Another volcano.

Trip Start Jun 25, 2010
Trip End Jul 10, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Cartago,
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Got up early and went up to the main house to use the Internet while everyone was getting ready.  Checked my email and got some depressing news.  Renee, my house sitter, told me that one of my parrots got out of his cage in the aviary and had died.  If any of the larger birds that are in cages get out the smaller ones attack them.  She said that he was on the side of one of the big enclosed areas and she couldn't reach him.  I could not understand what she was talking about at all.  I asked that she get help and told her where to bury him.  She also told me that one of my quakers, Sammy had gotten out of his cage on the back porch and had flown away.  Sammy is my favorite small bird.  She usually comes back to me but I'm not sure if she will come to Renee.  Hope she is still around in two weeks.  Dodger, the bird that died, is Don's favorite.  I am not going to tell Don until we get back but he's going to know something is wrong.

Went to McDonald's for breakfast. Sara cannot believe they had blacks beans and rice on the menu for breakfast.  Robby had a tortilla and they had stamped it like a soccer ball.  And of course soccer was on the tvs with those awful horns.  First McDonald's I have seen with flat screens all over.

Hit a road block on the way to Braulio Carrillo National Park and had to wait 2 hours to enter the highway.  Finally had enough waiting in the heat so we turned around and went through a small town.  You could smell chocolate baking so we stopped at this panaderia (bakery) and they all ordered lunch.  I refused to eat there because the store must have had 1000 flies in it.  It was really gross.  When I came outside there was another 1000 trying to get in.  I guess they don't have health departments here.

We left there and drove up the mountain and found a stream to eat by.  I had a migraine so I stayed in the car while they all climbed on the rocks and ate lunch.

We then drove up to Turrialba Volcano.  The road was real bad so the others hiked up to check it out, but it was closed.  We drove up to a nice lodge but it was closed too. They had the prettiest hydrangeas I have seen.  There were hummingbirds but they were so hard to capture.

We drove down the mountain on the worst road we have seen yet.  It was very slow going for long time.  We started seeing carrots all over the road.  Then we started seeing potatoes.  All we needed was a dead cow and we could have made stew.

We then came to a truck in the middle of the road.  We couldn't pass it as the men were loading it with bags of potatoes.  Surprisingly Don and Robby got out to help them.  The road was really muddy and they almost slipped a couple of times.  They helped load all the bags and then we had to follow them down the mountain.

This is the first area that we've seen that we would consider buying property in.  We are going to check it out further next week.

I can't believe how fast the clouds and fog roll in.  One minute it's sunny, the next you can't see 5 feet in front of you.  We were driving up a mountain, went around a curve and there was a cow in the middle of the road.  Don had to to slow down and bump him with the bumper to get him to move.  It's strange how the Tico's let their animals run loose.  We saw two horses walking down the sidewalk.

And dogs, they have a ton of stray dogs here.  They run down the middle of the road, alongside and half the time they're laying in the middle of the road sleeping.  We have only seen two hit by cars so far.

They have the neatest property fences here. They are called "Living Fences". They plant these thin trunked trees all along their property line, then they staple 3 or 4 strands of barbed wire to each tree.  After the tree trunk gets to be 4 or 5 inches in diameter they cut the trees down and they are left with fence posts.  They're all crooked, sometimes they shape them like pickets, other ones are painted.  I like them when they are mixed with posts and trees.

Went through a large town called Cartago.  It was pretty wild.  Crazy drivers!  Stopped at a store to buy backpacks for our trip to Panama.

Finally made it home in time to pack for Panama.  We have to leave early.
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