A Walk In The Clouds
Trip Start May 23, 2009
9Trip End May 30, 2009
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During our hike I came up with an entertainment idea for the guides at Monteverde to run and make some extra cash. I told Juan Carlos that since many of the guides know how to mimic bird and monkey sounds, that at night they should run a show called "Costa Rican Idol" where the guides get together and have a contest for who can make the best bird/monkey calls. I told him they could record the bird making the actual call so that the audience would know what it sounds like. Then the guides could each take their turn making the call. The audience could then vote on the best imitator. I told him that as there wasn't much to do in the area during the evening, I thought people would pay $5 to come to the show
After touring the Reserve, Doug and I decided there wasn't much left to do or see, and I think Doug was really curious to see what my cousin was up to, so we checked out early and headed off to La Fortuna. Let me say that we had read and been given many warnings about the road between the 2 towns (about a 3-4 hr drive). People reported it to be difficult, dangerous, horrific, and death-defying. While it was dirt and gravel, narrow, and rural, we found it to be no big deal. In fact we never even needed to engage the 4-wheel drive. I guess some people have simply grown too accustomed to the big city and are only using their SUV's to get over speed bumps in the mall parking lot or something. Then again, perhaps the road gets much worse during the heavy rains. Regardless, it was a piece-of-cake and a picturesque drive.
We arrived to our lodging at El Silencio del Campo in La Fortuna around 7:00 that evening and Eliomar at the reception desk already knew about us and talked about David like he was an old friend. He informed us that our cousin was taking a massage currently. No suprise there! He also told us that my cousin had been ziplining earlier in the day!!!!! It seems that my cousin had taken Doug's pleas to heart and had stepped outside his comfort zone. We said we'd believe it when we saw some pictures.
While we were speaking with Eliomar, up sauntered my cousin with an Imperial cerveza in hand and looking all relaxed. We exchanged hugs, caught up on the last 24 hrs., unpacked our bags and went in search of dinner
Our cousin had picked out a great spot to spend our time. El Silencio del Campo had everything you could want and then some. It was a cabin-room with enough space for the 3 of us, private bathroom, small fridge, TV (unnecessary), restaurant, pool and a volcanic hot pool. The gardens were very well manincured as well. You have to give it to my cousin, he can always find a nice place to lay your head and relax.
We had our churrasco steaks at El Novillo and the guys dropped me off at our cabin as they went in search of a 6 pack of Imperial and some cigars. When they returned we were entertained by my cousin, who evidently has a big aversion to all things insect, trying to free our room from a cicada.