Last day in Costa Rica

I still haven’t had the opportunity yet to get to an internet cafe’ computer (with enabled USB plugs) and upload my longer post from a couple of days ago…

Today was really great! We got picked up by a 30 seat tour bus, picked up more tourists from other hotels, and then went on up the mountain. We made a few stops for views, bathroom breaks and coffee at a famous, award winning plantation. Once we got to the volcano center it was a brief 600m walk and then we were there. It was very spectacular! We were a ways (possibly 60-80m vertical) above the primary crater lagoon. There was an abundance of steam rising, and several sulfer outlets around the edges. It was a spectacular view down two sides of the mountain, and on one side we could see out to the Carribean Ocean.

After that we dropped a few passengers off (who didn’t pay enough) and continued on to a waterfall garden. It was a well designed complex of a huge bird aviary, butterfly gardens, snake displays, amphibian displays and waterfall viewing (with a requisite resteraunt & gift shop of course). I shot many pictures, and quite a bit of video footage. The tucans & parrots were a brilliant blaze of colors, and we got to pick up and hold butterflies in their area. The humming bird area (not enclosed with nets) was particulary facsinating with probably almost 100 of them zip-zipping around. I’m unsure of how my pics turned out there since it is too difficult to adjust the shutter speed. I’ll probably finalize the disk in the next couple of days and get a bunch more pictures up…

Tomorrow we fly out at 11:00 AM, but have to be at the airport for 8:00 so still no real sleep-in.

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