Martín had been working on clearing the ATV trail up in our pasture all last week. Today, he took us up there to see what he accomplished. The trail is a little over half a kilometer and it was completely overgrown. We didn't even know there was a trail up there until he told us about it. We can't believe how much work (chopping by hand with a machete) he did. Nacho helped, too. It's a great trail! It's wide enough to ride the ATV (quad)... or walk up. Eventually, we'll add some benches so people can rest and listen to the birds. Martín is a great guide, too, he showed us where the tapir (danta) walk across the path... and the goats (apparently we have wild mountain goats on our property... very cool!) and then, we saw puma droppings. The chances of actually seeing one are unlikely: they are stealthy and are more afraid of us than we are of it.
We hiked up first thing this morning and we were gone about an hour, maybe a little longer. On the way down, Martín took us down a different trail, which has not been cleared yet. Martín will be clearing it next. Martín made us both walking sticks and I was very grateful for mine, especially when coming down. The slope is rather vertical in some places and with the thick brush, each step felt precarious, but my lovely walking stick helped my balance. Kevin and I were completely exhausted afterwards. We were pretty much done for the rest of the day. I sat outside on one of our Muskoka chairs and fell asleep. My butt is feeling the workout, too! Who needs a gym? :)
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My husband, Kevin, and I are from Burlington, Ontario, Canada. We decided to leave the cold winters of the Great White North and the hustle and bustle of our busy lives to reinvent ourselves in the beautiful mountains of Costa Rica. The planning stage started in June 2011 and we embarked on our new adventure on August 23, 2012. Welcome to our journey... enjoy the ride.
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