This post is about chapter 5 in the book Walking With Wolf. The topic of this post is about the highways of America compared to Costa Rica.
Here in America we we have millions of cars, millions of roads, and thousands of highways. All of which most take for granted, but most countries that have none or very few of these think of them as a necessity. The reason most Americans take these things for granted is because almost everyone owns a car and grew up with one. Countries like Costa Rica that have just started getting more motorized vehicles and paved roads. Many roads in Costa Rica were impassible for vehicular traffic before they were paved, due to deep ruts from wagon wheels pulled by oxen or due to extremely deep muddy roads. In order for jeeps and other vehicles to get through, they had to dig and fill in holes and tire ruts. Now that there are some roads and highways are paved more vehicular traffic was coming to Costa Rica. Here in the United States of America, we have thousands of paved highways with millions of cars driving on them per year. In Costa Rica, there is one highway that is paved, The Pan American Highway. Here in the US we have smooth highways in almost all of the country, but in Costa Rica, the smoothest parts of the highway are like our bumpy, pothole infested roads. In Costa Rica, although driving at night is allowed, it is not recommended due to the bumps and potholes. The bumps and potholes are not the only reason it is not recommended, the other reasons are the sharp turns, and bad light that can lead to a crash.
My name is Josh and I am a student at the Robert J. Lister Academy. My mission in this class is to go to Monteverde, Costa Rica to study the native plant and wildlife. The reason I want to study those subjects is because I have always been interested in foreign countries and nature. I also want to study the geographical terrain for my future plans of joining the military when I am of age. We need to raise about $1,800 per person to be able to go. We have done alot of hard work already. This is not a vacation - this is a learning opportunity of a lifetime. We have a class we are taking and we will be studying topics like the economy, ecology, world affairs, etc. Another reason I want to go is because I have never left the country. This will change my life to be exposed to a new culture besides here in America. The reason it will be a life changing experience is because most people do not get the chance to leave the country, and I could be one of them. I also want to see what it is like in a country without a military, unlike America. In a place like America, everywhere you look there is some type of military image. I want to see how the people of Costa Rica live without a military. In Costa Rica, I will study hard, and make the best of the time spent there.