Coati's on the Right

Trip Start May 11, 2006
Trip End May 15, 2006

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Corcovado National Park is sold as one of the hottest spots of biodiversity on the face of the planet. Especially for such a small chunk of land mass, there's an exceptional amount of wildlife tramping around in the bush. Surprisingly, the homo sapiens to animal ratio is pretty low, and for two out of the three days that we were there, it almost felt as if we had the entire place to ourselves. Aside form the park rangers and their families, we never ran into any other passers through until the very ending of our second day.

It wasn't until the afternoon of the third day, while crisscrossing our way from beach to bush and back, that we began to bump into other explorers. We could tell we were nearing the borderlands, as little by little, tour groups of three or four slowly trickled past us. But they were nothing more than day hikers, clean, crisp and accompanied by a guide. And on our right we have the ring-tailed coati...

Walking past them I began to realize how foul we really were. Our packs were damp, our feet blistery, and our faces streaked with salty sweat past the point of beading up. At one point, I caught a familiar whiff of rainforest, but realized that it was just soggy Scott three feet in front of me. We had roughed it for three days in the boondocks, and we were beginning to show it. But despite all that, it felt like we had one up on every group of sightseers that we passed. They held hands with their honeys and coat tailed their guides, while we three had braved the jungle alone. They eyed the shadows suspiciously and turned at every rustling leaf. We tramped past them in a hurry, long over the fear of all things slithery. Their packs were light or non-existent, and ours were weighted down, muddied and messed. I was almost proud of how dirty we looked.
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