Bees Without Stingers Still Bite

I found that out a few days ago. We were hiking at a place called Caletas Reserve just outside of Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. There was a recently fallen tree that had been partially cleared away by the owner of the land, but there was still some brush and debris that we had to trudge through. Apparently a swarm of bees thought it was a nice place to relocate their hive and weren’t too happy when we happened upon them and disturbed their new nest. Despite being stinger-less these bees knew how to latch on to passerby’s and use their tiny little mouths to inflict pain. They swarmed around our group of about ten hikers and crawled into our clothes, hair, shoes, socks, you name it. Luckily we could feel them moving around in said places and dislodge them before they took their first bite. But occasionally we suffered a blow that left a big red welt. Needless to say, we got out of there pretty fast, but we were still pulling them out of each others hair 20 minutes later.

On a happier note, my parents met up with me and the ship yesterday at Manuel Antonio where we spent the morning looking for monkeys and sloths and lounging on the beach. They joined us for lunch back on board then sailed with us from Manuel Antonio to Herradura, where the guests disembarked early this morning. Mom and Dad had to get off last night around 8:30 and find a place to crash. I haven’t seen or heard from them since, so hopefully they found a place. Many of the guests they talked to on board were incredulous about what they were doing – taking a month off to backpack around Costa Rica without any definite plans or itinerary. Although it sounds like my type of vacation, I’ve come to learn over the years that our (meaning the Timbers’ family) idea of a holiday isn’t what most people envision.

So three weeks have come and gone and now I only have one more trip back down to Panama before I head to Mexico for my long-awaited vacation. I’m very excited to have Karen Sweeney come join me on both this weeks voyage and next week in Maztlan. I’m sure I’ll have lots to blog about and many stories to tell!


One Response

  1. well, we did find a place to crash, and we did email you this morning, but i guess you never got it? we’ll be converging again on the beach of manuel antonio tomorrow morning. see you then!

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