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Costa rica trip for forum pt

  1. 1. Portland to Costa Rica
  2. 2. El Grupo
  3. 3. Everyone at Portland Airport
  4. 4. We Have Arrived at Hotel de los Volcanes in Alajuela near San José
  5. 5. Hotel de Los Volcanes in Alajuela - Spanish style architecture emphasizes the inside rather than the outside of the building
  6. 6. Bouganville at the Patio
  7. 7. Mike half asleep after the trip
  8. 8. Dave at the breakfast counter
  9. 9. Sol and Flora, the coordinator of the Costa Rica Exchange
  10. 10. Flora with Juan, our “chofer (driver)”
  11. 11. On the Bus to Liberia
  12. 12. The valley just outside of San Jose - The weather is always around 70 and lovely with a Pacific or Atlantic breeze everyday.
  13. 13. Juan who told us of many things - In his spare time he is a Pentacostal minister. There is a wave of Christian conversions in Costa Rica away from the Catholic Church to more active Protestant faiths.
  14. 14. Dave learning on his computer - Technology is so much fun!
  15. 15. Casey and her host sister, Carolina in the school cafeteria
  16. 16. The Colegio Santa Ana is Run by Nuns
  17. 17. Emily in don Ramon’s class.. the man who made kids write! the man who made kids write!
  18. 18. Sara, one of our classmates
  19. 19. Does anyone have different hair?
  20. 20. Santa Ana kids hard at work copying notes
  21. 21. I think they are getting along...
  22. 22. Students are just as eager to learn there as they are here!
  23. 23. Together in History Class
  24. 24. The entrance of the flags at Independence Day celebration
  25. 25. We got seats of honor for the Independence Day celebration and we also celebrated with them.
  26. 26. Costa Rica Independence Day - They fought back the forces of William Walker, an American who became president of Nicaragua and attacked!!!
  27. 27. Teachers of Music, Social Studies, and the Librarian
  28. 28. Mike lost in the crowd
  29. 29. Singing the national anthem - the lady in blue was our host teacher. everyone wears uniforms to school in Costa Rica!
  30. 30. Dave on violin at the Acto Civico...Mike took the picture
  31. 31. This is the only gym there is - No cold weather - No walls!
  32. 32. They play soccer and then they play more soccer!
  33. 33. The girls like watching the game too...
  34. 34. “ The Soda”, where everyone yells to buy thier snacks. The Costa Rican version of “The Caf” - The counter is round and there is no line - Just mayhem!
  35. 35. Another English Teacher..Gabi
  36. 36. Field trip for us around the northern volcano Miravalles (See the Valley) and the volcano Rincon de la Vieja (The Old Woman’s Corner)
  37. 37. The volcano MiraValles... northwest Costa Rica 50 miles from Nicaragua
  38. 38. This is a geothermal plant that produces electricity - that is steam rising from the earth!
  39. 39. Northern Costa Rica is famous for its rodeos - Horses and cattle are a way of life in some areas.
  40. 40. Mario and Carolina at Minor’s farm
  41. 41. Sari, Minor’s lovely wife who paints...She is painting a picture of the house Juan Santamaria burned down to defeat William Walker’s filibuster troops.
  42. 42. A Painting of the Meson that was burned in the fight against William Walker
  43. 43. On the farm patio....
  44. 44. What are these people doing?
  45. 45. They are riding “cuadras” better known as 4x4 ATV’s
  46. 46. Nina at home on the range
  47. 47. Waiting for the white stallion
  48. 48. Zorro with his captive....
  49. 49. Sari’s tropical plant collection
  50. 50. At the “hornillas”, open boiling mud at the volcano with temperature of 200 degrees celcius
  51. 51. An open hole at the hornillas that steam was coming out of...we had to be quite careful..step on it and you are fried...
  52. 52. The mud is known for its medicinal and healing quality - notice the facial mudpacks
  53. 53. There’s an igauna in the pool!!!!
