Last Day in Monteverde

Trip Start Aug 03, 2013
Trip End Aug 24, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Saturday, August 17, 2013

One of the troubles that I have when traveling alone is that there is never a person who wants to do exactly what I want to do when I want to do it. Shocker, right? It's almost like forming an alliance on Survivor. When you want to do something, you've got to find a battle buddy/buddies and quick before someone else grabs them!

My dancing, doctor friend Mike was also staying behind for the weekend in Monteverde while most others went to Arenal. We hit up the cheese factory. Those of you who really know me, should know that I LOVEEEEE cheese. The factory was originally founded by American Quakers that were jailed for refusing to enter the draft. They brought their whole lives to Monteverde via oxen and cart, and they learned how to make cheese by writing to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Their signature cheese is unique and one of the most delicious cheeses I've ever had! I had several samples of cheese, and may or may not have had another caramel swirl ice cream before we left.

We then walked around the Children's Eternal Forest Reserve. it is entirely funded by children who raise money for it around the world and special donations. There were no guides, only a guided path, so Mike and I tried our eyes at armature bird watching. Turns out that we were not too bad. We saw tons of birds and lots of butterflies once again. 

If I have not mentioned the dog situation in Costa Rica yet, let me explain. The dogs are let loose to roam and seriously go out a meet their friends during the day to play. They return home when it's time to eat. Mike and I made several dog friends that day. One included the cutest little puppy ever. He would not stop following us, so we had to run away from him so he would not get lost. 

We then met up with Rod at a cafe for lunch, and had a spirited political conversation. We then walked down to lower should see the hill we had to walk up and down. What a cool place. There was a restaurant in a tree, tons of shops, and tons of people.

Time to pack for the last stop!
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