Tag Archives: Ojochal Costa Rica

Morphos, Horses and Toucans…

Oh My! What an incredible experience I am having in the midst of a very humid paradise! Heh heh… it is so humid that after a walk with Lily I pour sweat for another twenty minutes and getting out of my clothes to shower is like peeling an orange….. I have more pictures for you!  Do you know the Lunesta commercial on tv where the butterfly is flying so weirdly… as if she’s swooping up then down then up then down… actually, that’s exactly how these morpho’s fly…. I was watching one at this site in the next photo where I always see them, and yelled out loud ‘It’s the Lunesta butterfly!’ with great glee I might add… even though it was just Lily and I on our Route 2 walk…

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And I have to add here that the horses, all the horses I’ve seen here are really pretty animals and once they know you, after you’ve acknowledged them, they don’t pay much more attention to you. I don’t care, I say HI! anyway… they probably think I’m a young puppy with the enthusiastic energy I’m exhibiting.

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But here’s my grand excitement of this house sitting trip thus far:

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Yep, toucans in a tree… can you believe it? I couldn’t. I just stopped in my tracks and felt like the heavens had opened and my heart with it and was totally bamboozled with joy. Never seen one, much less a treefull of toucans before… what a treat!

Lily and I on the Route 2 walk enjoyed the following sights along the way: Here she is on the rickety bridge that has steel beams under the rotting wood over a small raging river.

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And here is a picture of the local school.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Yes, the following sign DOES say that you can buy this lot along the large river for $49.5k.

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And your final picture for today…. the mountains under a cloud… this is what the locals in Ojochal see each day… well, maybe not the clouds all the time by a longshot, but you can see in this picture how incredibly close and high they are,  and they’re topped by clouds in this one…. ah….. sure you don’t want to come and visit this most beautiful place and wander with me via local bus and on foot through paradise?

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Clouds of Chattering Parrots in Ojochal Costa Rica…

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It’s that time of year here… when the parrot babies become adolescents and swarm through the skies like the teenagers they are in packs of chattering irrascible cacophonic splendor. I think I just made up a word! I’m here in Ojochal, Costa Rica babysitting a home, a dog and a cat for a woman who chose me out of thirty applicants on TrustedHousesitters.com. It happens to be a wonderful site if you plan on traveling anywhere in the world and want to take care of someone else’s possessions for a free place to stay while the owner is away. I’ve seen requests for beautiful homes for a year here in Costa Rica, as well as weeks at a time all over the world.

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This is where I am…

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And this begins a series of photos taken in the garden of the person I am house sitting for.

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And here are the wonderful little animals I am entirely in love with that I am taking care of; Lily the pup whom I walk every morning for 2 hours up the mountain and back, plus Kiska the really beautiful intent-on-food outdoor kitty who is just now sitting next to me coughing up a hairball…

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The arrangement with TrustedHousesitters.com is one that doesn’t include any remuneration, so I pay for my own food and transportation… it’s not a money-making endeavor, at least through this site… It’s totally awesome for me because it allows me to go to different parts of the country and meet new people. Just today while walking the house owner’s pup I met a woman who has a casita for rent by the night here that is so reasonably priced for this area that I’d be remiss if I didn’t share it with everyone… it’s listed on vrbo.com, item #314680 in Ojochal Costa Rica.

You can do your own googling or binging for more information about Ojochal, but let me tell you from firsthand experience that this area is a very well kept secret of bountiful, lush, private lives fulfilled between the ocean and the jungles, in a natural splendor close to what I assume the Garden of Eden must have been like…. Next week – a talk and walk about Route #1 with Lily the beautiful pup… till then…