Costa Rica Day 7 – Traveling Home

Our final day in paradise.  This was our latest start day.  We got ready, packed up our room and car and headed to breakfast.

See it was 8:40 and we were still at breakfast.

We wondered around our hotel one last time before it was time to head out;

and found a giant fish,

a cute pond by the pool,

some zip-liners,

beautiful flowers (how often we stop to enjoy this type of beauty in our day to day life?),

a volcano in the pool,

and us.  Yes, it’s hard to take a good picture of yourselves without help.

Then we headed back to San Jose to catch our flight.  And for the sadest part of our trip

goodbye little BeGo!  You are missed…sort of.

Costa Rica Day 6 – Arenal

This was a very busy day in La Fortunal.  Really this was our one and only day there, so we had a lot to accomplish in a little time.

The beautiful view of Arenal Volcano from our hotel room, I believe, but this may have been from breakfast.

This morning we decided that it was time to zip-line!  I was very excited/very nervous at the same time.  I’ve very intrigued by heights yet very scared of them at the same time.  Yes, yes I’m weird like that.

Here’s were we met up to start our zip-lining tour, pretty sweet, right?

We had this lovely, small group that we went with.  It was great, because we were able to do things very quickly and we almost had a guide per person, which was pretty cool because people got to do this like…

As mentioned before I’m not that daring with heights, so I opted not to “superman,” but if I zip-lined again I may consider it.  I’m not always very trusting of man made structures and heights (just think the W Hotel had windows falling out and that’s a fancy, expensive place, just saying).

And here’s me with a scared look on my face, HAHA!  I “braked” more than I should usually.  I just wanted a good arm workout, what can I say. 🙂

We did it!  That was a successful adventure.  It was pretty amazing to get to see the rainforest from above like that.  Kind of a different perspective on God’s creation.

AHH!  They let a gator into our hotel.  This hotel was great for us, because we had such a short time there and EVERYTHING was at our hotel (the zip-lining, animals, butterfly gardens, gardens, hot springs, the Arenal Volcano).  If we had more time we totally would have done it a little differently, but it worked out very well for us this time.

We hung out with the butterflies for a while.  Yes, yes, I have no make-up on, don’t judge.

The butterflies look so plain, even moth like, until they open their wings.  The inside is such a brillant blue.

“The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah”….When you left the butterfly gardens there was an ant farm.  The ants would get around the building by walking across this giant stick; at one end was their food and a mote and the other was the ant farm.

After spending the morning around our hotel we headed out.

We hiked to La Fortuna Falls.  It was very pretty, but not as spectacular as I had hoped for.  I think I just psyched myself up from all of the hype.  I should really only wait to make my own opinion and then be mesmerized.

I think I was more intrigued by the surrounding water than the falls themselves.  What can I say I walk to the beat of my own drum (see I just used that cliche).

We had lunch in La Fortuna and walked around the town.  Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of La Fortuna itself.  It was a very cute little town that revolved around a town square.  It was kind of fun, because it rained a little during lunch and stopped about when we were ready to leave.

We went back to our hotel and drove up to the top of the volcano drive (as I said we only had a day, so we didn’t have time to hike up).  And yes, that’s smoke at the top of it!!!  Way cool!!  I really wanted to hike up Arenal and get to lava, but we didn’t have time.  Maybe next time.

Right between our viewing area and the volcano there was this beautiful lake.  Look at the cool tiki hut down there.

There was this neat little “theater” seating that faced the volcano.  I really wish it was erupting at the time so we could have hung out here some more.  Then we were off to the Hanging Bridges.

Here’s me hanging out on the hanging bridges.  This was not quite as impressive as I had hoped for.  Once again I gotta work on my expectations.  There just were not as many hanging bridges as I had thought.  Most of them were like this, just bridges laid down 😦

There was a spiffy tunnel that we came to twice.  The signs were not marked very well and there were two different paths, both lead back to the tunnel.

