UGA Day 2

Trip Start May 23, 2011
Trip End Jun 02, 2011

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University of Georgia

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Monday, May 30, 2011

30 May 2011

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.

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