to Manuel Antonio

A two day post

Yesterday I started into the Monteverde cloud forest with high hopes of being surrounded by wildlife but it was not to be, which I sort of expected given various other forays with similar expectations. But this is the most famous cloud forest in Central America so I was curious about what that would be like.

The forest is preserved largely as a result of the efforts of 8 Quaker families from Alabama who settled here after WW2.

As we approached it looked that this. That peak to the left is the summit
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Walking in it looks like this
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Looking up, it looks like this
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In a mud wall was this little bird
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And that’s what we saw – birds. Beautiful birds, very shy and way out of range for my little point and shoot.

There were small orchids
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I was surprised by the small scale of the trees and the how low the canopy was. This is about 80 feet up
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Here’s a nasty bug. If you pick it up it squirts and if it hits you it the face you can’t see for 5 days.
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On our way out the cloud started rolling in
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And back at the lodge this fellow on a tree
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I was underwhelmed by the forest. I guess I’m going to follow the sea. More on this another time – hurrying to get this done and going again this morning.

Then, the next day off to the sea. The track looked like this
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And the dirt road for the first 25 miles looked like this. Another classic ride with perfect views
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Leaving the town of Monteverde
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The valleys below
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And on these steep hillsides
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Balancy cows
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Down to huge muddy rivers
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Past stunning glades
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Trees
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To the sea!
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Which we followed for about 100 miles, to Manuel Antonio.

Some riding through all the green

video

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