nature costa rica

We’ve had some very low tides lately on the Pacific coast, in Samara.

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Steve and I took advantage of one of them to walk around Punta Samara, from Playa Samara to Playa Buena Vista.

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Took us just two hours.

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We left the car at the Iguana Verde grocery and lichor store – that was handy for a cold bebida when we returned – but you could easily walk along the beach from Samara Centro.

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There are some hidden sandy beaches along the way.

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and lots of interesting rock formations.

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A shady palapa had been built just for us.

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It was hotter than it looks with the cloud cover but we had remembered to bring water for ourselves and the pup.


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This stairway is about half way along and leads to the road.  Would make a good escape route if the tide had begun to surprise us.

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Instead, we continued on .

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We met some neighbors scavenging for rock dwelling critters.

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A little waterfall would’ve been gushing last night.


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Rocks and sand.

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There’s never a geologist around when you need one?

nature costa rica

When we rounded the final point, the rain swollen Rio Buena Vista didn’t look crossable, even at low tide,

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but these guys braved it.  On to Playa Buena Vista for surf and sun.  Or caring for turtle nests at the nursery about 1/2 klick down.

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Instead, we headed back along the dirt road,

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until we met up with highway 160, also dirt, and back to the car.




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Steve’s finally got himself a motorbike.  He put an engine on his bicycle.  He can still pedal if he wants to but this makes the hills around here a lot more fun.


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Now, he can ride with the big boys but he’s looking for new members of his own club.

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You know you live in Costa Rica when you’re awakened in the pre-dawn by glass crashing to the floor and upon inspection you find that a fist-sized frog has been kicking delicates off the shelf.

In the spirit of truth in reporting, I must disclose that it wasn’t my house and it was a beer bottle instead of a wine glass.  But you get the idea.  And the cat was innocent.

So, yesterday afternoon, when I arrived home, I witnessed the unusual even of a Howler Monkey on the ground.  Today, there were three males – that’s unusual in itself, I think – traversing the pavement in front of my gate near Samara, Costa Rica.  Two climbed the fence, leaped the tree, and continued on down the road along the phone line.  The third, confused perhaps by my arrival, ran across my yard and disappeared into the thicket.

The sky is BLACK.  We are expecting rain.  And more . . . . .

Coincidence?  I think not.

howler monkey samara costa rica

A rare sight in Samara – a monkey on the ground.  As we stopped to open the gate, he climbed up onto our gate post.  As he scrambled away on a phone line, we saw a bit of a limp.  he must have fallen because it’s very rare to see Howler Monkeys on the ground.


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