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A report on the tropical dry forest:
Tuesday, April 14
Overall this trip has been the experience of a lifetime. Ive encountered several different species of both plants and animals, including a family of coatimundi, parrots, an olive ridley turtle skeleton and shell, howler monkeys, the black mangrove plant, strangler fig trees, gum trees, chichle trees, blue crowned mot-mot birds, turkey vultures, armadillo, ant lions, velvet antsnot to mention the many I cant recall right now without my notes.
Today we had a great time, probably the most fun we had so far. We hiked three miles, mostly downhill, to a waterfall with a swimming hole at the bottom where we swam and dove into. The hike back was hard and hot, but well worth it. After our hike back from the waterfall we got on the bus drove down the road and walked 5 min. to another waterhole, which was better, the rocks that we jumped off of were higher. Tomorrow is our last real day of encountering nature, and I will keep you posted on what happens and what we see.
What I was really amazed to see was the two-toed sloth. It was so spectacular. I have always seen them on the National Geographic specials, but never in its natural habitat and so close. The moment that we saw the sloths will be a moment that will always stick out in my mind.
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