Monday, Feb 2 2004 -- Turrialba to Chilamate

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Monday morning we packed up to head to the Hotel La Quinta and -- the clutch cable snapped on the BMW. We re-packed to carry most of our stuff on three bikes, called the tour operator to report the bike failure, and headed out on three bikes for the Hotel La Quinta.

We stopped at another roadside joint and had a fine lunch (another casado) for about $15 for the four of us.

When we got to the Hotel La Quinta, we had much of the afternoon left, so we spent several hours exploring the insect and archeological artifacts in the museum on the hotel grounds, then the butterfly habitat and finally the model plantation and gardens.

After dinner at the hotel, we retired early.

G & J two-up waiting for construction
G & J at scenic overlook/roadside break during our detour
scenic overlook/roadside break during our detour
B & K at scenic overlook/roadside break during our detour
lunch stop - another day, another casada bisteka
lunch stop
our porch at Hotel La Quinta
view from our porch at Hotel La Quinta
G & stone woman in HLQ museum
grinding table in HLQ museum
little stone dude in HLQ museum
Princess Amedalia, I presume?
J studing artifact in HLQ museum
masks in HLQ museum
mask in HLQ museum
another little stone dude in HLQ museum
part of the bug collection in the HLQ museum
part of the bug collection in the HLQ museum
part of the bug collection in the HLQ museum
a river runs through it.
bird of paradise plant in front of HLQ
bird of paradise plant on grounds of HLQ
more flowers on grounds of HLQ
butterflys chowing down on rotten fruit at HLQ butterfly habitat
butterflys chowing down on rotten fruit at HLQ butterfly habitat
butterflys chowing down on rotten fruit at HLQ butterfly habitat
flowers in HLQ butterfly habitat
butterfly attempting unsuccessfully to eat steel railing
butterfly diddling flower
butterfly diddling flower
more flowers on grounds of HLQ
bird of paradise plant on grounds of HLQ
bird of paradise plant on grounds of HLQ
bird of paradise plant on grounds of HLQ
banana tree on grounds of HLQ
pineapple plant on grounds of HLQ -- and you thought they came from a grocery store.
coconut tree on grounds of HLQ
tree with many weaver bird nests waaaay up there.
closeup of weaver bird nests
heron on small pond/swamp on grounds of HLQ
heron on small pond/swamp on grounds of HLQ

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