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.)

Streams and rivers run all along the trail.

Streams and rivers run all along the trail.

There's a section of mountainside which has beautiful ferns covering it.

There’s a section of mountainside which has beautiful ferns covering it.

Perspective.  The road is on the left side of the screen.

Perspective. The road is on the left side of the screen.

Bam!

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.

Chestnut-mandibled toucan!  There are a couple more photos in the Bird gallery

Chestnut-mandibled toucan! There are a couple more photos in the Bird gallery

A side path through the forest.

A side path through the forest.

Golden orb spider.

Golden orb spider.

So very small.  A poison dart frog.

So very small. A poison dart frog.

Through the forest.

Through the forest.

A stream.

A stream.

Beautiful scenery everywhere you look.

Beautiful scenery everywhere you look.

Ahhh.  A new vista.  Playa Hermosa

Ahhh. A new vista. Playa Hermosa

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.

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Comments ( 2 )

  • RickJun 27, 2013

    Find any Fruit Loops?

    [I swear that’s the first thing I thought of with the toucan. Sad, isn’t it?]

    • ScottJun 27, 2013

      It’s funny you should say that. That’s actually the first thing I thought about. And STILL think about. Decades of following my nose… πŸ˜‰

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