When I awoke this morning, the rain was coming down and I soon discovered why this place is called the cloud forest. The hotel was literally within a cloud and we could not see past the swimming pool. Fortunately, the rained cleared before we left but the clouds continued to roll in and out all day long, drastically changing the view minute by minute. And the views were spectacular!
We walked by some amazing vegetation as we tried to find our way to the river. I wish I could accurately describe just how lush the vegetation appears. There is one site in particular that sticks out in my mind. The road curved to the left, but a hill rose sharply directly in front of the road. Many plants-thick grasses, a few small trees, and many more-draped the hillside in a formation that appeared to be thick, lush, and soft. It was near here that Dave said that no matter how many pictures he took he would never be able to truly capture what it is really like, but he sure was going to try. I agree with him on both accounts.
Sunday, November 26, 2000
Monday, November 27, 2000
Dave and Bryan invented a new game for studying plant families. They were standing on the back bumper of the truck and holding onto the bars of the "cage" on top the bed. They would lean out as far as they could or as low as they could and grab a plant as we went by and hold it up in the air as someone shouted out the family. It soon became a competition between the two to see who could grab the most families.