Friday, January 11, 2008

Beach Hike

Today we took a beach hike to investigate tidal pools and view the natural wild life. The pools were abundant in various tropical sea life including cowrie shells, sea snails, and octopus, eels, pregnant crustaceans, and fish which would jump between pools. Also ever present were creatures of the sky. We were able to spot Great Blue Herons, Cormorants, Road Side Hawks, Black Hawks, Frigget Birds, Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, Tropical King Bird, Parrots, various Plovers, and the ever circling Black Vultures. As the morning progressed the temperature rose drastically as we scurried from shade spot to shade spot.

Following the hike, we stopped at a local lodge, Iguana Lodge. There we were greeted by lodge dogs and body surfers. We rested from the sun and enjoyed a cold beverage and fine Costa Rican cuisine before taking a well deserved dip in the ocean.

Finally it was time to return to Morgan’s. The local taxis were busy so we hopped a ride in a local banana truck for the thirty minute trek back to the cabinas, laughing and ducking from branches for the roller coaster ride back home.

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