Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
|Danielle Van Beckum adapting just fine to the tropical lifestyle.|
|Technically it's a suspension bridge, but "suspense" bridge seems more appropriate.|
|The back end of Carara National Park actually includes some fairly high peaks (1500 meters)|
Below: the local cattle breeds.
|Left: typical country road.
Below: "Indios desnudos" ("naked Indians") are commonly used as living fence posts.
|One of the zip lines at Turu-Bari allows people to fly horizontally like Superman. A customer in flight is visible just right of the pole.|
|reliefmap of Turu-Bari. The site is a curious D-shaped bowl that appears to be an entrenched meander except that the Tarcoles River doesn't follow the bend and only a low mound occupies the interior of the bowl. Since the river follows a fault here, it looks like faulting may have caused the river to cut off the meander.|
|The upper cable car station.|
|From left: Jaime Kozloski, Teresa Arnold, Kelly Hirsch, Sarah Glaeser, Bridget Engebose|
|Getting fitted out.|
|The first of our group hooks up.|
|And the rest wait their turn.|
|And we're off.
Below: Phil Hahn hooks up and jumps off
|Between zip lines, elevated walks connect the stations.|
|Looking across the bowl at the Tarcoles River.
Below: scenes along the zip line course.
|They save the best for last.|
|The last cable plunges half a mile to the center of the bowl.|
|Here's why you look before grabbing anything.|
|Headed for the cable car. This is how you get back up after the last cable.|
|Greg Sheier peering out of the cable car.|
|Heading back to the top.
Below: views of the valley and the Tarcoles River.
|This cable car is a continuous loop, so it stops whenever a car
stops at the top or bottom to unload.
Below: more views from the cable car.
|Above: cooling off
Left and below: views on the way back.
|Crossing the suspense bridge.|
|The Tarcoles River from the bridge.|
|Views of the bridge from solid ground.
The not funny part is a few years later, the bridge collapsed, killing several people.
|Town square in Orotina. Several sloths live in the trees and are a point of pride for the locals, who eagerly told us where to find them.|
|The guy at left was about 20 feet up in a palm tree but the one below was literally low enough to touch.|
|Street scenes in Orotina.|
|Setting a rendezvous time.|
|Dan Meinhardt and Matt Dornbusch buying school supplies for Bijagual School.|
|The group assembles.|
|Amazingly enough, one of the sloths actually moved a body part in the hour or so we were there, proving that it is indeed alive and not just an epiphyte.|
|Public school in Orotina.|
|Palms with new shoots.|
Created 18 January 2008, Last Update 11 June 2020