Tea in Costa Rica Anyone?

tea leavesI am a dreamer. I’d like to make the world a better place, you know, leave it better than I found it for the next generation. The planet may be going to hell in a hand basket, so I might as well try and do something about it. I am also a believer. I believe that nature is the ultimate gift to human kind, the final refuge with the power to bring peace to our collective troubled soul. Wild landscapes are the origin of humanity and in the unplugged wild places lie the secrets we need to save our collective future on this spaceship hurtling the galaxy. You can call me a hopeless dreamer all you want, and I will only agree with you.

We all have our niche, the place to which we belong. You may be most comfortable in the kitchen or the garden, the stage or the sound room. Me, put me in a forest and life is better. Put me in the top of a tree in the forest and life is best. You can call me weird, but there are a lot of us out there who find that the meaning of life pours out of tree tops and into our hearts, channeled through climbing ropes and beamed from unfiltered sun beams or rain drops. What’s more, as a believer it is my diehard conviction that there are a lot of tree geeks who haven’t been gifted the chance to find their arboreal spirit, and that there are lessons in tree tops for everyman.

Canopy Watch International has a mission: to share love and understanding of forest canopies with the world. We can’t save what we don’t love and we can’t love what we don’t know. Are you locked up at work or at school? You live in a city? Come with us. Climb high, see wild monkeys and tropical birds, camp in the forest a hundred feet off the ground, and love life. It’s a simple message.

It’s an old Chinese belief that if you look closely you can see the future in tea leaves. I tried it today. I had to focus real hard because my perception felt blurred by visions of caffeine addiction, but the more I concentrated the more I could see some tree journeys in 2016. I think there is time in the Dominican Republic climbing after the critically endangered Ridgway’s Hawk. I think I also saw time in Arenal National Park in Costa Rica. There might be some camping in old-growth forests in Washington or Oregon, sleeping in treeboats amongst the owls, eye level with the stars. You’re invited. Stay tuned.

Adult Ridgway's Hawk, Dominican Republic, one of the most endangered hawks in the world. Photo © Dax Roman.
Adult Ridgway’s Hawk, Dominican Republic, one of the most endangered hawks in the world. Photo © Dax Roman.
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

5 thoughts on “Tea in Costa Rica Anyone?”

    1. Mario, I would love to come to Nicaragua. If you have places for us to climb trees and explore the canopy in Nicaragua, please write. David

  1. Yeah David for sure there are plenty of places that still have a lot of big trees here, I can send you some pictures to your e-mail. I am currently doing a camera trap study of Mammals in the Chonco-San Cristobal-Casita Natural Reserve and Volcanic complex, located in the northwestern part of Nicaragua, this place still holds a very beautiful forest, the previously mentioned work, has introduced me into tree climbing, I have placed a couple of cameras on the canopy and some interesting results are already coming out, you can find me on facebook as ¨Fauna AP Chonco-San Cristobal-Casita¨

    I have a couple of pictures there of some big trees, thanks for the blog and I also share with you your passion for climbing, greetings from Nicaragua.

    1. Mario – I will look at your Facebook page today and check out the photos. Looking forward to talking with you more about Nicaragua. You inspired the next blog on canopy birds that will come out soon.

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