As Kathy and I were enjoying the in-seat entertainment on the last leg of our flight, we heard, “We are now beginning our descent to San José, Costa Rica.” Since I had the window seat this time, I immediately turned to take in the wondrous clouds living in the sky. The next thing I heard was, “Ladies and gentlemen, we are currently in a holding pattern. We cannot land due to a thunderstorm over San José.”
We had been circling in this pattern for twenty minutes before the pilot said something. I hadn’t even noticed. Clouds have always been mesmerizing for me. I had been whisked back to my childhood, where I used to lay on my porch in Detroit gazing at the sky. Usually, I was outside early on Saturday mornings before other kids came out to play. I loved watching each cloud’s different shape and size and how they seem to exist, at times, so lightly in the sky. San José has some of the most omnipresent clouds I’ve ever seen.
Costa Rica is known for its mountains. Since we’ve been here, I’ve learned that some clouds are formed partly due to mountains. When the winds reach the mountains, they can’t hold their water vapor as the slopes cause the air to rise. The vapor begins to condense then turn into water droplets and a cloud is formed. You will hear more about this process after our tour of a cloud forest.
The home we’re living in while we are here is in the mountains, and it feels like I’m living with the clouds. When we open the blinds, they are there staring back at us, and I’m able to relive my childhood pastime every day.
The next time you are traveling, relaxing, or just need a break, look up! Join the clouds, floating to anywhere you want to go.
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