  54. 54. James and Burgess working hard on understanding the culture
  55. 55. Heated water from the volcano, made into pools of varying degrees
  56. 56. One pool leads to another.... Each one cooler than the next
  57. 57. Emily and her family from Paso Tempisque. They are drinking a “liquado” fruit and water blended..
  58. 58. The volcano Miravalles almost always has clouds at its peak...
  59. 59. A Costa Rican farmer doing business....
  60. 60. Tropical plants abound in the falda (skirt or base) of the volcano...
  61. 61. Closer to the crater everything gets greener... This is the North Face of Miravalles...
  62. 62. This is Kender who cried because he had never seen a white beard on a gringo....
  63. 63. Kender with the terneros (calves)...
  64. 64. Kender riding the calves....Where is OSHA when you need them?! Life is a little more lax down there. Not as many rules, and a lot more common sense.
  65. 65. La finca (farm) de cerdos(pigs)...
  66. 66. The pig nursery..each week three to four pigs are sold to market and the farm grows...
  67. 67. Gabi...
  68. 68. Kender in a thoughtful pose...
  69. 69. Rosi and Veto riding in the mountains...they were r. Pendarvis’ hosts during his stay
  70. 70. A view of the volcano Rincon de la Vieja from the volcano Miravalles...
  71. 71. Another view of the valley...
  72. 72. “ El viejo gringo” looking over the tierra
  73. 73. In the distance is the Lake Nicaragua, which can be seen from the volcano... Lots of Nicaraguans coming to CR
  74. 74. These cows have enormous ears...
  75. 75. This is a “Matapalo”, used for fences . It never rots and when planted, it grows again... You can see through the trunk as well...It grows around existing trees and kills them
  76. 76. A tropical bird near the estanque (pond)..
  77. 77. Mr. Pendarvis with his new friend...
  78. 78. Kender has been listening to a lot of English....
  79. 79. Unas garzas (cranes that feed on the bugs on the cows) en el campo (the field)...
  80. 80. Grinding sugar cane, first Lele has to wash the cane...
  81. 81. Getting ready to grind the cane....
  82. 82. The sugar cane is passed three times through the grinder and the juice is extracted
  83. 83. Mother and daughter admiring the men at work...
  84. 84. Lele the sugar cane farmer in front, with the grinding stone to sharpen his machete...
  85. 85. Mr. P hard at work making sugar cane juice...
  86. 86. A good shot of a rural family...
  87. 87. A iguana in the back yard...they love mangoes
  88. 88. Climbing to get mangoes in the backyard...
  89. 89. A colonial church at Nicoya, the main town in the “olla de calefaccion”... Named the pressure cooker due to its heat.
  90. 90. Some Germans bought hundreds of acres and are planting “melina” trees to make paper - This used to be full of trees, but it was decimated by loggers.
  91. 91. Samara, another beach on the Nicoyan Penninsula
  92. 92. Garza another beautiful beach...the whole coast is filled with these beaches and hardly anyone there. No one is allowed to own ocean front property - They buy a govt. lease
  93. 93. An enormous Matapalo tree..this is all one tree
  94. 94. Garza
  95. 95. Samara
  96. 96. Construction in Costa Rica is mostly cinderblock, steel, sand, and sometimes wood. They are using pochote wood...
  97. 97. There are monkeys everywhere in the Nicoyan Penninsula in the trees.
  98. 100. Flores de la noche - “Flowers of the night”
  99. 101. A wonderful farmer, very prosperous and wealthy, living in a very simple home
  100. 102. Guayara morada...the national flower
  101. 104. And in the back room some precolombian pottery found on the farm - Highly illegal to have.
  102. 113. ON the way to Santa Ana... The river Corobici
  103. 114. Alot of greenery here!
  104. 115. Rapids on the Corobici
  105. 116. Veto... Mr. Pendarvis’ host child....
