Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
It was like the first fairly successful hippy commune. Most of the followers were upper or upper middle class people that were looking for an alternative to the city life that the Industrial Revolution was presenting. Dr Teed promised a life free from crime, tobacco (like that's a good thing?!?!) and drugs. He promised they would always have jobs, a place in the community and would be taken care off. In turn, they donated all their worldly possessions to the community. Sounds hocky, but it worked. These people worked hard and thrived for a good many years. If "celibacy" wasn't part of their doctrine, they may still be around today.
Among the frequent local visitors to the community were Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. They both had summer houses in close-by Ft Myers. Henry Ford enjoyed exchanging exotic plants and flowers with the community. Thomas Edison had this new fangled thing called "electricity" that he was trying to find new and creative uses for. The Ft Myers townspeople were afraid of this "electricity", convinced that it would poison the cows milk or make the chickens stop laying eggs. However, the Koreshians thought it sounded like a wonderful thing and they set the whole community up for electricity. They had a "Generator Building" that provided electricity for the whole community.
The community was run by 8 women who served as the Planetary Court (Dr Teed was very much into astrology and at the time there were 8 known planets that were visible with the technology of the time). Because the outside world still didn't respect women, they had male counterparts to deal with the outside community in matters of law and politics.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I'm not experienced with birds much but he was a perfect gentleman and fluffed his feathers and would occasionally impress me with his limited vocabulary. It took about 5 minutes for this big bird to get overly heavy, but I very much enjoyed the experience.
This bird was the most affection bird I've ever seen. I didn't realize that birds like to cuddle! He curled right up into me and lifted his wings so he could get petted. He was the sweetest bird ever. If I had the time and energy, I'd be tempted to get one of these types of birds. He was very impressive.
I also got to hold this 3 year old gator. He was about 12 pounds and very docile. I got a rubber band around the nose just incase though, lol. It was still kind of fun to hold up an alligator.
There were a lot of snakes there also. I decided I didn't want to pet these though. Although my guide brought out quite a few for me to get a closer look at. The bunch he's holding in his hand below are all the same type of snake but they are different colors. Together it looks very cool.
This first set is the view from our hotel:
Here are some of the cute critters we saw:
Here are the monkeys that ran around out hotel all the time. There were also howler monkeys in the jungle but they never came into view - although you could here them periodically throughout the day and night. We had some that would start howling around 3am everymorning. Oddly enough, after I figured out that it wasn't a dog being beaten (yeah, thats what a howler monkey sounds like) it didn't really bother me much.
Iguanas were everywhere around the hotel. They liked hanging out at the bar where people might drop pieces of tomato. Since I strongly believe that all tomatos are evil (unless processed into BBQ sauce or ketcup) I happily shared mine with the critters. They made me nervous when they ran around though, because I was afraid I'd catch their tails under my rocking chair. I think all bars should have rocking chairs.
When we took a tour of Manual Antonio National Park, there was a part of the beach that was thick with Iguanas and Spiny Tails. They were beautiful and amazing. I forgot my camera that day, so none of those pictures.
If you look really close here you can see slices of leaf. These are being carried by leaf cutter ants. There are all over the place and amazing to watch but difficult not to step on.
Pretty poisen dart frogs! Oddly enough, if you take them out of their native habitat, they aren't poisonous anymore. Apparently their diets create the toxins that make them poisonous. Hmmm, maybe I'll get one for my nephew some day, hehe.
This is a bird eating snake. I don't know if it has another name or not - but that is what our guide called it. I liked its tiny non-viper head. It was very long and graceful but the light was bad in the rainforest, so this is really the only good pic we got.
The above photos are of the 2 toed sloth and the 3 toed sloth. Can't remember which is which. Both sleep high up in the trees and the blond one has an unpleasant disposition.
There aren't any caves in Costa Rica, so the bats sleep hanging from trees! You can't tell from the photograph, but they are about 100 feet up the tree. Our guide had a wonderful telescope that we could utilize to take close up pictures with. Nearly all the guides had them and it allowed us to get photos we wouldn't normally be able to get.
This is a South American Agouti. It's basically a giant rodent. They are cute and quiet and forge for nuts. About the size of a pit bull, but less cuddley. We saw one about 6am from our balcony before the rest of the resort was active. This one Tina photographed while we were hiking in Manual Antonio.
Sleeping snake. Don't remember what type it was, but it was pretty as long as it stayed sleeping up in the tree!
Here are some pictures of some of the great activities we did!
I love zip lining!!! My friends were terrified for about 5 minutes until they discovered the total coolness that zip lining is. Nothing better than flying 300 feet above the canopy on a zip line!
Rappelling down a waterfall is much more difficult than it looks. We did two waterfalls. The first was the "practice" at around 300 feet. The second was much more difficult at around 500 feet. I'm glad I did it, but unless I learn to rappel well on dry land, I probably won't be trying this again.