Another early day. We got up for an 8 am pickup. Today we went out snorkeling on a sailboat and saw some dolphins.
We stopped by the marina and I got a tshirt then, I decided I wanted a hat with SPF 45 built in so I went back in for that. Then Tom decided he wanted a shirt. This time the credit card was declined. I guess they thought it was stolen by then. Luckily, I had a second card.
All this activity made us the last ones inboard. We had been first at the dock.
We sailed out a bit and ran into the dolphins. I got lucky on the pictures. I was just shooting and hoping some would jump up when the shutter went off.
The video below is not mine but similar to what we saw:
The crew came around with wonderful pineapple slices. Yummy!
We sailed by a small rock island covered with brown booby birds. The little islands came up with the shifting of the tectonic plates.
Then snorkeling/swimming. There was a small island with sargent major fish. We had seen those in Barbados.
After this we had a nice lunch of fish, rice, potato, yucca and carrots.
A bit of sailing around then back home. First thing was to call the bank and assure them that the card hadn’t been stolen, it was us making multiple small purchases.
Since we were already wet, we decided to go swimming. A nice dog came over and sat by me while I was reading. He even posed for the camera. I also tried to get a picture of a butterfly on a bush but I don’t think it came out too well.
After showers, we headed in to Quepos to find the ATM again.
Then off to dinner. Our friends from Thrifty were there so we joined then and heard the whole saga of the flat tire.
Back home and writing this…
This was the day we went to Manuel Antonio National Park. I’m only going to post some of the pictures from here and the rest later, depending on the connection.
Our shuttle picked us up at 7 and included the couple we met at the Thrifty on Sunday and the couple we met here for the Quepos grocery run.
At the park we got our guide, Andre, met up with us. He had a super high-powered telescope on a tripod so we could see lots of things would never have seen, especially on our own. Without Andre we probably would have seen nothing!
All of the pictures in a circular frame were taken through the telescope. We saw 2-toed and 3-toed sloths. Their differences were not just in the numbers of toes but several other things such what they ate. We also saw baby bats sleeping, several types of tree frogs, insects, frog larvae.
The frog larvae was interesting. I have 2 pictures. It looked like a gelatinous mass with lots of eyes…which moved. Eventually, the sac will fall off the leaf and into the water below. Those eyes will become tadpoles for a bit, then frogs.
We heard before we saw the howler monkeys. They were very noisy! Eventually one threw a tree branch down toward us, then a bit of monkey poop.
The monkeys are, of course, free to go wherever they want and some were getting killed in the roads. Or they would use the power cables as highways. Not a good idea! The people installed blue cables for them at the routes they normally took. The monkeys can see the blue, use those highways and stay safe.
We also saw another type of monkey, lizards and more.
After this part was over, we forded a stream and had a great fruit snack along with soursop drink. Mmmmmmm. On this trip I’ve had more fruit than a long time.
We went and sat on the beach for a bit, then back “home”.
After naps, there was a barbecue near the pool, then early bed.