  106. 117. One of the many city streets in Liberia...
  107. 118. This is NOT the typical Costa Rican transportation.
  108. 119. Many of the back roads are paved with a white powder that is heavily compacted
  109. 120. On the outskirts of Liberia
  110. 121. They have quail too.. Called “gallinas (hens) ”
  111. 122. Mr Pendarvis’ host family at the parque Santa Elena Santa Elena
  112. 123. An iron gate from the colonial period...
  113. 124. A lot of Dutch tourists camp in Santa Elena...lots of trails to see the scenery...
  114. 125. The following slides are from Santa Elena... Near Liberia
  115. 126. Old Colonial saw - much of Costa Rica rain forest was ruined and decimated by logging companies that sold hardwood to Europe and the US.
  116. 129. David at Condovac on the Nicoya Penninsula - Many of the Costa Ricans with a little money belong to clubs where they can go and relax without being bothered.
  117. 130. This is a complex that has time share, hotel, and condominiums all in one ... It is very easy to buy and own land in Costa Rica for an “extranjero (foreigner)”
  118. 131. One of the students is getting away!!!!
  119. 132. “ The Rock” of Costa Rica, Kenji Tabery
  120. 133. Active Volcano Arenal..A sight many come to Costa Rica to see.
  121. 135. Fearless leader took a day out of school to go to Rincon de la Vieja with the kids..another Volcano
  122. 136. Getting the 4x4’s ready to hit the dirt roads..almost all secondary roads are gravel and the Pan American highway is filled with potholes
  123. 137. Approaching the volcano it began to drizzle..we were there end of dry season, wet season from May to October, dry season November to April.
  124. 139. Homes along the way…most made from concrete on the other side of the mountain, here made from wood
  125. 140. Park Rangers for the Rincon de la Vieja Reserve. Dirt bikes and ATV’s are the best way around.
  126. 141. A short stop by a “rio celeste” – crystal clear water
  127. 142. Who has their bathing suit on backwards?
  128. 143. Adam in Paradise ....maybe....
  129. 144. Bridges are made from two large logs and planks. Trucks go over them and take their chances.
  130. 146. Estudiantes en el puente (bridge)…Coming home from school...
  131. 147. Palmera… the white flowers on top are cooked with eggs…Kind of like “huevos rancheros”
  132. 149. Heart of Palm… an afternoon snack. You can buy it at Shaw’s in a can. Kind of like artichoke hearts.
  133. 150. Volcanic hot tub water…mud (barro) in the background good for the skin
  134. 151. Mud brothers
  135. 152. In the distance Lake Nicaragua…
  136. 153. Lake Nicaragua
  137. 154. Pre-colombian pottery they found on the farm…worth a lot of money here on the black market.
  138. 155. Almuerzo
  139. 156. Un amigo para el almuerzo.
  140. 157. Rincon de la Vieja
  141. 158. This is a national park with protected animals but many poachers come here. When we were there two got lost and were never found.
  142. 159. Hormiguero… a giant anthill, sometimes calves fall in and the ants eat them up. Yum...
  143. 160. Una planta bonita…type of banana seed
  144. 162. Cosecha de palmito..harvest of heart of palm for “ceviche”, a typical dish.
  145. 164. Wood for the bridges…
  146. 165. Escena en la valle de Rincon de la Vieja
  147. 167. Hundreds of parasite plants live on the branches of the tree
  148. 169. ¿Puedo ir al baño?
  149. 170. Una chiquitita muy coqueta….They start speaking Spanish at a very young age.
  150. 171. Sapo
  151. 172. Hay muchas cataratas(waterfalls) y nacientes (springs) en el volcán (volcano)
  152. 173. The goodbye party at Guajinicil. Notice how dry the trees are. It has not rained for two months .
  153. 174. Wind energy - German made - Costa Rica has a surplus of energy, it exports it to Nicaragua and Panamá.
