Thursday, April 23, 2009

Barra Honda y Playa Tamarindo

This will be a kind of short blog posting because after leaving Monteverde, I had a pretty uneventful week and didn't take many pictures.
We camped at Parque Nacional Barra Honda for two nights and it was HOT! The day we arrived it was 104F in the shade and pretty humid. We walked into town and Rolene talked to a school and the principal gave us the fruit. Strange and beautiful, no? And, very tasty!
The last three shots are from Playa Tamarindo, on the Pacific Coast. Rolene's family came to visit so she stayed with them and I stayed in a hostel in town. It was kind of lonely, but I think it was good to have that down time to process and get ready to leave the walk.

I'm in San Jose now and on Saturday I fly to Mexico City for two weeks, and then I'm homeward bound! I can't believe it's the end of my trip. I'm so sad I can barely think about it, so I'm not. This is not to say that I'm not excited to come home, because I really am, but these 4 months have been wonderful to say the least--life changing is more like it. I'm nervous to come home to "real life" with jobs and school and trying to find a place to live and paying bills and all that stuff I haven't had to think about. Luckily I have so many of you to lean on when I need it.
One curious difference in my life that I didn't anticipate is that I've been eating a mostly vegan diet for a couple weeks and I like it. I never had any interest in it before, but a series of events led me to try it out and I feel really good and plan on continuing to eat almost no meat or dairy (though I've had some fish, and in this area it's really hard to fully avoid animal products). I'm no purist so I'm not worried about cutting everything out, but after reading the first 3rd of a book called The China Study, I was convinced. Plus, for whatever reason, for the few weeks before reading that book, I had been reacting badly to meat and dairy anyhow, so I was ready to hear what the author had to say about eating animal protein.
Anyhoo, enough about that.
I hope everyone is happy and healthy, wherever you're reading this from.
Abrazos a todo!


  1. Reasons I am happy:
    You seem happy.
    Your words, your pictures.
    You're coming up north again soon, I hope near me.
    The veganism business, which I find nearly shocking because of my apparently limited knowledge of the geography of such cuisine.

  2. We are excited to see you in de efe! Two weeks---enough time to see everyone and hopefully decompress/transition from the walk to el norte. Hasta pronto!