• Posted by Jar on Sunday, Oct 31st, 2010

Floods & Fungi

One night, Lauren and Jared encountered a sizable thunderstorm.
The power went out and the close proximity of the lightning drove Lauren into the closet.

This picture is lit entirely by lightning.

Miguel, Lars new bf, stands guard over our sub-development, knee deep in poopwater

it rained so much the town flooded and local boa constrictor threw up an iguana and a half and then died in the road


Today we took the bus to Manuel Antonio. It’s a small, nay, the smallest, national park, in with a big reputation, for being an awesome rain forest crawling with animals. The park admission fee is $10 ($5 you’re a resident) and for an additional $20-45 per person you can hire a guide to point out animals to you and lug around a telescope so you can see them better as you explore the 3 square mile park. Lar and I did not get a guide.

We hiked down a long road and looking where the telescopes were pointed, the guides that people in front of us had purchased saw some sloths, a woodpecker and some little fuzzy guys.

Spot the Pisser, Jungle Edition

We didn’t really see many people or animals while walking around the forested parts of the park, most people were there to soak up some sun and have some fun on the beaches. There were a lot of Capuchin monkeys harassing beach goers. These monkeys, having tasted the superior food of our species, cast down their evolutionary habits as timid foragers and, driven by the possibility of a cheeto or perhaps the corner of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, took up an existence consisting of little more than begging and thievery. To combat this nuisance the park has an employee who waves his finger and yells at people when they start feeding the monkeys.

The beaches were nice. There we saw a lot of hermit crabs, iguanas, coatis, and scantly clad Europeans. We stayed until the park closed and crossed a river on the way out, which is apparently contaminated by the shit water of the hotels and restaurants nearby. There were men with small boats available to ferry folks across the 30 foot wide river, for a small fee.

Then we took the bus home. It was a day to remember.


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  1. Dec 14th, 2010 @ 8:49am

    Wow love seeing you guys in adventureland and Lauren is so radiant in adventureland and jared is as handsome as ever even his two little white calves peeing in the bushes are cute!!!!

    mary votel
  2. Dec 4th, 2010 @ 12:23am

    I’ve been there! Don’t you love the monkey screeches?

  3. Dec 2nd, 2010 @ 3:53pm

    This page is valid xhtml and was dynamically created with 14 database queries in a mere 0.350 seconds.Holy shit!!! “only noobs say xhtml”

  4. Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 2:53pm

    Cool! Finally saw a sloth. Manuel Antonio was my fav beach from the first time around.

  5. Oct 31st, 2010 @ 1:44pm

    cool sloth sighting

  6. Oct 31st, 2010 @ 12:53pm

    Why is sanitation so difficult down there? Do they just expect the massive rainfall to take care of everything?

    Count Choclula
    • Oct 31st, 2010 @ 2:03pm

      Yes they do, and it seems to work most of the time.