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Saturday, December 18, 2004


Coast to coast

We rewound our trip via boat, van, dirt road and highway from Tortuguero to San Jose. At a small air strip outside San Jose, we boarded a Nature Air flight to the town of Liberia in the Northwest of Costa Rica. It was a 19 passenger, dual engine prop plane. They didn't notice or care that I sat in the exit row next to the door. I explored it and found that famous red handle I had always heard about but never dared to touch before. I didn't test it out but I was thrilled to be for once in an exit row, not the least of reasons was the extra leg room.
The PK GPS displayed our cruising altitude at 10,000 feet flying at 190 mph. It was a little bumpy passing through the clouds but no need for my emergency services with the red handle. Maybe they didn't realize I was blind because of my make-shift bamboo cane.
Since Guido was no longer with us, we rented a car and Jennifer drove, our destination Villa Pez at the Ocotal beach. It was very difficult driving because of the unfamiliar roads, it was dark, pedestrians and bicyclists were everywhere and there were lots of pot holes. Since I didn't have street map data we had to follow marginal print directions that left out key points from time to time. It has been a while since I have been in a place where I couldn't have the BrailleNote calculate routes and it was very frustrating for me and for Jennifer trying to drive and navigate safely.
I did mark the key points and intersections so we could find our way back to the airport easily. However, there will probably be less adventure here although I am not likely to be too lazy. We'll see. I am already using GPS points to navigate my way to the restaurant and villa. The sprinklers went on, quite a world of contrast between this dryer beach climate on the Northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica and the Eastern Caribbean coast at Tortuguero and its meters of rain fall. Current position, 10, 32, 36.726 North, 85, 43, 40.350 West, exactly 246.62 miles due East from the villa on the beach to the sloth sighting in the jungle of Tortuguero.

view of the beach

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