Friday, January 07, 2011 6:20 AM
On our night walk on Jan. 5, we saw several kinds of small frogs, including the red-eyed tree frog, a large walking stick and some bats. We also saw the Basilisk lizard, also known as the Jesus Christ Lizard, because it can walk on water. Today, we began the day with a two-hour cruise on the Sarapiqui' River on which we saw Cayman, two-toed sloths, three-toed sloths, Keel-billed Toucans, Ibis, wild pigs, a sun grebe, iguana, Howler monkeys and many other birds. Then the second half of the morning we went to an organic Pineapple Plantation. They are also experimenting with growing Papaya there. We ate the most delicious píneapple possible. We also saw a Tarya (a type of weasel), a two-toed sloth and Howler monkeys while we were there. In the afternoon, we went on a two-hour hike in the rain forest at the Tirimbina Reserve where we saw many birds and learned much about ecological research in Costa Rica. We also saw our first poisonous snake, the Hog-nosed pit viper, in the wild. After our long hike, we visited a Costa Rica family who had a very small farm and saw how people live quite simply. We made our own tortillas and had some homemade cheese. The day was mostly rain-free and was in the low 80's and humid. Tomorrow we leave for the active volcano Arenal. We will be hiking on a lava flow. All are learning to see God's creation with a new perspective.