I am a lover of horticulture, gardening and the environment. At age 8, I sent away for a package of Zinnia seeds for 10 cents and I've been hooked ever since. After 25 years of being self-employed, I retired. That only lasted 4 years and I now work in a water conservation program: I buy grass from homeowners who are willing to convert to desert landscaping and lose that thirsty green stuff. I pursue what interests me and you can blame my sister for getting me into this blogging thing.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Tortuguero-Sea Turtle refuge - Part 5 continued

For our river cruises, we were required to wear life jackets, and because it was raining, a slicker. Here's John strapping on his life jacket and me looking like a 200 lb. canary in my slicker. We learned it rains 180 inches a year here, in Las Vegas, it rains less than 4" per year. We saw snowy egrets, great egrets, chestnut mandible toucans, great blue herons, anhinguas, black river turtles, spider monkeys, sloths, iguana and Jesus Christ lizards. When they are juveniles, they can run across the surface of the water, hence the name. At the end of one cruise, there was a giant crocodile. They are really scary beasts. We were about 25 feet away from one that was laying on the shore. He didn't like our visit and he moved really, really fast. The next day we went on the second cruise and ended up in Nicaragua, actually, it was just a sign, and we only went about 10 feet over the border. We saw a spider web that was as tight as a soccer goal. There were bats hugging a tree trunk and you could barely distinguish them from the tree. Our guides had very sharp eyes.


Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I really love the pictures and your descriptions of what you saw...It makes me want to go to Costa Rica.

April 19, 2006 4:31 AM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I failed to mention that in your first photo you make a cute easter chick all decked out in bright yellow.

I love river cruises, especially if you get to see aligators or crocs. I once went on an airboat to see wild gators and I purchased some aligator food for them and I got to throw some out to one (about 18 foot long) and he lundged at the food and scared the c**p out of me. They have an impressive set of teeth and he could have chomped our boat if he really wanted to.

April 20, 2006 4:40 PM  
Blogger MrsGreenThumb said...

On one of the cruises, the driver of the boat was teasing a caiman, a small croc. He splashed water at it and got it up to the boat. That 4 foot croc leaped about 3 feet out of the water right next to the boat trying to grab the drivers hand. It scared me. I'm going to post some more of my pictures but I've been tired and busy this week.

April 20, 2006 5:19 PM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

WOW...if this aligator would have jumped, like your 4 foot crock, I would have been eaten. I was sitting low enough to be able to touch the water with my hand...good thing nobody disturbed this 18 footer.

After hearing about your crock, I think I'll be sitting closer to the center of the boat next time, instead of on the edge. I got some good video shots of him though.

April 21, 2006 12:43 PM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Wow...I'm glad the aligator we saw didn't get alarmed. I was sitting on the edge and my hands could touch the water. I'm glad this 18 footer didn't jump.

April 21, 2006 12:46 PM  

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