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Pineapple fields forever

This weekend we went to a nature reserve called El Chocoyero. It’s only 30 miles from Managua, but the last seven of those are along unpaved roads through pineapple, banana and coffee fields.  The two main features of El Chocoyero are the waterfalls that you can reach with an easy hike, and the cliffs where hundreds of tiny green birds called chocoyos live.  They leave every morning at sunrise and come back between 3 and 5 pm to their holes in the cliffs.  On our hike we saw an owl and some spider monkeys.  The howler monkeys were heard but not seen.  Here’s a few photos from the trip and a pineapple quote especially for my friend RYW.

Propose to an Englishman any principle, or any instrument, however admirable, and you will observe that the whole effort of the English mind is directed to find a difficulty, a defect, or an impossibility in it. If you speak to him of a machine for peeling a potato, he will pronounce it impossible; if you peel a potato with it before his eyes, he will declare it useless, because it will not slice a pineapple.  – Charles Babbage

Now for more pictures….

Waterfall and cliffs where the chocoyos live.

Our lovely tour guide. She looks sweet, but she would crush you in a flora and fauna trivia challenge.

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  1. RYW #

    LOVE this.

    November 18, 2010

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