Yesterday, we hiked up to the Big Tree, one of my favourite hikes. It can be rigorous, with a steep uphill climb, a stream crossing over slippery stones, and occasionally some muddy patches. The Big Tree is really not very big, but it looks it until you get quite close. The view from the tree is spectacular, It is a multidimensional sighting of a long streatch of Lake Arenal, the houses and roadway of the tiny town of Rio Piedros below us, the windmills on a nearby bluff, and miles and miles of gentle rolling hills, in all different shades of green. Calves, cows horses and trees dot the landscape, and I often feel here that I am living in a time far removed from the present.
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