Feb 2, 2011
Arenal is beautifully covered with the clouds! It's suppose to be an active vulcano but the current weather conditions aren't allow it to show off it's glory! We got up, Staying in Hotel Jireh.... (told ya I'd update it) We had breakfast, fuitjuice, scrambled eggs, and some sort of bean and rice concoction.
The coffee is pretty good too!
We drove to "Dos Lagos" hotel where we were introduced to the zipline instructors. 12 lines through the jungle. And just to add to the effect it started to pour!!!!! Right hand on the cable, left hand on the pulley and off you go! The instuctors are pretty good at what they do. Joking around, asking me if I wanted to hang upside down.... yeah right! He was clucking like a chicken when I went down the line traditional way, while Mr. Roque... hung upside down all the way down one of the longest lines! He's nuts, but we all knew that already!
I have to say it was flipping amazing! We seen a few monkeys too!
We were able to enjoy the hot springs while we were there too. Afterwards Mr. Roque didn't want to wait for the transport bus back so we walked... probably 4-5 miles back to the hotel. Oh and I had my bathingsuit on, wet of course.... under my clothes. PURA VIDA!!!!!
We just finished lunch.... I had a taco with coleslaw and fries.... Mr. Roque a hamburger and fries.
THe hotel owners are really sweet people, they live here with their daughter who just came back from kindergarten. Cutest lil' thing that asked Hector if he wanted to draw on the wall because she can't she'll get in trouble ... HAHA
I'll update this when we're in Monteverde...
We took the Jeep-boat-jeep tour to Lake Arenal, which was more like a minivan-pongo-minivan trip. The road to the watertaxt area was paved and smooth. We arrived at the water taxi and it took about 20 people to the otherside of the lake, Monteverde. A couple of interesting people to say the least and I'm glad that it was only about a 30 minute trip. The annoying "men" luckily went to a different area in a different minivan!
We packed 6 people in a minivan and we drove along a so called "road". I'd like to say it was a dirt road but there were more rocks and boulders then dirt! The rocky drive took us to Monteverde in 2 hours or so and by that time we were glad to get out! We arrived in front of the "Toucan" which is a "hotel" with rooms that have a common bathroom. Neither one of us were too keen on that so I decided to call Mr. Tandy who'm I made contact with via e-mail. He suggested we'd take a taxi to his place which would take about 15 minutes. Mr. Mills Tandy is a retired biologist that turned photography into more then a hobby. He met us at the gate of "Finca Colibri" along with his friend "Shaggy". We were surprised and very NOT prepaired for the next...... It's in the middle of the rain forrest, so of course it started to rain, very windy also! He lead us to our "room" when again, we were very surprised, it was a pretty much self contained cabin! One room, bed, kitchen and table overlooking the forrest. The bathroom,toilet and wash area was seperate. It started to turn dark and I mean dark! With the assistance of a flashlight Mr. Tandy walked back to his home where he was going to see about a restaurant that would be open still. He called us a few minutes later and we invited him to dinner with us. He picked us up and we walked about 500 meters to the lodge/restaurant and had a great dinner along with some great conversation. We walked back after a couple of hours or so and pretty much fell right asleep. Mr. Tandy invited us to come down for coffee in the morning around 6 am.
During the night it got very windy and noisy. We were defenately in the forrest, lots of noises and I'm not sure what dropped on the rooftop during the night but it woke me up a couple of times. Mr. Roque slept right through it all while I laid awake wondering what was going on out there....
When we woke up in the morning it just started to get light out. Hector took a shower and I contemplated the same but decided to pass. Mr. Tandy's lights came on so we walked down to take him up on his cup of coffee. He offered us some breakfast of which I took him up on a banana and enjoyed a pretty good cup of coffee!
We talked for a while, he called us a taxi that would pick us up right at the gate at 7:30am.
We had about an hour to kill so he suggested a walk up to the hummingbird conservatory. We walked up, and of course it started to rain so after a few minutes we decided to walk back since we were not prepared to walk in the rain. At the house we said our goodbye's to another great friend and his best friend.....