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Jumping Ship on the Penas Blancas River

One notably bold move in my recent Costa Rican adventure:     My guide on a wildlife-watching river float pulled over to shore, leaped onto the bank, thrashed around in the more than knee-deep lush green tangle, and came back to the raft holding a poison dart frog. 

These brilliant little creatures are actually poison to touch.  It's not just a name.  ("The Strawberry Poison-dart frog is not known to be lethal to man, but its skin secretions may have unpredictable effects on humans. … The most lethal animal toxin known belongs to a (related) frog (Phyllobates terribilis)…; poison from a single individual can kill twenty thousand mice or ten adult humans.")

River guide Moises proceeded to let the thing scoot around on his arm, then thoroughly washed off in the river. 

I was still reacting to the fact that he'd jumped into that tall grass on a riverbank where boas and the like have been known to appear.


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  • November 30, 2011 at 9:24 am Reply

    'This does not inspire creativity on MY part – au contraire, just visualizing it scares the stuffin' outta' me.

    • December 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm Reply

      And he was bare-legged for that little hike, Mary!

      I do find other people’s exploits give me a spurt of courage, in the form of: well, if he can run through the jungle unprotected, I can certainly return a difficult phone call.

  • November 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm Reply

    Greetings Peggy, Auuhahahaauuhahaha! is what would have come outta my mouth. Then I'd of thanked the Lord the boa didn't get him or me!Now what does that say of the ratio "of mice vs men?"
    Maybe those brilliant dart frogs are like us when we are young, small–pretty harmless–sweet, cute even. Then when we grow older, we can become filled with pure poison and allow words to dart out of our mouth and act in ways that kill the human spirit AND ourselves if we aren't careful. (I know I used to have a BIG mouth when I was younger. Nowadays when words of pure truth comes out, they oftentimes feel like poisonous darts to those who don't want to hear it.) 
    I don't know if this makes sense to you but it does to me.
    I hope you gave this brave fellow a good tip. By the way, did you notice that his skin is glowing and very good looking. His arm looks as smooth as silk.
    Nice pictures. You are just so talented and have a sharp eye for everything.

    • December 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm Reply

      I think I’ve been a mixed bag the whole way, Eileen. I have an idea most of us are. You have a pretty good eye yourself, noticer of glowing skin.

  • December 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm Reply

    Such a pretty frog!  That guy is a daredevil; there are also crocs there! (not the rubber kind you wear on your feet…lol)

    • December 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm Reply

      Well, maybe he knew stuff about protecting himself that wasn’t obvious. He certainly didn’t show any fear or squeamishness about anything.

  • December 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm Reply

    Wow!  Mark and I once watched a TV show called "I Survived" and it was filled with stories like this one.  The only difference is that the "stunt" did not work out quite the way that the individual thought it would and then it was a rush to get help and survive!  
    Sounds like you had quite an amazing adventure!

    • December 16, 2011 at 9:02 am Reply

      I just watched the other guy take chances, Debbie. Much easier. I’ve been following your daughter’s adventure at school. So sorry that happened. Sounds as if she has handled it very well.

  • December 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm Reply

    Great Trip.  Aiki

    • December 21, 2011 at 11:40 am Reply

      Thanks, Aiki. It was. More stories to come.

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