Bridges and waterfalls

Trip Start Jan 03, 2010
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Trip End Jan 28, 2010


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hotel el silencio del campo

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Guanacaste,
Monday, January 11, 2010

We woke up and had some breakfast at the hotel.  It was another drizzly day but we were determined to head out and check out the town - rain be dammed.

I gave Sheena my nice columbia rain coat and I got to use a "poncho" we picked up at the grocery store.  Not the poncho you might envision, it was more like yellow garbage bag with with head and arm holes.  Sheena was snug and dry, and I looked like a damn wet banana.  She kept requesting that I made duck noises cause she said I looked like a rubber ducky.  The little joys of married life....

Here is one thing about Costa Rica - there is pretty much nothing here.  Its all wilderness and jungle and sprawling hills.  Its beautiful but there is very little here to do.  Its mostly zip lining, bungee jumping, and 4-wheeling.  Like orange county but out-bred with less concrete.  

Its perfect for honeymooning because you are indoors mostly by 9 pm so the world can deal with the night.  If I were here with friends I'd probably be organizing night jungle parties or something.

When there is something, like, lets say A GIGANTIC ASS WATERFALL, the signs and directions are really terrible.  You wind up pulling into hotels, the rare gas station, or the senile couple playing in the weeds to ask for directions.

We headed over to La Fortuna waterfall in the drizzle and turned around 5 times before finding the place.  It was drizzling but we found multiple bigass waterfalls in the  jungle so that was nice.  The stairs going down were as irregular as 1/2 the population of florida.  I'm tall so its not a problem.  Sheena is vertically challenged and the steps were wet and wonky so she had a little squawking to do.

The falls dropped a long way and hit the pool at the base with pretty impressive force.  If I'm not lazy I'll try and post up a clip.  Here is a website if I do end up being lazy.
http://www.arenal.net/la-fortuna-waterfall-costa-rica.htm

After that we headed over to the hanging bridges of Arenal.  Again, a website in case I'm lazy.
http://www.hangingbridges.com

The bridges were fun.  We met a photography teacher from Texas who used our camera and took a thoroughly unimpressive photo of us.  I'm no photographer and don't claim to be.  I'm just saying....

As the walk went on we were a little bit waterlogged and being silly.  We wound up laughing our way through the second half of the hike.  Something about ghetto "Singin in the rain" and more general duck noises as we plunked along.

We eventually headed back toward the hotel and hoped to see some lava flow.  We could hardly see the volcano so nada lava....

We ran around a bit, grabbed some dinner, and eventually ended back up in our hot spring.  I would have never guessed that I do like Pina Coladas and sometimes its not so bad getting caught in the rain.

There was something nice about a cold rain but being in hot volcano fueled water.  It was relaxing.  The booze may have helped...

We eventually headed back to the cabin and called it a night.
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