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Subject: Dry Forest Exploration
Another fun thing we experimented with were the ant lions. They make little craters in the sand and sit at the bottom waiting for a victim to slip in. We fed them a couple of ants for our entertainment and watched as the ants struggled in vain to escape their death trap. After we stopped feeling morbid, we left the poor things alone and continued along the path, trying to translate the trailside plaques from Spanish.
Its very sad that this is the last night Im going to spend in Costa Rica. Its been a great trip with many surprises and great memories. Ill never forget my early morning runs through the rainforest and talking to the loud howler monkeys: its not every day that one has a chance to do that! It seemed that there was something bizarre and extraordinary around every corner. There was an abundance of huge, unforgettable trees. The strangler figs will always stick out in my mind because of the way they wrap themselves around their prey and grow on top of it. I never expected so many different types of bugs and little animals, but the closer I looked, the more critters appeared. Overall this trip was nothing like I expected but was still a great experience.
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