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Jul 28, 2012 - Into hot water

Not far away as the crow flies is La Fortuna which shares views of the same volcano - so back onto the 30kms of dirt to a dam and a boat crossing followed by a hike up to the road - Fabian took pity on me and carried my bag - so I told Halli I would help her - when I picked up her bag it was so much lighter than mine that I 'sprinted' up the hill with it. Our most modern hotel yet very western but still extra for air conditioning. I think the only reason the town exists is to service tourists you used to be able to hike up the mountain and...

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Mar 14, 2012 - On our way home :(

March 13; We tossed around the idea of a mangrove tour or maybe take the bus to Uvita but in the end decided to just relax. It was so hot even I couldn't sit in the sun but think I managed to burn my shins anyway. Later in the afternoon we caught the bus to town, did a bit of walked around and went for dinner where I had one last pineapple smoothie without sugar. They love to add sugar to everything. I always get questioned when it's passion fruit or lemon but it's all better without sugar.

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Mar 5, 2012 - La Fortuna, haven for adrenalin junkies

March 3 continued; First stop was to drop off laundry then to a tour office to arrange what we'll be doing for the next three days. After being overwhelmed by all the choices we checked into our hotel and spent the next couple hours just relaxing by the pool. The 1.5 km walk into town was just enough to develop an appetite for dinner and the walk back helped wear it off. Sunday, March 4 I was up stupidly early so decided to wash yesterday's clothes in the bathroom sink and hang them out. We were at breakfast by 6:45 and no one else showed...

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Nov 28, 2011 - Waking up with High Expectations

The expectation: The mile-high Volc'an Arenal, Costa Rica's youngest and most active volcano, shook for 12 hours and blew it's top on July 29, 1968. "Since then, Arenal has been in a constant state of activity - thunderous, rumbling eruptions are sometimes as frequent as one per hour. These earthshaking events remind everyone what it really means to coexist with the world's third most active volcano. Night is the best time to view the action - rocks spewing skyward. Although everyone refers to "lava," "pyroclastic flow" a mix of...

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Nov 27, 2011 - Journey from Zarcero to Arenal Volcano

We drove on roads that again proved to be filled with crazy bus drivers, slow trucks, and lots of drizzle and rain. We stopped in La Fortuna for a little shopping and then headed to We stayed at he Arenal Observatory Lodge. We took a self-guided walk around the property which was really spectacular. We followed a 3 mile (or so) trail that took us to a water fall (down a precarious trail), a suspension bridge, farm houses and pastures, and ending with a trail of ants carrying what would eventually be a... not sure what they were building...

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Nov 27, 2011 - Our Drive to Arenal Valcano through Zarcero

Leave Atenas around 7:00, 90% of our roads were wet, narrow, and "barfic" (those prone to car sickness). We traveled through several towns including: - San Jose Norte - Zaragoza - Palmares - San Juanillo - Llano Bonita - Zarcero - Laguna - Tapezco - Zpote - Sucre - Florencia - Platanar - Then I'm not so sure (I think we got a little lost) - La Fortuna - Landing at the Observatory Lodge at the Arenal Volcano around 3:00 pm. Our stop in Zarcero was memorable. Looking like it was designed from Dr. Seuss (that is straight out of...

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Nov 26, 2011 - Back to Home Base - Atenas

Around 4:30, after hitting the local grocery store, we headed back to home base to make dinner for Harry and Roberta. The ladies, headed up by Lola herself made a barbeque and pineapple glazed chicken. Outstanding! Ice cream covered with a low-fat banana desert followed. The night was a hit. We all headed to bed with a challenge laid down bye

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Nov 25, 2011 - Moving into our Home Base

We landed around 3:30 pm and made our way to the car rental agency. It took us nearly 1 1/2 hours to get our rental car and we only had one other couple ahead of us. We were worried our plane would depart to take us home before we could even get our rental car. We quickly learned that a business without computers (or the failure to use them) mixed with workers who prefer pen and paper, it was important that we adjust our pace of living. With rental cars secured, in rush hour, in a down pour, we headed to our Home Base in Atenas. The back...

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Oct 3, 2011 - Rafting on the Rio Toro

Hi all, We´ll keep this one short and let the photos speak for themselves!!! Today was our last day in La Fortuna, so we hit two birds with one stone by whitewater rafting part of the way to San Jose :) 3 hours of Class 111 & IV rapids on the Rio Toro...epic!!!! It was so much fun, and only one raft flipped over (NOT OURS! Though we got to rescue a German who fell out of one of the other boats). There were 18 of us all together, including guides, between 4 rafts, and 2 kayaks for photos and rescue. By the end we were soaking wet, somewhat...

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Aug 30, 2011 - ju paardje, ju

ai ai, j´ai un peu de retard dans mes rapports ... alors ou en etais-je ... avant hier nous ommes donc partis de la fortuna vers monteverde, il y avait 2 options pourle voyage: bus, bateau, bus ou bus, une peu de bateau, a cheval, et un peu de bus... comme vous l´avez devinez j´ai choisi de faire une partie du trajet a cheval. Dábord un bus nous a ammene au lac Arenal, cést un lac artificiel au pied du volcan Arenal ... magnifique le paysage verdoyant avec ce volcan aride en plein milieu ... il est toujours actif mais ca fait 6 mois qu´il...

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Aug 29, 2011 - waterfall rapelling & canyoneering

et voila encore une super activité de plus sur mon palmarès ... aujourd'hui je suis aller faire du canyoning et rappel dans des chutes d'eau... c'était extra et moi, même pas peur, j'ai vraiment adorée ... on est rentrées vers 14h30, je viens de m'inscrire pour une randonnée a cheval pour demain et maintenant je vais un peu me balader en ville puis me reposer a la piscine de l'hôtel... ce soir on va chez une petite dame qui nous apprendra a faire de tortillas, on cuisinera donc notre propre repas. Je pense que ça sera sympa, je vous...

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Aug 28, 2011 - rafting!

aujourd'hui journee rafting... spannend! a 7h15 j'avais fait rendez-vous avec Alina et Steffi (mes nouvelles copines ;-)) pour aller prendre un petit dejeuner et a 8h30 on est venu nous chercher pour partir vers la riviere Rio Toro. Arrivee la on nous a equipe de casques, verstes et paguaies, en vitesse quelqus instructions de securites et surtout on nous apprends toutes les 'comands' genre foreward, backward, backward right pour tourner a gauche ou l'onverse et tres important 'oh shit' ca veut dire qu'on doit tous se mettre a l'interieur...

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