Costa Rica 2014: From the Mountain of the Dead to a Peaceful Home.

MUSOC, here we come.

After our San José night at Casa Ridgway, we go in the morning to the MUSOC bus station, for a ride over the Mountain of Death to San Isidro de el General, where we’ll be met by family.

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The fare for an hours-long ride is inexpensive, a little over three thousand colones, about six dollars, US. To take a tourist shuttle would cost ten times as much. A cab would be between a hundred and a hundred and twenty dollars.

The MUSOC bus is large and comfortable.

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On our way, we shall travel over the Cerro de la Muerte, or the “Mountain of Death”, Cost Rica’s highest point.

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Cycling is a hugely popular sport in Costa Rica.
As we start upslope after passing Cartago, we see bike after bike, whizzing downslope. It’s Saturday, and the avid cyclists have been out for hours. Here we see them coming back home after a morning ride up a mountain.

We have not been here in three years, due to some health issues that kept us from traveling.

Costa Rica changes quickly. We notice absences from past visits, and new things that have appeared.

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New along mountain ridges are wind turbines. Costa Rica has excellent wind power potential, and these windmills are part of the effort to get away from polluting fossil fuel electricity.

Climbing, climbing.

We enter the clouds.

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Vegetation species change with the rise in altitude.

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There are oak trees in these highlands, apples and raspberries and blueberries are here, too.

How about thistles that grow ten to fifteen feet high?

You wouldn’t think of Costa Rica as having alpine environments, but it does.

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Before the days of good roads, people actually did occasionally die of exposure on these high peaks.

Outside a roadside house is a pile of firewood.

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The bush to the right of the house is a hydrangea.
Notice the satellite dish on the roof?
You now see these dishes everywhere in the country.

And then we begin to descend.

Pastures appear in the valleys off to the side of the road.

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San Isidro!

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The larger white speck in the built-up area is the city cathedral.

Our family meets us. We will continue by car the rest of the way home.

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Going through town, we notice that what was once a tiny corner fruit, stand less than ten years ago, is now a much larger, thriving enterprise. San Isidro, or as it’s often known, “Perez Zeladon”, is growing fast.

We stop at a roadside restaurant.

I have a “casado”, a typically available restaurant meal.

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A fish “casado”. It’s a good one.
2,500 colones. (A bit under five dollars.)

After about a half hour, we take a side road, for the remaining eight or nine kilometers of our trip, on a shake-rattle gravel and dirt road.

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We pass living fenceposts and red-dirt pastures, as we descend into the little valley where home awaits.

And then we are there.

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Home sweet home away from home.

 So end our trip-to-Costa-Rica travel details…

Futre posts will attend to details.

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4 responses to “Costa Rica 2014: From the Mountain of the Dead to a Peaceful Home.

  1. When I clicked on the “read more of this post” it took me to a page that said that nothing more could be found of that post.

  2. Well, I can see what looks like the entire post now! An interesting little mini vacation. I have never been to Costa Rica – probably never will in person – but this was a wonderful little trip. And what a nice little house to arrive at.

    • I never thought I’d go to Costa Rica either, and particularly never thought I’d have to start learning Spanish, but both have happened in the last twelve years. You never know. There’s lots more Costa Rica to come, on the ‘pile…stay “tuned”.

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