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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Emma's Farm

 Emma's farm is up the mountain from San Jose de los Remates.  She tells us to
expect a three hour trip to the farm and back.  We bring backpacks
for the fruit we will pick for Emma.


Eric, Pedro (Julian's employee)
and I start walking towards
Emma's farm at 6:45 am.

It's best to go to the farm and

back before the afternoon
heat sets in.

We see farmers bringing milk
down the trail from 
the dairy farm.

Up and up the trail goes.

This area is grassy with
trees that have small leaves.

San Jose de los Remates
lies below.

Grazing cows

The views are stunning!

We pass coffee farms.

This man is harvesting
coffee beans.

As we travel farther up the
mountain, the vegetation
becomes more lush.

This tree has a
stalk of bananas.

Pedro takes us to
the base of the waterfall
on Emma's farm.

This is beautiful!

This is Emma's coffee.

Pulling the skin off the
bean reveals two halves.

The raw bean is very hard
and tasteless.

We are here to pick fruit.  Emma gave us a backpack to fill.

Eric climbs a tree and
 picks tangerines.


One of many types
of lemons.


Pedro brought Chayote.
It is one of the many vegetables
introduced by Europeans.

When cooked, it is like a
summer squash.

We filled Emma's backpack and put fruit in ours as well.
It's time to go back to Casa Bendana Flores.

It's all downhill from here.
I have it easy going back
because Eric and Pedro
have the backpacks.

This woman and girl
head up as we slowly
make our way down.

It was a long walk up,
and it's a long walk
back home.

Eric catches a shot of
this tree with moss.
It's beautiful!

There are always
flowers to enjoy.

We return to Casa Bendana Flores at 9:45 am...... Here's the haul.


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