I think for many people libraries are places to avoid once you get out of school. I spent so much time researching useless information, studying for exams, and sleeping against stacks of books that I had my fill of libraries for a lifetime. Then we discovered the Hoodland Library minutes from the cabin and I developed an entirely new appreciation for libraries!
We have grown accustomed to stopping off on most trips to the cabin and always walk away with bags full of books and videos. In our evolving downsized world, borrowing versus buying makes so much sense to us. The image today, taken outside of the New York Public Library, is a reminder of the important role libraries play in our communities. And it’s in honor of the wonderful people who work in libraries that make our world a better place to live.
COSTA RICA DAY 8: SAN GERARDO DE DOTA
We awoke to rain for the first time on our trip and were grateful we had spent yesterday touring Manuel Antonio park in perfect weather. It was also our cue to move on to higher ground and escape the horrid humidity. We had a private car pick us up at 11am and spent the next 3 1/2 hours driving to a hotel in San Gerardo de Dota, a small community of about 200 Costa Ricans in the south central region of Costa Rica. It was another hellish drive, with hours of up and down curves as we climbed high into the mountains. Nestled deep in the forest, Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve & Spa was our final destination. No one comes here for the spa, it’s the 200 species of bird watching that is the prime attraction. It’s also the first place I saw a half-dozen serious photographers with the Canon EF 500mm Lens. At over $10,000 just for the lens these are serious birders!
After a warm bowl of potato-carrot soup we geared up with rain gear and cameras to see the birds that were chirping away. Most were high in trees and took some effort to spot, but others like hummingbirds were readily in sight and easy to photograph. As we hiked we both felt incredibly winded, and later discovered that the hotel sits 7,200 feet above sea level! No wonder we felt tired considering where we had come from. We eventually made our way to the Savegre River, a beautiful trout-filled river that flows all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Honestly, I enjoyed shooting the river more than the birds, and really got excited when a gorgeous sunset came out of nowhere to fill the sky. We then walked about a half-mile to a local eatery and enjoyed a wonderful trout pasta dinner before calling it a night.