Morgan's Jungle Birthday

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Don't know what kind of snake this is...
The pre-breakfast canoe tour on the canals was lovely - there were several other boats out (and some motor boats which were annoying...technically they have to turn off the motor when they're in the national park area, but they don't always). We saw spider monkeys playing in the tops of the trees (and throwing branches and coconuts at our boat to scare us off), we heard howler monkeys, saw iguanas sunning themselves at the tops of trees, then a caiman in the water, and saw all manner of egrets, kingfishers, herons, and then we were treated by the sight of an otter who came out of the water and hopped around on a log for us.

We came back and got breakfast at Miss Junie's (banana pancakes - yummy) and checked out the one-street town. It's Morgan's birthday today and I looked everywhere in vain for some kind of birthday cake and/or candles so we could celebrate, but I couldn't find anything.
...but here's a closer look!
We looked around for souvenirs but I didn't find anything, so we caught up on email and Facebook (as best we could - the internet at Miss Junie's is intermittent at best) and napped. We went into the town's ice cream shop for our lunch of not-great ice cream (but it's still ice cream, and it's still hot out). We both had pistachio (that didn't taste like pistachio) in fluorescent-colored kid cones. Morgan got a coffee there, and it was a ridiculously long process. The machine was a pod machine, but the girl kept putting in tiny bits of water in the reservoir, so not enough would come out so she would add a tiny bit more. And she wouldn't serve it black - only with frothy milk with the pretty heart shape in the froth.

We decided last minute to do the self-guided jungle walk since we already had tickets into the national park.
Leaf cutter ants
We almost blew it off because other folks said they didn't see much, but it turned out pretty cool. We saw spider monkeys playing in the tree tops almost as soon as we walked onto the path. One monkey was throwing things at us--they can be fierce! We saw 2 eyelash vipers - tiny and bright yellow (and venomous and very dangerous, apparently), a basilisk (or Jesus Christ lizard), a green snake with a black grid pattern, and loads of HUGE spiders with equally huge webs. The end of the trail spits you out by the Caribbean, so you can walk back to town on the beach, or back the way you came on the trail, which we did. After leaving the park, we heard squawking and saw a bunch of chickens and a rooster in a tree. Okey-dokey.

Several of our tour-mates were going on the night hike, and a few were eating in the hotel restaurant, but we were hungry and wanted to try something different, so we went with Richard to find another local soda and we ate at one about halfway through and it was pretty good.
Jesus Christ Lizard
They didn't have desserts, and I felt bad that we couldn't have a proper birthday celebration for Morgan. The three of us decided to go to the disco we had seen facing the river. Richard and I got an Imperial (the local beer) and I talked to the barman to see if there was some special fruity drink we could use as a birthday drink,but they had nothing except Coke. We hated the music, so we went to the only other disco/bar in town...the one with the life-size JarJar Binks statue. Yes, that's right, JarJar Binks, the character from Star Wars. No idea why it's there, but it is. We got another drink there and called it a night.

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Dont know what kind of snake this…
Don't know what kind of snake thi…
...but heres a closer look!
...but here's a closer look!
Leaf cutter ants
Leaf cutter ants
Jesus Christ Lizard
Jesus Christ Lizard
Fungi
Fungi
Eyelash viper
Eyelash viper
Local church
Local church
Schoolyard
Schoolyard
Caribbean Sea
Caribbean Sea
Forest view
Forest view
Anyone know what this plant is?
Anyone know what this plant is?
Me and JarJar Binks
Me and JarJar Binks
Tortuguero main street
Tortuguero main street
Tortuguero
photo by: Paulovic