Monday, January 10, 2011 4:21 PM
This morning a couple of us took a 6:00 a.m. nature walk. We saw an agouti and many species of birds, including the Blue-crowned Motmot and the Chiriqui Quail-dove. After another delicious Costa Rican breakfast, we drove over the Continental Divide to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest. There we took a two-hour hike on which we saw many species of plants and birds, as well as a juvenile two-toed sloth. We were all a little sad as we left the cloud forest, because we knew it was our last hike on this trip in one of Costa Rica's magnificent forests. After another scrumptious lunch, we hiked down to an insect and butterfly garden. There we learned about native spiders, beetles, praying mantis, walking sticks, and butterfly. Allison Bouma, Nola Sawyer and Dr. Roose even each held a tarantula spider in their hands. Then, while still there, we visited areas representing the four climate areas of Costa Rica, each with many butterfly native to that Costa Rican region. We are going to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean again as evening approaches. Tomorrow we will drive to the airport and begin our journey home. This is our last update for this wonderful experience in this part of God's beautiful and diverse creation.