Thursday, February 15, 2007


My wife and I are in the final detail planning stage of our Spring Break Vacation. We are heading back to Costa Rica (For the Fourth Time!). We absolutely love this country. Previous trips have netted us glimpses of virtually all the areas that the touristos go to, so this trip will be spent primarily in remote areas. Although she was always a birder, my wife was not as fanatical a birder as she has morphed into the last couple years. Therefore, on this trip we will primarily be birding, looking for shots of Resplendent Quetzals, Bell Birds, Toucans, etc. There are 30 species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica! Because of the time of year we will also be able to see many birds that end up in various spots in North America during the Spring and Summer, as they are on their migration trip North from South America. Because of where we are going and how we are getting there, we will be limited to 30 pounds of luggage each. After cameras, lenses, binoculars, birding manuals, underwear and a toothbrush, we won't be able to pack much more! (I'll sneak in a book or two somehow)

Three days of the trip will be spent in the Tortuguero National Park and the Tortuguero Protected Zone. (You should be able to see it on the map on the North-Eastern part of the country). Much of our time there will be traveling up and down rivers and canals in boats and canoes.

HOWEVER, our good old faithful travel agent is now negotiating on getting us a personalized tour of the National Library in San Jose on our day of arrival. How cool is that !! I intend to find out if they have Friends groups and if we can exchange communications and ideas.

She is also working on places for me to get Internet access on computers with USB ports so I can upload both posts and pictures to this blog as we go along. So, I hope to be able to give you both nature photos and library photos! I can't wait ..... I'm almost packed already.

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