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From Dreams to Hostels

25 March 2017

sunny 85 °F

Sadly its our day to leave the life of luxury and sink back to hostel living. Just kidding, I love hostels but we do have to leave our Dreams resort. But not until after breakfast and one more strawberry daiquiri! While we waited for the bar to open at 1000 that turned in to 1030 Dad pointed out some baby birds in a bush right next to their building. They are FLK’s (funny looking kids), black birds I think.
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The thing about driving in Costa Rica is that there really don’t seem to be maps or addresses. They tend to say more like turn left at the church and then go for 10 kilometers and turn right. So it was with a little trepidation we started toward Santa Elena. My Dad had put Costa Rica maps on their GPS but it wouldn’t pick up Santa Elena Hostel Resort. Google Maps on our phone would pick up the Hostel but then would require internet the whole time. I ended up writing down the directions from Google and putting in the town to the GPS.
It all went fine until we were supposed to be about 20-30 minutes away. We sailed down the Pan American Highway but were supposed to turn off on to route 145. We never saw that but did see a sign for Monteverde so we took that road. I don’t know where we were supposed to be but I just can’t believe that 20 mile stretch was correct. It was the most bumpy, dusty, hilly, curvy road I have ever been on. At some points it seemed like our car was ice skating. Curt did a masterful job getting us safely to our resort in the busy little town of Santa Elena.
There wasn’t much time before our night walk so we had some beers to wind down after the drive and had a pizza from the hostels wood burning stove.
The night walk was the Santamaria Night Walks and we were picked up from the hostel. I had pretty low expectations for the thing initially and we couldn’t hear our guide well. But all and all we saw a lot of things. Even a sloth which I will prove with this blurry picture…
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We even got to see the sloth move! He went from one branch of the tree to another while we watched. It was very difficult taking any pictures but I tried. We saw a tiny little snake,
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Green pit viper
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Grasshopper
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Leaf cutter ants
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tarantula
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Another lizard, butterfly, armadillo (sort of), glow beetle and did I mention the sloth? 😊

Posted by ErinDriver 08:17 Archived in Costa Rica

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