Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Creature Comforts


In the wake of our renewed solitude of two, our only solace has been to take comfort in Costa Rican wildlife; namely a tapir who goes by Charlie. This mischievous beast, attracted by the alluring scent of DEET insect repellant, followed us throughout the cloudforest in an attempt to wet his snout on our chemically-treated legs. Exhausted from all the snouting, Charlie quickly fell asleep in his favorite log.




Next, I met a friendly butterfly, name unknown. After practicing various butterfly calls and rubbing myself with overripe pineapple, I tempted this pretty Morpho to land on my finger. She perched for a bit, sprinkled me with magic butterfly dust, then took off in search of another flower.





A must-do in Costa Rica is ziplining. They build these huge zipline playgrounds, stringing high-tension wire from tree to tree high above the ground. Armed with "brakes" (aka leather patches glued to gardening gloves), we took turns soaring over treetops. It's the closest I've ever felt to flying.





Now we're surfing and camping in Mal Pais, or the Badlands. It truly is anything but, with its great morning surf, white beaches, and ample shade. No wonder the place is teeming with ex-pats hawking real estate. If we can manage to rip ourselves from this place, we can finally enter our last and final country, the Great Halfway Point, Panama.



- Rach

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin wanted me to ask you to bring him back a few more bottles of guaro.

4/25/07, 7:10 AM  
Blogger Lindsey & David said...

Wow - your very own jungle pig. That's the coolest :)

4/25/07, 7:42 AM  
Blogger Liza's Eyeview said...

Butterfly on your hand - oh my gosh, that's awesome!

4/25/07, 8:27 AM  
Blogger James said...

Hello Jungle dwellers

Don't come back. LA sucks

Jim

4/25/07, 10:19 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Rach, do you think Charlie is cute enough for cutieoverload.com? Love the pictures..sounds amazing..miss you.

4/26/07, 9:31 AM  
Anonymous joey' said...

What's that tree trunk thingy? Did you fly over it or climb in it? That is some kinda jungle you guys are in. Watch out for flying monkey poop! I would think it's everywhere! Love Charlie and Morpho. You guys find friends whereever you go!
Love, Nana Honey

4/28/07, 10:52 AM  
Blogger The Abrahams said...

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4/30/07, 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys could set up your own photo gallary. Great photography! Perhaps you can live off them for the next few years. Perhaps you will be "quite ready for another adventure" - as Bilbo would say. Back from Salt Lick country...thought of you guys. You both look healthy and happy. Take care - look forward to the book!
Lovingly - Aunt Viv

5/1/07, 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

Did your DEET kill Charlie? I'd highly reccomend you two bring a bottle of guaro back for everyone of your family and friends. What was the surf like in Mal Pais?

5/1/07, 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rach!!!! I haven't checked in on your blog in over a year, and wondered if you were still traveling. Your adventure sounds (and looks!) AMAZING. I'll be sure to check in more often. I miss you!!!

Love,
Haelyn

5/2/07, 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has the marvel of the internet not made its way to Panama yet? Perhaps I should send a complaint to Al Gore. I need some more blog lovin'!

Kind Regards,
Pumpasaurus Flex

5/3/07, 7:16 AM  

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