So this morning I had to pack my lunch. My lunch consisted of orange juice, a peanut butter pineapple jam and banana sandwich and some sugar cookies. Today I was going to be able to see the Monteverde Cloud Forest! I was amazed when we got to the cloud forest. The fine mist felt good on my skin as it came down. When I first got there, the guide already spotted a viper in the tree and set up his scope to show us the snake. I knew from then on that the guided hike was going to be fun. I liked the hike though, because it was much slower and I could enjoy the birds and the wildlife more. Of course all the birds were great, but I enjoyed looking for the Resplinded Queztal for about 20 minutes, which was well worth it. When the hike ended was able to purchase a small purse from the gift shop. I really like the colors of the purse. I also was able to see the hummingbird garden at the location. To see the amazing birds up close was so cool
. They whizzed back and forth all over the place! On our way back to UGA the driver allowed us to stop in Santa Elena for a few minutes. It was different being able to see the local town instead of being in a secluded part of Costa Rica. I ended up buying a few bracelets for my sisters and key chains for my parents. Sadly, I did not get some of the delicious ice cream Ronnie talked about. Perhaps, I will have another opportunity to return and purchase some. By the time we headed back to UGA the rain came in buckets. I think I have now gotten use to the rain around this time every day. Once we reached UGA I sat on the porch in hopes it would die down. I relaxed and enjoyed some coffee while listening to the raindrops. I may have dozed off a few times… Later in the afternoon around 4PM, a guest speaker Mark Wainwright gave a speech on Declining Amphibians and Resurgence of them. It was a really good presentation, as I was able to use some of the information I learned in Environmental Science in high school. Towards the end of the presentation, which I thought was the end; I was ready to go to dinner. But, it was not the end and the time seemed to drag on and on and on. I really tried not to fall asleep, but was totally zoned out. At 6:30 I was able to eat dinner, which was the best since I been here. I even got seconds. I cannot wait till I am able to go to the treehouse café. The dreaded night hike I feared was ok. Standing in the dark and listening to the sounds of the forest was enjoyable and relaxing. I was able to reflect on my life and my time in Costa Rica, which made me appreciate all the opportunities I have been given.