Making her get a way
Impressive acrobatics

Imagine….Always. It is amazing how no matter what the environment you’re in or task you happen to be doing, you can become complacent and routine in your observations. I had this drilled home today when I was doing some yard work here in Costa Rica. My imagination had taken a break and I was simply going through the motions. Part of the work that needs to get done is pulling down dead branches from the palm trees (a bit of hazard management). Without really looking at the tree I was working on I plunged the end of the 24ft(7.3 metres) bamboo pole toward the dead branch that was my goal. Suddenly a large mass started moving just above where I had placed the pole. To my surprise I watched a sloth unfold from around a branch and start to make its’ way rapidly (for a sloth) up the tree. I called for Karen and together we watched this incredible animal move steadily up the tree. It was a good 3ft(1 metre) long, from head to bottom.

As I ran to get my camera Karen noticed a small arm wrapped around the side of the apparent mother sloth. Now I have to admit a bit of guilt at this time. Here I had scared this sloth, with baby hanging on, into feeling it had to escape a threat. As we watched it hanging from branches that we were sure could not take the weight I envisioned this family crashing to the ground. Luckily no such event took place.

You don't always get to frame your photos the way you would like when the subject is working to get away from you. Baby still holding on tight.
You don’t always get to frame your photos the way you would like when the subject is working to get away from you. Baby still holding on tight.
As Momma sloth stopped to look for her next branch, baby had a chance to have a quick look around.
As Momma sloth stopped to look for her next branch, baby had a chance to have a quick look around.

It was inspiring to watch the beautifully smooth movement of an animal as it crossed an area you would never believe could be accessed by anything larger than a bird or a squirrel. This sloth just kept moving until it simply could not go any further. At which point it curled onto a branch and became absolutely motionless.

Momma sloth did not stop their escape until they were at the very top of the tree. A healthy 40ft (12 metres) above the ground.
Momma sloth did not stop their escape until they were at the very top of the tree. A healthy 40ft (12 metres) above the ground.

Other than the wonderful experience of getting to watch such a neat animal this was also a great reminder to keep your imagination engaged, no matter where you are in the world. There are so many beautiful things all around us and I feel we all too frequently start to take things for granted. Don’t let that happen. Keep your imagination engaged….Always.

Our sloth from yesterday was still hanging out in the same tree we saw it in yesterday.
Our sloth from yesterday was still hanging out in the same tree we saw it in yesterday. Imagine three sloths in our yard at the same time. Life is pretty good.

 

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

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