After our hike we stopped off at Mindo Canopy Tours for an adventure on the ziplines. Two 500m lines (roughtly 1/3 of a mile) stretched out in front of us over the trees. We told Harper and Cal that we were going to take a ride and they could do it with us if they wanted to. Neither Danny nor I really thought they would try it, especially not Cal. The kids said they wanted to do it (although I don’t know if they really understood what that meant) so we all harnessed up and we made our way to the takeoff tower. The harnesses fit great and we were surprised that had ones in such small sizes for our kids. The helmets were definitely to meet safety standards only; you can tell in the following pictures that they didn't fit quite properly.
|This was our line|
|Big smiles post-zip!|
Here are a bunch of rapid-fire shots of me and Cal zipping through the air on our way back to the tower:
The last morning Harper and I woke early to meet with Efraim (the owner of the hosteria and a naturalist) to go birding. Up to this point we had seen lots of hummingbirds, some yellow and black orioles, and a toucanette (like smaller version of a toucan.)
We set out at 6:15am and walked down the road to the river. Efraim brought his scope and it was amazing how many birds he found hiding in the trees. Harper kept saying she wished she brought along her crayons and notebook so that she could draw the ones she found. I felt the same way although I know that I never could replicate their beauty on paper. The bird we saw the most was a lemon-rumped tanager although none of my pictures did it justice.
|A nest perched up in the trees|
|Efraim helps Harper look through the scope|