Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Crocodiles would never live in a polluted river. The chicken was quickly eaten by those sharp teeth!
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Rebecca zips through the cloud forest.
After a couple of lines we stopped for a group photo. We are all smiling, but we still can't believe we're flying on wires in the middle of the rain forest in Costa Rica!
Zip lining was so much fun and we all tried it in its place of origin.....Monte Verde, Costa Rica! Zip lining originated because scientists needed a way to study the plants and animals in the rain forest. They used ropes to view and study plants and animals at all heights from ground to canopy, maneuvering themselves up and down the ropes using a wheel with teeth. These ropes weren't connected from tree to tree when it began. They would unhook themselves, move the ropes, and begin again if they wanted to see something in another tree. Scientists continue to study the rain forest for many reasons. One of the reasons is to discover plants that can be used for medicinal purposes. Scientists have discovered both penicillin and citronella in the rain forest!
Diane and Kathy come in from our last zip line. It was the longest line and we zipped the last one with a partner. Although at times our lines zipped right through the middle of the cloud forest, this particular line kept us high above the canopy layer.