I have these random keepsakes that I have been given over the years. They are probably not worth a cent. However, they are my most precious items. A small glittery deer, a rabbit that my mom painted my name on, a picture of us together. These random things probably look weird all displayed but that is ok. Its good to have keepsakes to remind you that life is still moving around you. Take time to keep the past close otherwise you will never learn from it.
I talk a lot about kindness and being kind. I should also talk about what kindness really is. I didn’t know what good kindness was for many years. True kindness is an action that doesn’t cause you undo burden. For example, I use to spend a lot of my time and money being kind to other people. I thought the more money I gave and the more inconvenient it was meant I was being “kind.” In reality kindness is giving when you would or could have walked away. Sometimes money or time is involved but it doesn’t leave you destitute. Make sure you practice healthy kindness!
It was a long day to Tortoguero. However, it was only about 5 hours of travel. The long hours on the road and then another hour or two by boat made a great recovery day. Once we got to our to our hotel we were able to relax and explore the tiny area we had landed on. There was a great many children running wild through the streets. It was such a protected area; no cars, limited wifi, only quiet. I could see the river on one side and the Caribbean on the other. It was lovely. In the morning we went out kayaking. They were sit on kayaks and I must say that I prefer the sit in type. I survived none the less and saw a great deal of animals. A troupe of howler monkeys that were kind enough to howl for us. We saw parrots, toucans, and many other types of beautiful birds. Once we moved into some narrow channels we were able to see caimans. These are like small alligators. The babies were all nestled in the tall grass and so cute. Well as cute as reptiles could be. The only complaint I had about Tortoguero was that it was stifling hot in the room. The first night my roommate and I slept fitfully bathed in sweat. The next night we demanded a stand up fan to have some relief. It did help.
The time there was over all to quick and we had to work our way back to San Jose for our last night together. It was another long drive recrossing the cloud rain forest on the mountain pass. We stopped at a fruit stand and got a tasting of some amazing verity of tropical fruit. I have to say that the ice cream pods (Inga feuillei) are the most crazy thing ever. They are about a foot long and 2-3 inches wide. Inside there are these “peas” that about about an inch or so and white. They are kind of fuzzy and cover a rather large seed. I felt the flavor was alright though you would have to eat quiet a bit to be full.
All too quickly our time together had to come to an end. I had an early flight and took a taxi to the airport. One thing I have to say that both my taxi rides (to hotel and to airport) were fantastic. Super friendly drivers, Dennis and Alex, inquired about my trip and my enjoyment. Many times you find that taxi drivers can be a bit aloof. My trip home took nearly 24 hours and left me exhausted and ill. While life getting back to normal can be a bit of a buzz kill. There is always the opportunity to look back and then look forward to the next adventure.
Sunburned and sore from rafting we worked our way South East to Puerto Viejo. This is a hippy little town with lots of water activities. We went snorkeling.
There was a concern that the water would be too murky from rain runoff in the mountains. While visibility wasn’t perfect we were still able to go. I saw a giant sting ray, nurse shark, lion fish, among many others. It was very nice in the water. Gave me a chance to sun burn a different side. We also hiked through the Chauita National park. Here we saw sloths, monkeys, and beautiful birds.
It was really cool seeing all these animals up close. They really have no fear of humans. The weather was perfect and my concerns about a lot of rain was unfounded. I even got to go shopping a bit in town. My Spanish is getting better every day. Or perhaps I’m getting more confident with speaking. Well tomorrow North to Tortoguero.
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine This story starts with what would have happened if the Alexandria Library had never been destroyed. This isn’t a happy story. It is dark and bloody but very true to the way things are today. It is the beginning of a series and I would love to see how things develop.
The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell This is a Arthur classic story. Told by an old monk about his younger days. It goes into some great detail about the people around Arthur. I wish I could pronounce them better. I was never very good in Welsh type languages.
The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin I have to say that Le Guin has such an amazing insight to alien psychology. It boggles my mind that she can make up these fantastic stories about species that aren’t even real and you believe her. Just wow. Another great book by Le Guin about a pioneer between worlds.
Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey This is a Pern book for those who follow along with McCaffery stories. This is the landing party on the planet Pern. It isn’t easy to leave your home world behind and start fresh in a new, alien planet.
Oh Spring. Everything is trying to burst alive all at once. Many of our local rivers have left their bank behind for wider territory of the lower land around them. This should be a sure sign to all of us of the renewal of life. Sometime it is powerful and breaks it banks sometimes it is quiet like a pushing seedling through soil. But it comes and we all must be aware.
Today I am not very strong. My mind is running wild and my emotions are close to the surface. I would rather stay in bed and not deal with the world. It happens; days like these. To everyone, even the strongest. That is ok. You just make it through to another day, another moment. One of them will bring you back to your center. This is not a time to give up but to push through. You can do it. I can do it. We can make it.