Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Day 7, 8, and 9: Karen Mogensen Reserve
This was such a peaceful stay. We hiked up to beautiful views where we were woken every morning by howling monkeys. Our cabins had hammocks where we enjoyed some much needed free time. We took a few hikes to some scenic waterfalls and swam in some natural pools. It was very surreal to swim with monkeys surrounding us. On a night hike, we got to see the gaudy leaf frog (which is the symbol of Costa Rica) and a few other species of frogs.
The wonderful people working at the reserve were like a family away from home and the cooking was so delicious! They have a beautiful research station just waiting for researchers to fall in love with it. We did a service learning project to help clean up the area and a tree was planted in the name of one of our own (Fred) because we donated a good sum of money for the reserve to be able to purchase more forest land.
I will miss having howler monkey wake-up alarms when we leave.