March 11 – cow milking 101

Bruce at Fish Hook Marina suggested we might want to see some of the area since we had to wait for the transport ship.   We wanted to escape the heat and humidity of Golfito .  He suggested Hospedaje Cerro Pittier at about 5,200 ft. altitude.  It’s at the end of the road to Parque Int’l Amistad and offers cooler weather.  Good thing we’d rented a 4-wheel drive jeep or we never would have made it up some of the rock-strewn roads.  With the help of GPS we only got lost once.

We thought we were just getting cooler weather at a farm hostel.   We didn’t realize we would experience rural farm life with Olivio and Yemileth who rarely buy anything and certainly don’t waste anything.  Their garden provides the food, the trucha is stocked with hand raised trout, free range chickens give eggs, cows provide milk for drinking and cheese making, the bees make honey, they press their own cane sugar and the pig, well…

Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing stay.  Olivio and Yemileth only speak Spanish so conversation was a lot of hand signals interspersed with my Spanish on the level of a four year old.  We got by and were well fed.

Olivio made everything -the house, bungalow, furniture, stove in the outdoor kitchen

Yemileth was a good cook making her own corn tortillas, plantains from the garden, cheese from their cows, and delicious locally grown coffee

Some of the farm animals are just too cute

There’s a lot of work on the farm

More house shots

And then there’s the milking.  It’s harder than it looks and neither Jim nor I could get a drop out of her.  Farmers we’re not.

If you’re ever in Costa Rica and want the real deal or to brush up on your Spanish get in touch with Olivio and Yemileth.  They’re special folks.