|On the road again|
We celebrated Earth Day by saying our goodbyes to the Pacific Ocean and saying hello to the Caribbean. We arrived in the town of Puerto Viejo on Sunday evening after a long day driving from one coast of Costa Rica to the other. We stayed in a little cabana in the jungle just a few blocks from town. The weather there was much wetter than we saw in Jaco but the wildlife right outside our door was great. We watched toucans perched and squawking, iguanas resting and contemplating, and howler monkeys howling and crashing around in the canopy all above our cabin.
On Monday we woke to some seriously loud rainfall. Our cabana had a tin roof and the rain was falling from the sky in bucketfuls! Since we had yet to stock up at the grocery store, we went out to breakfast at a great little local Caribbean/vegetarian place on the main drag. A woman named Veronica and a bunch of her family members run the place and she gave us a really sweet welcome to the area. She made the kids sticky sweet banana pancakes and Danny and I tried her traditional rice and beans breakfast with some corn empanadas and a fried egg. Yum! She also shared with us a custard apple and Cal was a big fan.
|Custard apple on an ice tree leaf|
|Eyelash pit vipers|
|Baby two-toed sloth (a relative of the anteater and armadillo!)|
|Tadpoles swimming in their sticky eggs|
|Poison dart frog|
We spent last night driving through the cloud forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park. It was intense driving in the dark through all the rain and clouds but Danny didn’t flinch. The kids fell asleep before 8 o'clock so we could concentrate on the road without Cal’s big mouth yacking the whole way!
We arrived in Jaco with two sleeping children and a lot of laundry (just in case any bugs hitched along for the ride!) We awoke to a clear sunny day here and news that the bloom of algae ended so the ocean is great to swim now!