SLOTH IN THE CAR PARK

Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
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Trip End Aug 18, 2010


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Monday, May 10, 2010

It was raining and cold and we departed early across a lake to Monteverde. We were unable to appreciate the landscape as the cloud line was low. The sun brightened up and we took the bus at the other end of the lake journey to Monteverde. 

We were staying at El Establo which was initially a farm established by a family who along with other Quakers in 1950s, fled the USA rather than letting their sons go to the Korean War.   When they arrived in this lush neighbourhood there wasn't any running water or electricity.  Today it is utterly different.

The hotel was vast and seemed odd that it had over a hundred bedrooms and yet there must have been only a few guests.  You wonder whether it is ever full.  They offered night tours and zip lining so we enrolled on a tour that evening.  

After a school lesson Ian went out for a jog and then came flying back as a two-toed sloth was in the car park.  We raced out; what excitement!  There hanging from a walkway was the sloth watching its audience with some amusement.  He then came down onto the road and started, with some difficulty, a clumsy walk on the hard surface.  He crawled along with his front paws turned up so his lengthy nails did not hinder his walk. Fynn got down on all fours and walked beside him and he just watched bu twas not perturbed by his followers. We must have watched him for twenty minutes until he found a new tree and started his climb. Apparently Sloths only come down to defecate* or die,this one was the former not that we saw, but he looked far too active to be dying.  Actually really pleased he didn't or he too would have been wrapped in a dressing gown and taken to bed with the kids. 

10th May

El Establo

It was raining and cold and we departed early across a lake to Monteverde.  We were unable to appreciate the landscape as the cloud line was low.  The sun brightened up and we took the bus at the other end of the lake journey to Monteverde. 

We were staying at El Establo which was initially a farm established by a family who along with other Quakers in 1950s, fled the USA rather than letting their sons go to the Korean War.   When they arrived in this lush neighbourhood there wasn’t any running water or electricity.  Today it is utterly different.

The hotel was vast and seemed odd that it had over a hundred bedrooms and yet there must have been only a few guests.  You wonder whether it is ever full.  They offered night tours and zip lining  so we enrolled on a tour that evening.  

After a school lesson Ian went out for a jog and then came flying back as a two-toed sloth was in the car park.  We raced out; what excitement!  There hanging from a walkway was the sloth watching its audience with some amusement.  He then came down onto the road and started, with some difficulty, a clumsy walk on the hard surface.  He crawled along with his front paws turned up so his lengthy nails did not hinder his walk.  Fynn got down on all fours and walked beside him and he just watched but was not perturbed by his followers.  We must have watched him for twenty minutes until he found a new tree and started his climb. Apparently Sloths only come down to defecate* or die, this one was the former not that we saw, but he looked far too active to be dying.  Actually really pleased he didn’t or he too would have been wrapped in a dressing gown and taken to bed with the kids.

 * We found out that their visit to the loo takes a good half an hour (so good reading material required) and then he moves far away from the place where he has left his message as it is rather smelly and also denotes his location to any predators.

That evening we went on a night walk.  Armed with little torches we went up into the hills above the hotel.  We saw some birds sleeping, tarantulas, some great bugs but no armadillos.  We need to see an armadillo.  
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