[caption id="attachment_5012" align="alignnone" width="545"]We started out along Playa Carrillo, just 4 km from Casa Mango and Casa Papaya. We started out along Playa Carrillo, just 4 km from Casa Mango and Casa Papaya.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5013" align="alignnone" width="545"]Our first river crossing made a shady rest stop. Our first river crossing made a shady rest stop.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5021" align="alignnone" width="545"]Every village has a church. Every village has a church.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5023" align="alignnone" width="545"]And a football field - la plaza. And a football field - la plaza.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5020" align="alignnone" width="545"]You want to keep your distance in the dry (dusty) months. You want to keep your distance in the dry (dusty) months.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5027" align="alignnone" width="545"]I loved these helmets.  Virtually dust free. I loved these helmets. Virtually dust free.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5028" align="alignnone" width="545"]The cows were curious in the ranch country. The cows were curious in the ranch country.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5026" align="alignnone" width="545"]We stopped for a pleasant lunch in a typical fresh air restaurant. We stopped for a pleasant lunch in a typical fresh air restaurant.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5030" align="alignnone" width="545"]Playa Corazalito for a break. Playa Corazalito for a break.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5031" align="alignnone" width="545"]Trail Boss includes the automatic Quads and all safety gear. Trail Boss includes the automatic Quads and all safety gear.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5022" align="alignnone" width="545"]Trail Boss has a variety of tours at a variety of prices ranging from $32.50/person for a shared 2 hour cruise to $125/person for an 8 hour adventure. Trail Boss has a variety of tours at a variety of prices ranging from $32.50/person for a shared 2 hour cruise to $125/person for an 8 hour adventure.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5014" align="alignnone" width="545"]The trail boss, Don Sherman, and his cook and banker, Winnie. The trail boss, Don Sherman, and his cook and banker, Winnie.  Call 8730-3503 for a reservation or  trailbossatvtours@gmail.com.[/caption]

b- puerta 2

My husband, the graphic designer, likes to say “It’s all about signage”.

As a retired architect, I argue that good design doesn’t need signage.

b- puerta 1

I rest my case.

(Puerta is Spanish for “door”.)

childrens soccer camp

Today FIFA came to town with a free children’s soccer camp – I’m sorry that I couldn’t find any alliteration for futbol, as most of the world knows the game.

soccer in samara costa rica

There must have been 200 children, elementary school age, playing on our beautifully maintained central plaza.

soccer camp

FIFA trained local coaches yesterday so there were at least 3 for every age group.

fifa in samara costa rica

The kids were up at dawn, pushing their parents out the door.  The color-coded shirts were theirs to keep.

scrub euphona

scrub euphona

My sister spotted 3 more bird species in our front yard.  That’s 27 identified over five mornings.

scrub euphona

scrub euphona

nutting's flycatcher

nutting’s flycatcher

nutting's flycatcher

nutting’s flycatcher

masked tityra

masked tityra

masked tityra

masked tityra

masked tityra

masked tityra

collared aracari

collared aracari

collared aracari

collared aracari

collared aracari

collared aracari

parrots fill the tree

parrots fill the tree

barred antshrike

barred antshrike

long-tailed manakin

long-tailed manakin

unidentified

unidentified

Can anyone help us identify the birds we couldn’t?

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

red-billed pigeon

red-billed pigeon

red-billed pigeon

red-billed pigeon

nutting's flycatcher

nutting’s flycatcher

nutting's flycatcher

nutting’s flycatcher

long-tailed manakin

long-tailed manakin

groove-billed ani

groove-billed ani collecting nest materials

?flycatcher?

?flycatcher?

?flycatcher?

?flycatcher?

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