Lost in the Mountains and Rainforrest

Trip Start Jun 02, 2005
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Friday, June 17, 2005

Travled from the surf town of Tamarindo to the central highlands and to northern Costa Rica. It is really a challenge to travel in this country for many reasons which I wonīt go into just yet cause I am sure there will be many story telling days to come involving travel. But, a few buses and taxi rides later, I ended up in a remote town in the mountains of northern Costa Rica, overlookng Lake Nicaragua. I was guided here by my brothersī friend who owns some property here. Now, the directions were simply to get to this small town and take a cab to San Miquel and ask for Mario, a red haired "large" man who will be quite thrilled to know I am the friend of his friend. Well, let me tell you, it was not quite that easy nor was it very smoothe. First of all, the road to this "town" was not suitable for a regular car and the cab driver refused to take me, and rightly so. I mannaged to find a young man with a truck who charged a heinous amount of money and in the dark and rain, we got to this San Miguel place where there was a store the size of a medium sized bathroom and primarily sold cigarettes and pineapples. When we asked about this Mario guy, we learned he lived quite a bit further and of course the guy wanted to charge me more to get there. What was I to do on a dirt rutted road with HUGE hilly ups and downs, in the middle of the jungle at night, not knowing where the hell I was going. I didnt understand any of their conversation, but we continued on and ended up on another road, crossing a bridge and through some cattle gates to a house, which looked abandoned and like no one had visited there in years. But there was Mario, deep throated after years of smoking and sucking on gassoline (a long story for another time) sitting on his dark doorstep, shocked at the arrival of a car. When I explained to him that I was the friend of the person who owned a house on his land he was quite thrilled and emediatley welcomed me with about as warm of a welcome as a 250 pound gentle giant is cappable of. Mind you, there is nobody, man or women in this country who exceeds 170 lbs and that is no joke. Okay, maybee the italian guy who owns that huge hotel on the beach, but not a costa rican. As I soon learned after a couple of days, this guy, in between his hard work on the land, sits and smokes and drinks coffee all day and all night. He is alone. Nothing around. No electricity. No nothing, but monkeys, bioluminescent bugs and his horses. I still donīt know what to make of it all, but this was no simple relaxing vacation. There was shit to be done here and lots of it. The place is crawling with little bugs and ants and there is rotting fruit and much cleaning. Luckily, I brought some rations, but not really for this type of situation. Little did I know. But, Mario has a huge heart and through his toughness, we mannaged to share all of our meals and many stories and he made me feel very welcome. And for the next time I go there, I am now sure of what to bring and how to go. The Land is situated on the fence boundary of one of the many national parks in this country. This park, containing a non acitve voclano and, when it is not raining, a river/waterfall that is as blue as turquoise and you would not believe it unless you saw it, which I didnīt, but I saw his pictues (and I will go back to try to see it) and many hotsprings. There was also a little stream that ran through the property which I could go swimming in without clothes, cause there is really no one around. Overall, a beautiful place with comfortable accomodations and there was even a potential rainbow gathering there!! The family sought out his place for a world gathering and for those of you who know what is required for a gathering, this place had it all, including the potential energy for much spiritual intense energy to be extracted from the land. But, it remains pristine and beautiful and a place I would love to spend more time, if I could bring a car full of rations and survival goods. So now, back in the city and next maybee to the south western coast or maybee back to the carribean. I will let you know. Pictures to come, too. Much love to all.
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