I wanted to see the Resplendent Quetzal bird, and I knew that it could be found in the Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica. I looked at the map of Costa Rica and saw that the nearest airport to Monteverde was in Liberia. I learned that the road to Santa Elena in Monteverde was bad and that an SUV would be needed. Just how bad the road was, I didn't know. Initially I followed a paved road, but when I started to drive at a higher elevation the paved road ended. The last 25 miles, I drove on a deeply rutted, gravel road with loose, sharp rocks. It was bad, and bad all the way. I made it! In Santa Elena, I met a bird quide and hiked with him in the Curi Cancha Reserve until we found the Resplendent Quetzal.