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Mar 29, 2014 - Day 5 In the "CLOUD FOREST"

After our Zip Line adventure we soaked in a natural hot springs pool. I’ve been to many of these in Montana but the thing distinctly unique about this one was its complete lack of any sulfur or other odor and its crystal clear water. Another 2 hours found us on our way to our next destination…….the “Cloud Forest”. It is easy to understand why Americans fall in love with Costa Rica and chose to retire here. Its constant year round climate of 85 to 70 degrees makes the use of any air conditioning or heating unnecessary. Another notable point...

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Mar 29, 2014 - Day 4 La Fortuna

This is a great group, 9 couples and two older women in their 90’s. By breakfast this morning we have all come to know one another. My Uncle is now “Uncle Bob” to the entire group. However, when someone offered me their chair so I could sit close to “my friend” I immediately corrected them and told them he was not my friend, he was my Uncle. One can choose their friends but they must do the best they can with what the good Lord sends them for an Uncle. Everyone laughed. Our first stop was the small town of La Fortuna for a...

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Mar 29, 2014 - Day 4 Zipline

Holy s*#-t….zipline. Nothing like I expected. I thought no big deal ….a little ride on a cable across a canyon. Little did I realize we would cover 1.8 miles and reach speeds up to 55 mph 700 to 800 feet above the ground. It started at the base station where we all were fitted up with the gear, received a short lesson on how to use it, a short safety talk and then had to sign a waiver of liability. That should have set off some kind of alarm but it didn’t. Boarded the tram up to the first “platform”. Short practice trip of only 100 or so...

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Feb 14, 2014 - Fortuna

Our hotel in Fortuna is just so fabulous! We are in individual units surrounded by lush landscaping everywhere. There is a spa, hot springs, and pool. The walk to the restaurant takes you by plants, birds, lakes. In the morning we drive to the town of Los Chiles in the Cano Negro Refuge to cruise the Rio Frio. Here we are able to see many birds, caimans, crocodiles, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, iguanas, lizards, etc. all are plentiful, some more photographable than others In the afternoon there is a trip to Baldi Hot Springs, but...

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Feb 12, 2014 - Poas Volcano

We began the day driving thru San Jose with all of the morning traffic. With that we were really not able to see or photograph much. We did see the statue of Juan Santamaria, a national hero, who was able to save the country in the 1850's. William Walker, a native of Tennessee, had overtaken Nicaragua and decided to do the same in Costa Rica. Men were asked to stop the take over and Juan Santamaria was one of many who stepped forward. It was decided that burning down the encampment was the best way and after one failure that resulted in a...

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Feb 10, 2014 - Hanging Bridges and the long trip to Guanacaste

We arose again to a lovely view of the Fortuna volcano out out front door. It is amazing to think we are staying at the base of a live volcano that last erupted in 1968.... Who knows when the next event will happen but we decided it was worth the risk. We took a short trip from our hotel to the nearby rainforest to experience hanging bridges. We had a choice of 3 different routes and intensities but the 6 of us were up for the full challenge and set out on the longest one that would take us about 1 3/4 hours to complete. We weren't quite...

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Feb 9, 2014 - Cano Negro cruise

After torrential rains most of the evening, we awoke to sun and a glorious view of the Arenal volcano. The soil here is very red due to the volcanic eruptions and it is great for growing bananas, plantains, oranges for juice, and sugar cane made mainly into brown sugar. This is a very unusual resort as there are duplex-type units that all face the volcano. Our rooms are very spacious but the unique feature is the bathroom. It is like an extension of the room with a corrugated roof that allows the rain to come in and water the plants that...

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Feb 7, 2014 - Volcanos, bus rides, and coffee

Today begins the Caravan Tours bus journey. Essentially for the next week we will be on the road traveling with a group of 44 fellow Costa Rican explorers. All of these explorers have in common an interest in seeing the natural flora and fauna that Costa Rico is noted. What we are learning is that traveling with 44 people of various ages, energy levels, degrees of mobility, appetites, and tolerances for others will be part of our Costa Rican experience. Tonight at dinner our turtle expedition group was beginning to compare notes on some of...

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Feb 26, 2013 - Last Day Lafontuna.

We had fun in this little town. Weather was great. Very hot. Just putted around the town getting cold drinks and listening to some live music. Watching the clouds form around the volcano is quite the show. Off to Samara at 8am after our free breafast. Nice Brad

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Feb 25, 2013 - Arenal

Just arived after a six hour bus ride in Lafotuna. Back were sore. Good news we got upgraded to the junior suit! Ya! The queen sized bed! And it faces the volcano. Great bed for our weary backs. Live festivals in town for two weeks so we get some live music free. Nice. What a change ion drivers attitude, very calm and polite in Lafontuna and pedestrians first. Puerto Viejo cars first and you look out for them!!! Just went out for dinner at a local soda paid $6 for fish , mashed potatoes ,tuna salad, rice , beans and a fried banana. Could...

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Jan 20, 2013 - Rain forest cafe

Had a nice breakfast at the Rain Forest Cafe It was supposed to have fabulous coffee but I liked the coffer we had at the restaurnat last night where they made in front of you. The meals have been really good. Lots of beans and rice. Roberta and Larry

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Jan 18, 2013 - La Fortuna

Hi Everyone, Not able to access internet for awhile but am borrowing a small computer for now. We have moved from Puerto Viejo to La Fortuna and it is similar to Banff. Very touristy with lots to do and many shops. Are both doing well. Off to waterfall rappell today then white water raft tomorrow. Raining today but still warm. Talk to you all again soon. Larry and Roberta

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