1. Here’s how you know the sounds of the early morning jungle really do have magical powers: I just watched your video and it completely relaxed me for a few minutes even as I wait to hear if our offer on a new house will be accepted! Now that’s a powerful relaxant! A week of that and I’d be putty. 🙂

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  3. I always loved getting up before dawn and watching the day awaken on the Nicoya Penisula. At the beach I was like the child wondering what the ocean washed ashore in the night, but sometimes I was lucky to see a turtle before she returned to the sea after laying her eggs…

    In the ‘bosque,’ it was also wonderful to live immersed in those nocturnal sounds and to witness the fireflies, which competed with those stunning stars!… ah, and I had the gift of jaguars living in harmony — they ‘taught’ me to recognize some of their sounds, as did the howlers and kinkajous….

    thanks for bringing it all back! am presently back at the ‘earthquake’ zone in ecuador, and the soundtrack is more heavy equipment than nature….

    • Wow watching sea turtles lay their eggs must have been a pretty spectacular sight Lisa. Do you ever miss Costa Rica? How similar is it where you live now in Ecuador to Costa Rica? Yes the fireflies too! I forgot to mention them!

      • CR & Ecuador are totally different, not only with the varied landscapes, but also with the culture and food, which points back to culture…

        Costa Rica wins hands down on the most-beautiful beaches… Ecuador has many ‘barren’ type, different soils, climates and at times destructive waves that take away those classic palms that make beaches so visually appealing.
        We’re all wired with ‘mystery’ and sometimes don’t know why a certain area has a strong pull – a bit like a migratory bird not knowing it’s time to fly! But for whatever reason, Ecuador felt like’home’ the first time I visited… I’ve often said if I could take the best of CR and the best of Ecuador and live on that ‘spot’, I might never leave home again!

      • There are several areas in Costa Rica known for their arribaras, and you’ll see hundreds of turtles come ashore… Debbie in Nicaragua did a lot of research before she and Ron visited a beach – I think south of San Juan del Sur Nicaragua, and her research paid off for catching the arribara…

        October would probably be a good start, but if you decide to consider this, I’ll connect you with friends who either know the areas – or with one who works the entire eastern pacific coastline with her husband and precious young son working to save the hawksbill turtles. .. pondering that, wow, you would make an amazing spokesperson to help them spread the story of the dwindling hawksbill turtles of the eastern pacific..

        I’ll find that info and send you the link… so you can incubate that idea!

      • That would be wonderful Lisa. I can’t imagine what an amazing experience it would be. I’ll have to look back on Debbie’s posts and see if I can track one down on it.

      • Una mas.. the video doesn’t show up for me, but the internet is very slow.. it shows in the ‘edit’ mode, however… and now you’ll know lots more about the sea turtles.. THAT would be an amazing experience for your children!

        Debbie in Nicaragua witnessed an arribara (sp?) which is surely one of those lifetime events one never forgets…

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