Hike in the Rain Forest

Today was our first hike in a long, long time.  That’s really a shame since hiking is literally out our front door and we could/should go all the time.  Today was a planned hike to the Hidden Waterfall.  It’s a pretty easy hike and the environment is gorgeous.

hike treeThere were about 20 people in our group.  It takes about an hour or so to get to the waterfall.  It’s a well worn trail so impossible to get lost.  Along the way we stopped at  a massive tree.  It must be well over 100 years old.

There was also a little cleared area that I thought would make a great background for a wedding picture.  Of course, the humidity is about 100% so it was very sweaty.

The waterfall is really pretty.  It’s not one of those crashing, noisy falls that you hear before you see it.  You actually have to be quite close before you see it.  hike waterfall

On the way back down the mountain, we ran into an organized tour group on the same trail.  The tour leader had spotted a resplendent quetzal.  Although numerous people kept pointing at it near the top of the trees, this is what I saw (below).

hike no quetzal

hike quetzal

 

The tour director took my camera and put it up to his lens.  This is what it looked like.

 

He said that on a previous tour, he saw about 25 of them.  They are pretty hard to spot if you don’t know what you’re doing – like us.  So this was a nice treat.

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