02/15/2009 95 °F
Punta Arenas, Costa Rica, February 12, 2009. Time to catch up on my writing. I'm writing this in an internet cafe in Acapulco, Mexico. In Costa Rica, Letty had organized a custom tour. There were 64 of us, 3 busloads. We first went to a place in the jungle where monkeys abound. Being a 'tourist' spot, the monkeys were friendly and accustomed to people. There was food available for us to feed them. This was actually a fun place to be. We then went to a planatation where we ate fresh pinapple, mango, and watermelon. Then the big part of the tour. We went to the river containing the world's third largest concentration of crocodiles. On a boat, we were on this river for about an hour and a half. A crew person, actually a daredevil, got out of the boat up to his knees in mud and called the crocodiles to him by flapping a dead chicken on the water. A crocodile approaches him, raises himself out of the water and snatches the chicken having just been dropped by this guy. What a sight, he did this 3 times with different crocs. I have good pictures of this for the whole sequence. After the river tour, we went to a local restaurant for lunch. Very good food, and was native costa rican fare. After lunch, it was to shopping places for souvenirs. We got back to the ship right before sunset, which itself was quite a sight this day. Costa Rica is a very nice beautiful country, a place to return to stay for awhile. Len.