I needed to get out yesterday. I’ve had a good bit of tension lately stemming from my solitude in the midst of people. Monday’s birthday was a great relief, with friends reaching out to me. One of my favorite people on the planet actually called me on my cell here in Costa Rica. So that was a nice surprise and very awesome. I try to sit still and breathe in and out a lot these days. (Separate from the times when I’m smoking a cigarette doing exactly that.)
Anyway, I got out and went for a long hike. And going on the hike reminded me why I am here. I followed a trail that runs between here and Hermosa. In the early part of the climb, I saw people. It’s not really a hidden route. (There’s actually a horseback riding tour you can take along this road, though how far into the mountains it goes, I don’t know.) But then I reached a point where I saw nobody. About a quarter of the way into the trail, I guess. And it stayed like that until about the last quarter of the trail.
I took my bike along with me, thinking I would ride it back along Hwy 34 from Hermosa, however, my chain got stuck almost immediately after getting on it in the last part of the trail. So I walked for an hour home. So it was more like 3+ hours of wandering around through the forest
Time very well spent. Here are a few of the photos. (What I’m not using for stock photography and that I’m releasing publicly can be found in the following galleries: Central Pacific Coast, Birds, Class: Insecta, Bonus Animals!, and Playa Hermosa.)
Was walking down a little path and saw something move in the trees. Finally! A toucan! After looking at it for a minute, I grabbed my camera and snapped off a few before trying to edge my way closer. He flew deeper into the forest, though, out of sight. Good enough. I can now cross “Find a Toucan” off of my list.
And here’s a short video from the trip. The second segment… the view is looking down toward the stream. Which was waaaaay down the mountain.