Sunday, August 10, 2008
Home-made Aaron video after cartoon...
Volcano Trail Day 5
"Monteverde or "Green Mountain", is exactly what you find at the end of the long, rutted dirt road through the mountains. The surrounding pastures were once covered with dense forest, but today only a small piece of it remains. That piece of forest has been preserved as Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.
Cloud forest is much like a rainforest, but much of the moisture comes not from falling rain but from the condensation left by the nearly constant cloud cover that blankets the tops of mountains in many parts of the tropics. Monteverde Reserve covers 1600 hectares of forest and is home to a great variety of wildlife.
More than 2,000 species of plants, 320 bird species and 100 different species of mammals inhabit this small area.
The village of Monteverde was founded in the 1950s by Quakers from the United States. Looking to leave behind the constant fear of war and objecting to being forced to support continued militarism through their taxes, the Quakers chose Costa Rica because of its commitment to a non-militaristic economic path - Costa Rica’s army was dissolved in the 1940s.
Cartoon du Jour:
Buenos Aires taxi ride.. front window view...
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