Throughout Costa Rica, you see concrete tanks, often painted blue, along the roadside.
My Uncle John was very fond of saying “Water is the First Principle of Social Organization.” John was a pretty big-time anthropologist, so he knew his social organization.
We headed out one morning to go see the nacimiento (spring) up in the mountains that supplies a nearby town with water. On the way we ran into a blockage on the road. Thanks to the delay, we learned a neat trick: how to unload a bulldozer from a dump truck.
When the road was clear, we switchbacked our way up the hills as far as our four-wheel drive would take us. We’d walk the rest of the way.
A toucan kept its eye on us.
We started out from a field, from which there was a nice view of the valley from where we’d come.
After the field it would be forest and jungle the rest of the way.
We encountered the pipeline from the spring. No worries about frost here, it just runs along the surface.
From an opening in the trees we get a last view of the valley.
Then we head farther in. The trees closed in. It got darker.
It was dark, but not too dark for one of us to find a hummingbird nest.
The trail is getting steeper.
This post has gotten long enough…too long?
We saw more wonderful things along the way.
To be continued…