The Nacimiento Trip, Costa Rica 2016 #8

Throughout Costa Rica, you see concrete tanks, often painted blue, along the roadside.

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Shadow portrait on water tank.

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.

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Have a pile of dirt handy at roadside.

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And just drive off the truck onto the pile.

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.

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Off to the nacimiento.

A toucan kept its eye on us.

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We started out from a field, from which there was a nice view of the valley from where we’d come.

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Looking across the valley.

After the field it would be forest and jungle the rest of the way.

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Into the woods.

We encountered the pipeline from the spring. No worries about frost here, it just runs along the surface.

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A union joint in the pipeline. This is an older steel section. Newer parts of the line are plastic.

From an opening in the trees we get a last view of the valley.

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From the top of that far ridge, you can see the Pacific Ocean. 

Then we head farther in. The trees closed in. It got darker.

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Into the woods.

It was dark, but not too dark for one of us to find a hummingbird nest.

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Hummingbird nest. What holds a nest like this together, and how is it attached to the place it’s made? Spider webs.

Onward.

The trail is getting steeper.

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…Along the steep edges of a quebrada (ravine). 

This post has gotten long enough…too long?

We saw more wonderful things along the way.

To be continued…

 

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