We’re now at the Hacienda Baru, after a long, bone-jarring and motion-sickness-inducing ride down the mountain and past palm oil plantations. I posted pictures on my flickr account which includes a shot of one of the oil palm processing plants along the route.
We got in late afternoon but still had time for a quick hike in the property. It’s beautiful. We hiked down to the Pacific ocean as the sun was starting to set and hiked back using flashlights while within the canopy. It was still light enough outside the canopy that we didn’t need artificial light. There were quite a few bats buzzing us on the walk back and apparently this is the trail where they saw a fer-de-lance last year. Nothing this time – phew!. See flickr for photos from the hike.
After dinner on the property, we headed back to the cabins. On the way we saw two large frogs. We got so into tracking down the frogs that we failed to realize we were standing on an ant hill (probably the frog’s source of food). Once the biting began, we quickly realized we were covered in ants and started the appropriate swatting and dancing routine until the little buggers were gone. Ouch.
Got up around 5 am and starting composing email and the blog, so that I could make the most of internet time today, if we get it. Off to the Firestone Preserve to check out the property and start GIS training in the afternoon.
Oh, I almost forgot. Check out the crocs we saw at lunch. They’re huge!