Turtles and Crocodiles for Jude’s Bench Series #9

I found these beautifully carved wooden benches in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

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This month, the theme for Jude’s Bench Series #9, is ‘Wooden Benches’. Click the link to join in.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Does your chewing gum lose its flavour?

On our trip to Costa Rica last year, we stayed for a few nights at the Hotel San Bada in the beach resort of Manuel Antonio. In the grounds, we came upon this rather odd concrete sculpture. It looked in need of some finishing touches, and someone else had obviously been of the same opinion, because they’d stuck pink chewing gum in its nostrils.

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I think this qualifies for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge, don’t you? To join in the fun, just click on the badge below and submit your own ‘Odd Ball’ pics.

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If you don’t get my title, you’re probably too young to remember ‘The King of Skiffle’, Lonnie Donegan, who had a big hit on the 1950’s with this song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6bFTVi0hHs&feature=kp, “Does your chewing gum lose its flavour on the bedpost overnight.”

Wordless Wednesday: Taking the dog for a walk, Costa Rican style.

Yesterday, I did a Wordless Wednesday on Tuesday. Being on vacation, I totally lose track of what day it is. You were all too kind, and didn’t say a word about my mistake, so here’s a cute pic for the correct day.

Taking the dog for a 'walk' in Manuel Antonio.

Taking the dog for a ‘walk’ in Manuel Antonio.

Taking the dog for a 'walk' in Manuel Antonio.

If crocs could fly…….

If crocodiles could fly,  we’d all be in big trouble. 🙂

Yesterday as we journeyed from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio, our bus driver dropped us off so that we could walk across the bridge over the Tarcoles River. Our tour guide promised us that we were going to see monstrous crocodiles lurking on the mud banks below. (click on any photo to enlarge.)

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Sure enough, as we peered over the rail of the bridge, there they were, all lined up ready for a photo shoot.

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These American crocodiles, can grow up to 18 feet long.

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Apparently, the water  of this river is so polluted, that no fish can live in it, so what do these huge predators eat? Maybe they’re waiting for a couple of tourists to fall off the bridge. Well, they certainly weren’t going to get me.

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Just look at the size of those feet!

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After waving goodbye to these prehistoric looking creatures, we boarded our bus to the nearby resort town of Jaco, where we were to stop for lunch. The weather was scorching hot, and being a Sunday, the place was very busy. We sat in the shade of a cafe, eating chocolate ice cream sundaes and watching the world go by. The allocated two and a half hours really dragged by, and when we gratefully got back on the coach again, it was to be told that the air conditioning had stopped working. Not good news at all, but we all made the best of a bad job, opened a few windows, and headed for Manuel Antonio, where we are to spend three nights. The San Bada hotel is brand new and is situated right next to the beach, and right outside the gate to the Manuel Antonio National Park entrance, which we are due to visit on Tuesday.

Sitting out on our balcony, we witnessed a really memorable sunset,

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and it got even more spectacular,

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as the fiery ball gradually slid down behind a small island offshore.

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until it finally disappeared from view.

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Today, we’re  going to explore the town, hang out by the pool and spend some time walking along the beach. Hope your week is a good one.