Two Gifts This Morning

I opened two gifts this morning – my eyes.


Photo is of a Caribe sunrise, Hotel Banana Azul,

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.

¡Pura Vida!


My prayers go to the Bush Family in their loss . . .

. . . a truly great & humble man!

George H. W. Bush

Humility is not thinking less of yourself,

it’s thinking of yourself less.

~C. S. Lewis

REPORT ON MY BIOPSY:  After removing the 10 stitches from my arm (where all that cancer was confirmed removed) and the two stitches from my face for the biopsy, Dr. Gamboa gave me the facial biopsy report:

In brief, it says I have another carcinoma cancer on my face which is a smaller and slower growing type than the one on my arm. No problem waiting until January to remove the rest of it (the biopsy took most of it). Because of the delicate and thinner skin location next to my eye, we will be doing a more complicated and more efficient (more expensive) “Mohs Surgery” with two doctors doing it with a pathologist standing by to make sure they get all of the cancer as he examines each layer as removed (continuous biopsy). It will not be in his office this time but in a clinic, hospital-like, operating room, but still out-patient. He is checking on availability of other doctor and the clinic for the week of 21 January – after my Boca Tapada trip.  Remember —  the doctors work around my trips!  🙂    Important! That is where I sleep in a tree house 5 nights!

Dr. Gamboa also “PRESCRIBED” wearing a wide-brim hat instead of the ball caps I’ve been wearing and of course sunscreen every day when out. I sure love sunny Costa Rica, just 673 miles north of the equator, but with the value of the sun also comes with some potential dangers for someone like me who loves the outdoors. I have already become more careful, even though the doc says these current growths and cancers were probably caused by sun I got as a child or teen, more sun now can make it worse, so I must be cautious.

¡Still Pura Vida!    🙂

Rancho Humo: The Book

Check out the free electronic preview of all pages of my latest Costa Rica photo book at:  or click the book cover image below. Use “full screen mode” to best see these photo pages. I think my books & photos are getting a little better.  🙂

Front Cover of Book  –  click for preview
Back Cover of Book  –  click to see larger


Charlie Doggett – Retired in Costa Rica

¡Pura Vida!

Last Morning Walk at Rancho

Thursday the 15th my driver drove back from Atenas to Rancho Humo and joined me for lunch before we drove back to Atenas. Before breakfast I caught the sunrise, el amanecer, then walked around the ranch one more time. Here are some of the photos I made on my last morning walk there as a slideshow.

Morning Walk 15 November 2018, Rancho Humo, Costa Rica

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Sunrise from my room, 15 November 2018


Hotel’s 2 Minute Video Says it All!

¡Pura Vida!

Another day of “Retired in Costa Rica” with Charlie Doggett!

Why would anyone retire anywhere else?   🙂

A Hat Full of Sky

“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.” 
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

And today’s story begins as I wake up with that big sky sunrise at the foot of my bed in beautiful Rancho Humo, eat a Tico breakfast of scrambled eggs with beans and rice (Gallo Pinto) and begin a 6 km hike in Palo Verde Park after a 30 minute boat ride to the park entrance.  Tired, invigorated, hot and smiling. Today’s story will continue once I’ve sorted the photos   🙂    –another episode of “Retired in Costa Rica.”  ¡Pura Vida!

A Beautiful Day!

And So Many Birds the Photos Aren’t Ready!

I photographed so many birds today that I can’t get them all processed to show tonight, so they’ll come tomorrow.

Above was sunrise from my room and below where I road in a safari jeep on the hotel property photographing birds and at bottom the sunset today.  Lots of bird photos coming tomorrow!

The Wetlands around Rancho Humo Estancia, Costa Rica
Another fabulous end to another fabulous day – Rancho Humo!



¡Pura Vida!

The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart. 

~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

¡Pura Vida!

More Water Scenes from Bocas

You may remember my first post from this trip, Life on the Water – check it out again and then here are some more water scenes in addition to that post and the Bird Island & Soropta Canal photos! It is all about water at Bocas del Toro, Panama!

Our dock at
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama

A Little Island within swimming distance of our dock 
 This was the best area for snorkeling with colorful coral and fish!
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama
15 year old Scott, one of the owner’s sons and an excellent birding guide!
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Sunrises & Sunsets were mostly indirect for my times on the water
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama

A common view when we went away from the island
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama
I think this is a lodge or restaurant on one of the islands
Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama
And many people lived on the islands and thus on the water as here in Bocas Town
Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama
Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama

Experimenting with New Book Binding

This is a “heavy paper” special binding so all pages “lay flat” with none of a two-page photo lost in the gutter. I am experimenting and will decide if it is worth the much higher cost when I do a book like this with all 2-page spreads or panoramas. You can review every page electronically online in the bookstore by clicking the link or click the cover image above. Best seen “Full Page” as always.
¡Pura Vida!

Sunrise and WiFi Problem

The sun actually rises to the far right in this photo, but sometimes affects all the sky.
Atenas, Costa Rica


My absence for several days on the blog is due to no internet connection which I first blamed on my provider Cable Tica and could not get a telephone tech whose Spanish I understood or one of the few with English. After 3 days I realized the problem was not them but my local router which took another 3 days to fix because of a holiday yesterday. There is a button on top of the router I am told not to touch and it is hard to not touch it because prominently placed. When I touch it the router is wiped clean and needs to be reprogrammed for my network. Grrrr. I took it into shop to be programmed but evidently the button was pressed again on the way home in my backpack. So today I had a technician come to my house and fix it without me touching it! 

Well, anyway, it is fixed now and I can be back online. I did not realize how much I used the internet until without it several days! Lots of catch up blogs needed!  And a trip Friday!

Tambor Tropical Resort

Sunrise Over Tambor Bay 
You don’t expect a sunrise over the Pacific, but it depends on angle of peninsula or bay!
When no clouds on horizon, you see the big orange ball at the end of that point on right. See below.
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica

My House for a Week! (downstairs)
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica

My House at Night this Week (the downstairs part)
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica

My Room, bath on left and kitchen on right 
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica

My Dining Room this Week 
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica

Looking towards ocean from dining area
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica

Our grass and brown sand beach 
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica

The Hammock I Never had Time to Use
But I did get a massage one day in the Spa!
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
Scarlet Macaw 
Several families literally lived on hotel property with 3 nest boxes.
It could easily be called the “Scarlet Macaw Hotel”  🙂
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica

Scarlet Macaws always in trees around cabins and pool!
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica

Interesting People Too! 
Last night a family from Nashville checked in with their Tico relatives! Small World!
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica

And Beautiful Flowers! 

Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica

Sunrises are different each morning if you get up early enough!
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica

They host several birding tours a year plus the Cornell annual bird count and it is known as a good place for birders with an on-property nature trail and 3 public trails along the river beside the hotel. And now the “Tambor Turtles” volunteer program takes place on the beach by the hotel with opportunities for guests to collect eggs or release babies at the right time of year.

My trip gallery for this trip: 2017 Christmas Week Tambor Bay 

This is my blog post about the hotel and I hardily recommend it as a hotel and the area for both birding and relaxation! I just spent 5 nights and can’t imagine staying fewer! You need time to get to know a place and benefit from it! 4 or 5 nights is my minimum stay almost anywhere in Costa Rica!

¡Pura Vida!