Jamie's Relic; & The Tiger King of Montezuma

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
Trip End Feb 21, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Sunday, February 3, 2013

Jamie's Relic

Part of the fun of staying at Luna Llena is the people you meet while you are there.

This was our third time to stay at Luna Llena, and the travelers were 'muy amable.'

Cooking meals in the shared kitchen, visiting while doing so and seeing what delicious meals someone else is coming up with.

On this particular trip Danielle and Matt, Darshon and Alex, Jamie and Joel, Babs and others were among the may  who fixed attractive meals!

Some here this time were either vegetarian or vegan   so it was interesting to see what different things they fixed.  Lots of great smells, garlic, onions, curries and so on.

We prepared some good meals while we were here but seems the one that got the most rave reviews were the mango and spinach quesadillas!  Served them along with a nice green salad.  This is one thing I have noticed while traveling.  It is hard to get a good salad and they are very seldom part of the meal.  Maybe because eating something like lettuce/tomatoes can be a little iffy if you do not know how clean the kitchen is or were they washed correctly.  Washed our veggies thoroughly so did fine.

Sitting around the table having some great conversations, sharing stories and a lot of laughs.  There are people from so many varied backgrounds that the conversations can take some quite interesting twists and turns.

One night Jamie and Joel brought up Jamie's camera, which is an antique, like a sacred technological relic, and  it was much admired by all. 

Tiger King of Montezuma

 (by Robert)

Montezuma is a seaside village, a hodge podge of colorful  buildings on streets and gravel alleys carved into the coastal jungle at the base of cliffs

 If you look beyond the buildings, signs /electrical wire clutter, and the beautiful gardens you can often spot interesting wildlife in the native bush right inside the town.

On several trips we have come to see the Yellow throated  Tiger Heron as the 'king' of the wildlife in Montezuma .  Stalking and hunting and strutting  along the beach or the beachfront bosque it will suddenly and surprisingly extend its head and neck to double its height, baring its crown jewels,  the beautiful yellow patch of skin at its throat.

 It can also expand its neck feathers to a surprising size.  At night along the waterfront it will often cry out its growling roar as if it is telling the noisy roosting grackles to STFU !

On this trip we had observed an immature outside of town did had not seen the king dude until the very last day when we got up before sunrise and rolled our obscene amount of luggage down the hill from Luna Llena before sunrise to the bus area.  As the sun rose I tapped Laura and  pointed to the black vocanic rocks in the surf : there stood the King ,   his back to the sea, neck fully extended and head thrown back, crowing his growl at all who DARED to stir in his kingdom of Montezuma.

I was going to take the camera our to try and capture the spectacle but he flew toward the quebrada or rocky creekside foreast that the bus area is built in.

We watched his progress as he flew among the huge trees until he alighted very close to us !  Then he flew a short distance and perched on electrical wires right above us and began to preen.

It was if he knew we were his long time admirers, and came to receive our admiring gaze and allow himself to be photographed once again!

He stayed there and we with him, until the San Jose Directo Bus noisily made its way down the steep hill from Cobano into Montezuma.

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