Oct 18 2011

Gringos in the Mist – Day 11

The online newspaper, Inside Costa Rica,  reported today that “It’s been raining in Costa Rica for 11 days straight and the national weather service is forecasting a couple of days more before the sun begins to shine again. This is the one of the longest rainy periods in the history of the country.” Here at our cabina, we’ve had 22 inches of rain in the last 11 days. That’s a lot of rain! Just imagine how high it would be if it were snow!

It kind of reminds me of being back in Baltimore during a blizzard.  While this is just rain, and we don’t have to shovel out our car to go anywhere, we still feel house-bound…or in our case, cabina-bound.  It’s been interesting watching myself go through different stages, sort of like the stages of grief.  I went through denial (“this rain will stop any minute now”) to anger (“I REALLY wanted to go to the beach today! Darn!”  I skipped over bargaining right into depression – not getting out of my pajamas for three days. My acceptance came when we finally stopped postponing our bimonthly beach day with friends until I actually SEE the sun.  Then we’ll pick a day.

But now I find myself back at bargaining – maybe if I can get everyone to join me in singing The Beatles’ song, “Here Comes the Sun” we can get the Universe to cooperate.  Okay, now, one…two…three…”Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right…Sun, sun, sun, here it comes…”  Come on, join in, you know you want to!

Suffice it to say, the rain and lack of Vitamin D has made me a little batty.

The rain has had consequences beyond my mental health.  It has played havoc with the road at the bottom of our driveway.  The Pan-American Highway, Route 1, the major road from Canada through Panama, has been closed in several places throughout the country.

One place is just about 100 meters to the west of where we live, heading towards the Pacific coast.  Our neighbor and friend, Dean Killian, has trekked down to the road every day to check the progress — or lack of it — and captured it in photos.  Thanks, Dean, for letting us post them!


Since so many people rely on bus transportation, the road closure is really inconvenient.  With the road closed, and people on the far side of the closure still needing to get into town for work or to buy groceries, the solution is a wet one. They use two buses, one on each side of the closure, and people get off of one bus, walk across the closed area, then get on the second bus to continue their journey. But a couple of pictures say it better.  Yes, those are plastic grocery bags she is wearing on her feet.











The roads are a little better heading east, towards the town of San Ramon. Though the road isn’t closed, it’s buckling in the same vulnerable place it broke last year.  Here’s another of Dean’s photos showing the problem, along with one the workmen tackling it.

If you look closer at the workman’s face, you’ll see he’s smiling. Maybe it’s because he’s getting his picture taken.  But then again, maybe he see’s ahead to months of continued employment fixing the roads.



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