Wednesday, February 20, 2008

PinkBird's Picture: Costa Rica

As someone who had only seen monkeys at the zoo, seeing them up close and personal was unforgettable. After a rain forest hike through the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio near Quepos, Costa Rica, we were ecstatic to find relief from the jungle's heat and humidity. As the trail widened, the dim tangle of large tropical vines and trees opened to a vast beach. We rushed through the soft sand, threw down our daypacks, tore off our hiking clothes, and dove into the crystal waters of the Pacific Ocean. A perfect moment....after a relaxing dip, some splashing, playing, and floating, we headed ashore to lie on the beach. Walking toward our packs, we spied a group of White-throated Capuchin monkeys in the trees where the rain forest met the beach. We quietly approached the monkeys and observed them as they climbed about in the trees. This one was peeking right back at us!

(For another PinkBird's Picture from Costa Rica, click here).