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Tourist visit nature or natural wonders, this portal area is devoted to explaining nature. This is natural as opposed to man made.

Bats as Tourist Attraction

This is an excellent video of bats the size of small rats for members to see.


Tourist visit nature or natural wonders, this portal area is devoted to explaining nature. This is natural as opposed to man made.

Nature Defined: Nature, in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the natural world, physical world, or material world. "Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic.

The word nature is derived from the Latin word natura, or "essential qualities, innate disposition", and in ancient times, literally meant "birth". Natura was a Latin translation of the Greek word physis (φýσις), which originally related to the intrinsic characteristics that plants, animals, and other features of the world develop of their own accord. The concept of nature as a whole, the physical universe, is one of several expansions of the original notion; it began with certain core applications of the word φýσις by pre-Socratic philosophers, and has steadily gained currency ever since. This usage was confirmed during the advent of modern scientific method in the last several centuries.

Within the various uses of the word today, "nature" may refer to the general realm of various types of living plants and animals, and in some cases to the processes associated with inanimate objects–the way that particular types of things exist and change of their own accord, such as the weather and geology of the Earth, and the matter and energy of which all these things are composed. It is often taken to mean the "natural environment" or wilderness–wild animals, rocks, forest, beaches, and in general those things that have not been substantially altered by human intervention, or which persist despite human intervention. For, example, manufactured objects and human interaction generally are not considered part of nature, unless qualified as, for example, "human nature" or "the whole of nature". This more traditional concept of natural things which can still be found today implies a distinction between the natural and the artificial, with the artificial being understood as that which has been brought into being by a human consciousness or a human mind. Depending on the particular context, the term "natural" might also be distinguished from the unnatural, the supernatural, or what is man-made (man-made).



A 90 minute chicken bus ride from Esteli, Nicaragua lies Miraflor. The clay rural road rose in vertical curve gradations to 1450 meters from 844m, (4757' from 2770') gaining nearly 2000 feet in 28 longitudinal miles.

In a modern vehicle, not a big deal. In a worn out diesel school bus bought at auction from the USA, each hilltop is a grinding first gear, are we going to make it, boogy. Nobody seemed to wonder, except me. 

The bus radio played a Cat Stevens hit at one point. I marveled at the irony, 46 years and 3,000 miles from when first heard, while today I was the only person there who understood the lyrics.

In a quickened speed downhill slope, the rattling school bus windows that weren't open, dropped open at once. It was a blast. The riders were rural people headed to San Sebastian de Yali or fincas in between. Everyone was friendly, nobody asked me anything. I was simply accepted. I like being invisible in Latin America.

I left Esteli at 6:00 AM with a guide. Without him, I would still be in the woods, hopelessly lost. Miraflor is 216 square kilometers. We walked nonstop from 7:30 AM until 1:30PM, up and down, up and down, through a cloud forest to a pine oak forest.

It rained solid for the first three hours, then quit. I was full of mud without any rain gear other than a bandana. It was a gardener's delight. My guide Mario knew the English/Spanish/Latin names of practically every plant.  

The bus ride home was even more fun. Young children hung onto the opened windows staring out. The driver blasted his air horn at lazy cattle in the road. The helper intermittently loaded bundles of firewood, buckets of tomatoes, and burlap bags filled with God knows what onto the roof. Yes, caged live poultry was hoisted to the roof racks.

The bus helper rode atop the bus after the goods were lifted up, stacking, rearranging, then calmly swinging down into the front or opening the rear door. He would have been immediately fired in the USA for riding atop moving equipment.

At one point we had a cornfield meet with another bus. We backed up for a distance until the helper determined that we had two bus clearance. The drivers fold their mirrors in as we slowly passed each other inches from trading paint. The kids hung onto the windows waving at the other bus kids, face to face.

"Oh, I know we've come a long way,We're changing day to day,But tell me, where do the children play."


"My Lady d'Arbanville"? ...what got into his head to change his name to "Yusu Islam"? it was a long time ago, that religionwasn't as "fashionable back then (like Cassius Clay who changed his name to Mahamed Ali)

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