Our Costa Rica Adventure

On March 9, 2008, through March 21, 2008, we visited fantastic Costa Rica. Here's the link to our pictures in Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/realtabsd/sets/72157604232402887/detail/

And here's a link to the videos in a montage created in OneTrueMedia:

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Here's what you'll see in the video montage:

A howler monkey mom and her baby - or is that babies?
Leaf cutter ants are farmers. They're delivering leaves to their colony while the empty-mandibled ones are heading back along the same route. They're creating compost, in which they grow fungus that they eat. There's only one queen per colony of about 50,000 ants. When ants leave to form a new colony, they take bits of fungus with them as starters.
We took a trip to Isla Cano for snorkeling and hiking. A pod of spotted dolphins accompanied us part of the way. The water was so clear you can see them underwater.
Breakfast at the Arenal Observatory Lodge. The gurgling sound you hear is the Montezuma Oropendola, which was as common as our crows:

 

The zipline tour. It's narrated and shot by Leo, one of our zipline guides. Fantastic!!! That's really what it was like! The longest zipline was 2400' long and 660' above ground...no lie!
The hike down the mountain above El Toucanet Lodge, up in the clouds. Utter silence, broken only by birdsong.
The gaudy leaf frog walking! Please ignore the clueless Calif. couple's voices on this; but listen for the cool toad whomping call in the background!

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