The next day, our guide Jonathan brought us out on a walk through the woods and we got to see plants, waterfalls, and birds. That night, we put some bananas out on the feeders and we got to see a few mammals we had never seen before--the cacomistles and kinkajous, when they came to feed. A cacomistle looks like a little tree raccoon and a kinkajou is unique. Not only did the kinkajou eat all the bananas off two feeders, as it that wasn't enough, it then drank everything from the hummingbird feeders!
After Los Quetzales we went to Bocas Del Toro to stay at our friend Greg's hut on the nearby island of Bastimentos. We were picked up by one of the indigenous people that lives on the island, Jose (but we call him Joey). Greg's hut is literally just a hut on a beach ... there are barely any walls, no doors, and a thatched roof. We didn't have electricity, so at night we ate by candlelight and then crawled under the mosquito netting with our flashlights to read.
Joey's wife and some of his kids were there to greet us and help us settle in. Joey's kids liked to come over and we all played volleyball, soccer and swam in the water. Days at Greg's hut usually started out with Fruit Loops, our version of a tropical breakfast, then an island activity (swimming, snorkeling, reading in a hammock), visiting with the locals on the island, then a biology filled night (gigantic fireflies or scorpions).
The days were great and seeing Joey usually involved a fun activity like snorkeling or even one day we went to see his home in Salt Creek, which is where the native community lives. He took us by boat over to the village and we got to see his house, where he had three pet parrots, and we met his brother, who owns a little convenience store where we all got sodas. The last night we went over to Joey's parent's house where his mom made us a great seafood meal of the fish and lobster that he had caught that day. It was really special to get to know the people who live on the island.
Now after a stopover in Costa Rica we'll be heading back home. Hard to believe we've been traveling for a year!