Monday, July 03, 2006

Arenal Volcano

Over the weekend, Katherine and I celebrated our seventh anniversary (which is actually in about 6 weeks) at the Arenal Volcano. We stayed at Los Lagos. The hotel is at the base of the volcano and has water heated thereby. They have a large pool of hot water (92 degrees). Think of a hot tub, but the size of a pool. On one side of the pool, there are cement/tile barstools in the water, and we sat there at the bar for tropical drinks. Very cool.

We rode in a microbus 4 hours to the volcano. The distance is not great, but the roads are small with many curves in the mountains. The top of this active volcano was cloudy the whole time, but we could hear it well. Also, very cool.

Saturday night, we took a night tour through a rainforest nearby. This was my first time in a rainforest. We saw an Eyelash Viper (second most poisenous in the forest), a Coral Snake, many toads, a Kinkajou, two taratulas, a frog, many lizards, army ants, leaf-cutter ants (and a humongous ant hill). We crossed many hanging bridges, but we didn´t really see them until the next morning when we returned for another 3 hours in the rainforest, but this time in the daylight. The sounds were totally different, we saw a bunch more lizards, and many birds. We were a bit disapointed with the lack of monkeys, but that´s ok. The fauna was also terrific. It was a great experience.

At a park, on the way
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The vocano
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One of the waterfalls
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The viper
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Our only picture of the kinkajou
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Blogger RKS said...

I want to go to Spanish School! Okay, I really just want to go see the rainforest. Thanks for the post/pics!

8:22 AM  
Blogger W Sofield said...

The rainforest is really cool. I´m not sure what else we´re going to do on the weekends, but more rainforests is high on my list.

2:48 PM  
Blogger nickg said...

I imagine you weren't at the right kind of volcano, but did I ever tell you one of my lifelong obsessions/fantasies?

I want to take a bag full of objects (a mixture of things: sticks, tall lamps, chains, bicycles, tennis rackets, etc.,) to one of those slow-flowing rivers of lava and dip said objects into the lava so they are melted/incinerated as they touch the molten rock.

Keep updating us and posting pictures.

5:00 PM  
Blogger W Sofield said...

Those lava flows were protected quite well, but now that you put that image in my head, that sounds like a great idea.

2:46 PM  
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