, are preparing 'Bravo' to head to Ecuador later today.
The past couple of weeks have been most enjoyable, hanging out in the little towns of Puerto Jimenez and Golfito, both located on the calm shores of the Golfo Dulce (sweet gulf).
|Daily storm clouds gathering|
|Another load of palm oil pumped to the holding tank farm above.|
|Yup, it's HOT hiking in the jungle!!!|
|"FEED ME SEYMOUR"|
|Wild orchid along the trail|
Another morning we hired a panga, and along with crews from 'Camelot', 'Shellback', and 'Sabin', headed up the gulf to visit with Trudy at her beautiful botanical gardens, "Casa Orquieda" (Orchid House). She gave us a great tour of the incredible spot that she and her husband have carved into the jungle. The diversity of plants was unbelievable, and we enjoyed munching on fruits that we'd never seen or heard of. The 70 acre property is home to 100's of species of plants, birds, and other animals, and WELL worth the $8 price of admission!!! That even included our first toucan spotting in Costa Rica!!!
|Wild pineapple, not quite as big as the hybrids we know.|
|Mangostine on the right, and a ???? on the left (tastes like lychee nut)|
|NOT a stuffed animal!!!|
|Cindi at the duty free checkout....A happy customer!!!|
The upcoming 600 mile passage to Ecuador is known as being rather unpleasant, with fluky or non existent winds, squalls, and a contrary Humbolt current often running up to 2 knots on our nose after we cross the equator. We've even picked up an extra 18 gallon plastic diesel tank as we expect to motor much of the way, according to the weather forecasts.
We've thoroughly enjoyed our nearly 3 month visit to Central America. The people that we've met have been wonderful, and eager to share their lives with us. Their pride in their countries is evident everywhere, and they wanted to pass that on to us. While they were often poor by US or even Mexican standards, they enjoy a peaceful, content existence that we can all learn from. "Pura vida", indeed. Thanks for sharing.
(answer to "mystery quiz"......This is a sprout growing in our cockpit from under the teak. Yeah, it's rainy, hot and humid here.....and yeah, it's time to boogie south!!!)