A Night in the Jungle
Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
4Trip End Ongoing
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Nicolas, the French volunteer, arrived about a week ago, so La Casona is getting full. Nico and I tend to work the same hours and have the same day off, so we´re getting to know each other really well
The boys at the Casona are finally getting adjusted to the recent changes. We´re all usually together downstairs at night. Alex studies a lot. Nico likes to sing and play guitar, and sometimes we watch French movies. We all play different music for each other, figuring out what´s popular where. If there´s a futbal game on Carlos and Olman are glued to the broadcast over a cell phone. Live futbal games have even sprung up in the living room before! I´ve started teaching Olman how to play Texas Hold Em´, and have gone into town a few nights with some of the guys to grab dinner or a drink and just get out of the house. Life is getting regular. There´s a pattern to it, a comfort. I´m enjoying much more staying and actually living in one spot rather then constantly passing through town after town.
One of the wonderful things about being here is that I get the opportunity to really see Hacienda Barú and it´s wildlife. The other night I was able to join two of our guests, who happened to be Darrell, the owners cousin, and his wife Rite, on an excursion into the jungle for the night. Darrell and Rita are exactly the type of people you would want to spend a night with- delightful, witty, interesting, intelligent, always positive and smiling and laughing and learning. They definitely made the hike more enjoyable.
Our adventure started at three, when we left the ecolodge and started working our way back into the primary jungle
After dinner we put our hiking boots back on, grabbed our flashlights, and headed out for a short night hike. Unfortunately it was somewhat uneventful, but we did find a red and green poison dart frog, which is unbelievably small. Finding a comfortable long and some stones, we sat down and turned off our flashlights. The true jungle at night. This was one of my favorite parts, I must say. The canopy is so thick it covers any moonlight that might possible have filtered through. Just sitting there in silence, far back in the jungle, listening to the nearby stream and insects as your eyes become use to the dark. It was enchanting.
Eventually we turned our flashlights back on and headed back the camp to hit the sack. After Darrell and Rite headed off for their tent, and while I was getting ready to do the same, Christian, our guide, ran up asking for my camera
Spent half the night staring out the tent just taking it all in. I was hoping for a clear, starry night, as the lights of California usually cover them from view, but this time bright light from a full moon obscured my view. The moon shone so bright while it was rising that I almost needed curtains in my tent. Early in the morning a light rain began and cleared before we woke for breakfast. Being the only rain we encountered on the hike, we definitely had luck on our side!
After a leisurely breakfast of granola, fruit, and coffee, we packed up our bags and began the three hour hike back via a different route
Quite an eventful and memorable adventure if I can say so myself.