Wende and Sarah Meet the Volcano

Trip Start Jan 09, 2007
Trip End Jan 17, 2007

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Friday, January 12, 2007

We wake and have breakfast at the eco-lodge.  They serve eggs with onion, "gallo pinto" which translates into rooster beans but in actuality is traditional Costa Rican breakfast food of rice and beans.  Also included is watermelon, pineapple, some unidentifiable fruit, white toast and fried sweet plantain.

Miguel takes us to the Arenal Volcano Hike.  We are not sure how this didnīt translate yesterday when we mentioned climbing the volcano.  Perhaps he thought we meant to the summit.  We may at times lack common sense, but we are not entirely stupid.

He drops us off with a map, juice, and cookies, and instructs us to meet him three hours later on the other side of the rain forest.  The sun comes out and the clouds around the volcano clear a bit blessing us with relatively good views of the lava flows.  We have yet to see the top.  At times, though there are no clouds directly above us it is raining.  Rain falling from a blue sky is odd.

We take random foliage pictures and some of each other.  Toward the end we see some white-faced monkeys.  I manage to get a pic or two (they donīt like to pose) before they scamper off into the trees.

We come out of the rain forest somehow on private property.  The Costa Rican government doesnīt have enough money to buy all the land around the volcano, so only 25% of it is protected.  The rest is private property.  Once we are able to find our way to the correct rendezī vous we meet up with Miguel (so bloody helpful) who took us back around to the green side.  We stopped abruptly in a parking lot as the summit was momentarily clear so we could take pictures.  Miguel disappeared and returned with binoculars.  Heīd also checked on the cost of lunch where we stopped, decided it was too expensive and that he would take us elsewhere.

After, we took a jeep to catch a boat across Arenal Lake to another jeep which 4 wheeled us into Santa Elena (About a mile from Monteverde).  There are so few paved roads in this area that it takes forever to get anywhere.  An hour got us 10 miles at most.

We check into the hotel (Jeep-boat-jeep has door to door service). Itīs incredibly windy tonight in the Monteverde area. The temperature is cooler than other places weīve been thus far this voyage and the wind makes it a bit colder. We change into longs sleeves and leave to find food.  Camerones ajillo con arroz y coca lite.  mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I miss sushi.

Back at the hotel I attempt a shower.  Attempt being the key word here.  The trickle from the shower head is virtually non-existent.  There is a bathtub spigot, but no tub.  Itīs a stall shower, so I squat and wash.  Oh joy.  To add insult to injury, the hot water lasts about 3 but no more than 5 min. Fun in Central America!  At least we chose January instead of July this time for a rain forest trip!

Apparently getting out of Monteverde is quite a hassle.  Wende had been studying the map and the bus schedule for at least an hour and we are not sure still HOW to get to our next destination.  What an adventure!
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