A shout out to Holly for the cool journals she surprised us with last night- here is a picture of one- complete with stamps of coffee beans and wonderfully smooth colors perfect for Costa Rica.
The picture was taken during today's o-mazing hike through the cloud forest. The sights, sounds, and smells during the hike presented a richness unlike that I had ever experienced before.
Here is a photo of the group after we emerged from the forest. We hiked back to the building and were treated to lectures on the region, soils, nutrients; lunch; and more informative lectures on our field methods (we'll begin tomorrow!).
During the lectures it rained off and on (downpours so hard that we stopped the lectures because the sound was so loud on the roof it was too hard to hear the speakers!).
We are back at the cabins, journaling, playing cards, and relaxing before dinner.