  154. 175. Energia eolica
  155. 176. Son muy grandes. You are smaller than this shed.
  156. 177. El lago Arenal
  157. 179. Casey y el mono arana (spider monkey)
  158. 180. La frontera (border) con Nicaragua
  159. 182. Border patrol… many Nicaraguans enter illegally. Costa Rica has the same problem with Nicaragua that we do with Mexico
  160. 183. As a matter of fact, there they are running across the field right next to the border checkpoint! Caught this while picnicking...
  161. 184. Papaya grows wild in Costa Rica
  162. 185. Volcano Oroci on the way home from Nicaragua
  163. 188. The middle of Costa Rica is a volcanic ridge cause by two Tectonic plates pushing against each other, the Cocos and the Carribean
  164. 190. Lots of horses, ganado (livestock), and ternero(young cattle)
  165. 191. WELCOME TO THE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER
  166. 192. “ Chócalo” – James and Alfredo of the “undecimo”
  167. 193. Alvaro y Gonzalez del “undecimo (11th grade)”
  168. 194. Nina, Camille and “Axa”, short for Axahuacatl (aztec name because his family is from Mexico).
  169. 195. Dave and Mario
  170. 196. Katie and Gabriela
  171. 197. Mike and Sister Jasmine
  172. 198. Costaricense que trabaja mucho...
  173. 200. The principal....
  174. 202. Teacher’s Room
  175. 203. Gabriela quien enseña el ingles...
  176. 204. Students in Costa Rica don’t change classes, the teachers do, so many of these kids have been in the same room with the same people for a long time!
  177. 205. Chicos del Tercer Grado…Third graders…
  178. 209. On to the Rainforest…
  179. 210. Climbing to 5000 ft from the sea level…the Pacific in the distance and Gulf of Nicoya
  180. 212. Oops, almost fell off the road with the “buceta” (minibus)!
  181. 213. Falcon stationary as we climbed… winds are so constant and strong, sometimes 80 mph.
  182. 214. On top of the hill…Monteverde rainforest preserve…27000 acres.
  183. 216. Lunch at El Establo hotel…many of the hotels owned by Quakers who came to avoid arrest in US as conscientious objectors to the War and started dairy farms in the ’50’s.
  184. 217. Can you count the 6 people on this ATV? – A common form of transportation, the other is dirt bike.
  185. 218. Arriving at the Butterfly Farm… El Mariposaurio.
  186. 219. The wildlife everywhere was incredible…. Here is a little pisote (costarican racoon)…
  187. 222. The Nicoya Gulf (Pacific) from MonteVerde
  188. 223. Eric our driver and the owner of the Hotel, the youngest Quaker that came to MonteVerde in the 50’s
  189. 224. Our guide Sergio, a Masters Degree in Biology and makes a living as a guide and researcher that climbs trees 100 feet in the air!
  190. 225. Millipede
  191. 226. A very poisonous flower
  192. 228. Colibri (hummingbird)
  193. 229. These are avocados that the quetzal bird eats which are full of pigment which gives it its colors.
  194. 230. The most famous bird in Central America, the Quetzal. We got a rare sighting.
  195. 231. Believed to be a god who turned into a bird, the birds are very revered.
  196. 236. These trees can hold up to 1 ton of plant growth, with hundreds of plant species
  197. 238. Tarzan Flaherty
  198. 239. Quetzal nest, the male incubates half of the day.
  199. 240. Rattlesnake plant
  200. 241. Quinine Tree..looses its bark so the moss won’t topple it. Cure for malaria...
  201. 242. Suiting up for the canopy tour
  202. 244. Zip lines - some are 1200 ft long and 600 ft high
  203. 245. Mr. P “El Gordo” coming in for a landing
  204. 246. It gets foggy and rains every afternoon when the Pacific and Atlantic coastal winds meet and change in the Mountains
  205. 248. Adios, Costa Rica

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