For the last few days or so everything has been a “moving target” for me with an initial consultation with the radiation doctor explaining everything medically and checking me out and now we are putting a plan together with her staff and on the calendar, plus I’ve arranged to pay for it. And oh yes, this doctor is a specialist in radiation to the head and neck! 🙂 Hopefully my surgery neck swelling will soon be gone and the tender scars on my left face and neck healed better than they are now. I’m still sore and sensitive with only minor internal pain that I treat with Ibuprofen. They prefer these surgery “irritations” gone before they create new ones with radiation! 🙂
I earlier listed some of the places scheduled for my visits the next few months and now I have extended the list for one trip every month through next February 2019. So if any of you guys in the states want to visit, you will have to work around my trips or join me on one of them! 🙂 I have a trip-a-month for May through February with reservations for places that will help fill in the white spaces on the above map with 4 repeats:
- Arenal Observatory, Arenal NP, a “best birding place” – May
- Tranquilo Bay, Bocas del Toro, Panama – June
- Xandari Resort in the cloud forest north of Atenas – July
- Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiqui (repeat fav lodge) – August
- Banana Azul in South Caribe (the other repeat lodge) – September
- Esquinas Rainforest Lodge, Piedras Blancas NP – October
- Estancia Rancho Humo, Palo Verde NP – November
- Si Como No Resort, Manuel Antonio NP (repeat park, new lodge) – December
- Manquenque Ecolodge, Boca del Tapada near Pital on Rio San Carlos (a new wild rainforest & wetlands) Sleeping in a treehouse for the first time! A top birding place seldom seen by most tourists. – January
- Turtle Beach Lodge, Tortuguero NP (repeat park, new lodge) – February
|Copied from a blog of an expat living in Jaco, Costa Rica. 🙂|
One of the many reasons I moved to Costa Rica was so I could afford to travel, by traveling locally to innumerable nature places in Costa Rica, year around! And it is now even cheaper than if I owned a car! Because I travel by local bus or occasionally by local airplanes it is cheaper than buying and operating a car – and healthier! For the first half of 2018 I have now booked a different experience monthly for February-May.
Here’s some links to places I will visit the next few months (without specific dates for security):
February – OROSI VALLEY & TAPANTI NATIONAL PARK
Birding at chalet as well as in the nearby parks.
|Tapanti National Park
One of many waterfalls supposedly.
February – San Jose for performance of CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
|Read article about show designed just for Costa Rica|
I am going with the expat club of Atenas on a bus like several other trips to San Jose. Fun! Though I just read the article and I believe it is actually in Alajuela and not San Jose, so even closer!
March – DANTA CORCOVADO BIRDING
|Real jungle living for 5 nights in rainforest.|
My 3rd trip to Corcovado is this time on the eastern side of the large park/reserve compared to my previous trips to SW & NW corners at Carate & Drake Bay.
This will compete with my Arenal trip below as the best trip the first 6 months! 🙂
April – MISSION TRIP TO HOGAR DE VIDA, ATENAS
May – ARENAL VOLCANO RAINFOREST BIRDING
|My Room window and deck will look out at the famous volcano.
If erupting, I will see the red lava at night.
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
I am staying at best birding lodge in the area, Arenal Observatory Lodge with room view of the volcano.
|Three houses over after flying over mine – in lower right. Sorry it is small.|
|A Pair or a Mother-Child|
|One big flap of his wings and he glides like a bullet!|
|Seen from the driveway looking toward the entry plaza.
I mostly use the sliding glass door on deck for my entry mostly.
|The entry patio leading to an entry hall with bath & bedroom to left and
kitchen, office, living/dining room and deck to right.
Of course Friday will be the new, young plants with not as much to showoff yet. But rainy season is starting and by August I think it will be looking good and in another year great! I’m planning to stay here long term! The beach is too hot and too expensive to live at and I’m less than two hours from it anyway! Plus I really like Atenas! My new home!
The best thing tonight was at the end of Chapter 7 he used an often used quote from Iyanla Vanzant (without giving her credit) but one I hope to keep in mind during this whole process:
“If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans.”
Bob lives in Quepos at Manuel Antonio National Park which was one of the first places I noted as a possibility for me, so that makes reading his book even more interesting. I intend to avoid the mistakes he made and that is one reason he wrote his true story book of retiring in Costa Rica.