“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.”

– Steven Wright

One of the changes to our daily lives, since leaving Dallas for Costa Rica, is that we walk many places as opposed to driving. At this point we have decided, because of high cost of vehicle ownership here, not to purchase a vehicle and to walk or take a bus for the next few months to determine if car ownership would be worth the cost. While owning a vehicle provides a sense of freedom, walking has allowed us to slow down, take in our surroundings and drop a bit of the weight gained from our lifestyle in the US. We walk about a half of a mile up a dirt road to catch the bus into town, we walk to see friends, we walk everywhere while we are in town and we walk and hike for fitness.

For fitness there is a 4 mile, figure 8 route, that I like to take. The hike begins outside our apartment and climbs through the coffee fields of a finca (a Costa Rican farm). This section of the hike provides beautiful vistas and overlooks the San Miguel ridge and the mountains  in the background.

View from El Cajon de Grecia

Once you exit the finca we follow the El Cajon road back down to the dirt road  Matapalo, this road splits and contiues for about a mile down hill. Along this road there are beautiful views of coffee fields, farm land, trees and flowers. Many of these flowers are butterfly attractants and the variety of butterflies surrounding these flowers is awesome.

Butterfly in Costa Rica

The last mile of the trek is entirely uphill, providing a great cardio finish to the hike. The hike is almost exactly 4 miles long and takes about an hour and 40 minutes.

My first hike, about a month ago, was 40 minutes long and it about killed me. Literally, I could not catch my breath and had to stop multiple times to “enjoy the view”. Now I do that same hike in about 30 minutes and follow it up with an extra hour or so of walking. Although I have not weighed myself since I have been here, I can see my belly shrinking and my double chin becoming single again.

I think I will keep on walking,

Greg