Baltimore harbor has really grown-up since I was there last! My evening stroll down sidewalks, over bridges, and through city parks was great fun. I most enjoyed shooting some of the newly constructed walking bridges that produced interesting contrasts, like the image today. While the lights on the bridge were cool, I really waited a long time for the clouds to clear so I could get a clear shot of the moon, but no such luck. Guess I will have to go back…
COSTA RICA DAY 4: HIKES AND HANGING BRIDGES
This morning we left the Arenal Volcano area and took a short taxi ride to Lake Arenal, an artificial lake created in 1979 by the government to create hydroelectric power for the country. It is the largest lake in Costa Rica and actually built over the top of a couple of towns that had to be relocated. Our 45 minute boat taxi ride was uneventful and not overly exciting. We then drove for about 1.5 hours over a dirt road littered with pot holes, boulders, deep ruts, and lots of dust to our final destination, Monteverde. Needless to say, it is one trip we never plan on taking again.
People travel from all over the world to Monteverde to experience the famous cloud forests. As soon as we checked-in to Hotel Belmar (very quaint place) we booked a tour through Costa Rica Sky Adventures. The tour included a sky tram that offered amazing 360 degree views of the area, as well as a wildlife walk through the cloud forest over a number of hanging bridges ranging from 100 ft long to one almost a 1,000 ft in length. While both the tram and hanging bridges were cool, we expected to see monkeys hanging from the trees and colorful birds waiting to be photographed. Sadly, we saw neither and felt somewhat cheated by the experience despite having a freindly guide.
After the tour we returned to our hotel briefly before heading out again for a two-hour nightwalk. The hope was to see native animals during a time when most are feeding. While we managed to see some interesting bugs, a small green lizard, a couple of sloths, and a few sleeping birds, overall the tour was a disappointment. Of course we compare everything to Oregon and the forest around the cabin, so perhaps our expectations were a bit high. Once back at the hotel we had a nice dinner and caught a few glimpses of lightening off in the distance.