We did find this cute little waterfall while we went through the tunnel one of the times though.

Here’s my sweet honey walking across a hanging bridge.  I kind of ran across them fairly quickly when they started to sway too much for me.  As I said I don’t always trust man made structures.

The bridges did give you such a beautiful view of the land.  I really do enjoy nature and just staring at it.

When we left here we drove around the area some more and found some pretty interesting places and an AMAZING zip-line place.  Next time.  We went to dinner in La Fortuna hoping for some better food than our hotel.  It still wasn’t as tasty as Miguel’s cooking, but not bad.  There was a FABULOUS chocolate place on the square though.  We learned of this place thanks to Tom and Sarah.  It was delicious!  I would totally go back just for their chocolate!

Costa Rica Day 5 – Travel to Arenal

Well…I thought this posted months ago and it didn’t…So here goes.

Once again we were up bright and early.  There was a theme on this tip and even David went along with it (those of you who know him know this is impressive, especially on a vacation).

One last beautiful sunrise from our little piece of paradise.

Good-bye little bungalo!

Yes, yes, I am that crazy.  I say goodbye to place and things and sometimes people :-O

Here’s us as we are about to pile into our “taxi” to head to the “dock” (which is really just the beach) to head back to the main lands.  This is us with Tom and Sarah and our Netherlands friends.

Our beautiful bed and breakfast (yes we had to “hike” those paths to get in and out of the hotel.

The wonderful owner, Miguel, telling us all goodbye.  He made the most amazing food!  I wish I was as good of a cook as he is.

Here’s the view from the boat as we were heading back to Sierpe on our ocean-liner.  They’re all about safety first in Costa Rica.  When we got off of the boat in Sierpe an aligator turned over right next to the boat….Very reassuring.  I guess that’s what you get when you live in nature.  And with that we were headed off to San Jose.

In-between Sierpe and Manuel Antonio we were stopped by police.  This was a little concerning to us, especially since we all have traveled between Texas and Mexico many times and are a little weary of being stopped by police in a foreign country, just a little scary.  They were simply wanted to warn us of people breaking into cars.  It was rather comforting that they would take the time to do this.

We stopped off in Manuel Antonio to see the beaches and have lunch.  David was mesmerize.

I was thoroughly excited because we received a text message here from my brother that said “we’re pregnant!”  This will forever be the place I learned I get to me an aunt!!!  I think I’m more excited (at this stage in life) about getting to be an aunt than I would be if I was going to be a mom.  I think being an aunt is one of the most wonderful things ever.  I get to play and have virtually no real responsibility 🙂

We ate at this cool airplane restaurant.  Yes, it had a real airplane in the middle of it.

At lunch there was also a sloth.  Kinda cute ain’t he?

At lunch we found the source of the stench.  Yes, there was this nasty stench that we kept smelling in the car and could not figure it out.  Well…it was Sarah’s shoes.  No, she does not have stinky feet.  The water made her Chaco’s smell funky!

Then we were off on the road again.  We made it into San Jose and dropped off Tom and Sarah (they were flying back home the following morning) and continued on our way to Arenal.

Our trip to Arenal was a little…scary.  It was getting darker by the minute (at 5:00 at night, in the summer) and starting to rain.  The roads in Costa Rica are not labeled near as well as in the United States, like if you miss a sign you miss the sign and have no idea where you are.

Here’s a lovely video (please don’t hate on it, I didn’t edit it, so I kind of repeat myself and say ummm…a lot).

Driving to Arenal

Needless to say we made it safely to our hotel….

and our giant room.  David booked us a room with a volcano room and a nice patio…

and a leaky airconditioner.  Oh yes, an airconditioner!

Dinner at the hotel, it looked great, but did not compare to Miguel’s cooking AT ALL 😦

We walked around a little and tried to go into the hot springs, but alas our sunburns kept us from really enjoying them.  We did enjoy the “cool” ones though.