I am not going to try and create a journal for my 10 days in Costa Rica. I have no journal notes, only my poor memory, but I did have 120 pictures; however they were 110 slides and I could not scan them. My blog friend in Indiana and then my neighbor when he moved to Sierra Vista moved back to Indiana and became a blogger friend once more. When he blogged that he had bought a scanner and digitized over 400 of his 110 slides I emailed him and asked if he could scan mine. He did it almost the same day that he received them in the mail and I had them back in a digitized for via the Internet within a day after that.
I have the digitized slides now in the slide show below.
It starts with pictures taken during two taxi tours; one to a coffee finca and the second one to the Irazu volcano. The volcano’s summit at 11, 260′ is usually cloud-covered, as it was the day we visited it, so there are no pictures of the caldera.
The second set of pictures were taken while on the San José to Limon narrow gauge train. This was one of the primary reasons for me to select Costa Rica for the vacation; I wanted to ride this train. It was a good thing that I did it when I did, I think in 1983, because rail travel was destroyed in a 7.5-scale earthquake in Limón on April 22, 1991. So much damage was caused to rail lines and bridges in the area that the route has never been re-built.
The third group of pictures start with a stone ball or petrosphere that I have included with the San José zoo pictures. The spheres are commonly attributed to the extinct Diquís culture, and they are sometimes referred to as the Diquís Spheres. They are the best-known stone sculptures of the Isthmo-Colombian area. I have also included most of the flowering plant pictures that I took in this group.
The fourth collection of pictures are various shots taken in and around San José. I went walking around town most days with a stop at the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Numismatic Museum and the Museo de Arte Costarricense. No picture taken inside any of them.
The final four pictures were taken while in the airport transit terminal in Guatamala City where we landed for maybe an hour on the return flight to the United States.