Hanging Out In The Clouds
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When you pay for a trip called the "Jeep-Boat-Jeep to Monteverde" you would expect 3 very basic things to happen; you get into a jeep, you get on a boat and you get to Monteverde. When you are collected in a mini-van you keep expecting to be dropped off at a jeep. Even when I was in the second mini van after the boat pulling into my hostel I was expecting to see the ever illusive jeep.
The scenery of the journey was fantastic. It was amazing when the "jeep" went through the clouds for the first time. Always think it is amazing to be above the clouds regardless of how many times I get on a plane which obviously will be above the clouds at some point.
After talking a walk around the town and grabbing some fresh ice cream from the highly recommended store. Then I headed off to do one of the famous canopy tour zip lines.
It was terrifying. After being on the 2nd line I asked why they would put the big one at the start when the guide told me that we were still only warming up and that it was a baby one. Hmmm and I paid to do this??
Some of the lines were over 1,500 metres long and over 700 metres high!! We also had to repel 50 metres down one rope from the top of a tree and then swing back and forth from another tree on the Tarzan line. The views were amazing, well until the clouds rolled in and hid it from us. The beauty of the clouds was that I could pretend that I was only a couple of feet off the ground and therefore my life was not in mortal danger.
One of the lines was completely hidden by the clouds. It was my turn to go first. I could not see where I was going or where I would have to start slowing down. I stopped too soon. I could feel the vibrations of the wire and could tell that one of the others were on their way down behind me. I ended up having to drag myself along the wire just shy of 20 metres. I got unhooked just before the next person zipped by and almost hit the tree at the end of the platform.
Back of the hostel I sat down and tried to relax with a beer to get over my traumatic zipping experiences. Lo and behold, Mike, the guy I had met in La Fortuna had just shown up. The two of us set off and had a quick walk around town to find somewhere for dinner but ended up talking his hire car out to find somewhere he had been recommended.
Dinner was lovely, it was a bit odd to be the only two people in a restaurant but at least Mike knows a lot about wine and picked out a particularly nice bottle. He is a really interesting man and has seen and done quite a lot of things in his time. We decided to hit the Frog museum/farm on the way back to the hostel which was great to see as they had lots of different species and the guide was very good at finding and discussing them for us.
We then decided to head back to San José tomorrow together as we were both headed in the same direction. This not only meant that I would be save the need to endure yet another long bus journey but I would get to enjoy a cool little road trip to San José which was a bonus for Mike too as it meant he would not have to be bored on his own again.