So we have been in Costa Rica now for about 10 days and admittedly haven’t seen anything really crazy. We have really just gotten settled into our new home for the next 6 or maybe more months. We have stocked the fridge and shelves, figured out a bit of a daily routine, and begun the process of getting used to the heat (it really can wear you down at first). So we haven’t adventured too far from our comfort zone to this point.
We have really been spoiled on previous trips to Costa Rica. We have gone on a jungle boat tours, visited different sanctuaries and zoos, and gone to different parts of Costa Rica which have more animals.
Each of our times here before we have seen howler monkeys at the different homes we have stayed at. This time we have heard them each morning, but not close enough to be seen. So hopefully we will have some photos of them to share shortly!
Anyways, in the photos on the right you will see a scorpion which was waiting outside our door for us one day. He scared the bejeebers out of Ali when she was going to get groceries one day. These ones here I guess aren’t deadly, but do give a terrible sting that will hurt for several days. So he’s now in scorpion heaven.
Next we saw a praying mantis which was on our screen to our patio another day. The boys have watched these guys on WildKratts so weren’t scared of him at all as you can see by him crawling all over Jesse. The sad part of that story is that the boys got to see how nature works about 30 seconds after those photos were taken. I tried to release the little guy off our deck and away from our pool. When he was flying to a nearby tree he was snatched from mid air by a bird which must have been watching us hold him.
We also see tons of different birds. The ones to the right are just blue jays but a different species than the ones we cheer for from Toronto. These guys have funny little hats on top of their heads. The other bird we see and hear way too much of are parakeets. There are flocks of probably 50 or so that cruise around at about 545 each morning making unbelievable noise. Haven’t gotten up and gotten a picture of them yet. One day I will get a video to show you what I mean by the noise.
Besides that we have had a few different species of iguanas which have been around the house and in nearby trees. The boys have named each of them they have seen. We think there was a bit of a love story with Scales. He was in the same tree for several days working on his tan until a younger smaller girl iguana showed up. Now he’s no where to be found. Go figure.
Anyways, I also threw in a few photos of scenery from around our little area of Costa Rica.