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Monday, June 17, 2013

 

the beauty of sharing user points of interest


As we drove from the San Jose Costa Rica airport to Puerto Viejo on the East coast Caribbean side of the country, I had to rely upon user points since I did not have maps for Costa Rica. I recorded several points on a previous trip several years ago, many along the same highway. Wonderfully, Rich Irwin recorded points in April 2007, something I could tell from the details of the user points. I learned of an aerial tram half way along our trip, which we hope to check out on the trip home.

As our driver told us about towns and sites along the 4 hour drive, I could chime in with my own information. For example, he told us about a national forest we went through and I could add that they had some amazing waterfalls and the forest was 34 kilometers across, something recorded in my user points.

The coolest thing so far was being able to touch Sloths and Monkeys in a rescue center today. One of the monkeys climbed my cane and then perched on my shoulder. From there, he leaped to the branches overhead.

It is now marked in the user database as the Jaguar Center but there aren't any Jaguars there right now.

We are staying at the Tree House lodge, somewhat of a mobility challenge.  Hear Mike's Tree House Lodge audio file.
For those of you on my Foursquare list, you saw me check in there and it is also in the Sendero user list now.

Anyone wanting to come to Costa Rica, I highly recommend Puerto Viejo, the Tree House and the Jaguar Center.

Mike


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