Rain, rain... go away

Trip Start Oct 23, 2006
Trip End Apr 15, 2009

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

We push off from the dock and set sails as we float out of this wet but very beautiful place. Yes, Eve is under the impression she is a boat and her awning is a sail. Our aim is to go for another look at or experience more sound effects from the misty Arenal Volcano. Considering the rainy season we don't really expect to see Arenal free of its cloud cover but no doubt we will experience a few interesting diversions on the way.
Our last visit involved camping in a field outside of the volcanos park where we could only hear the volcano. One peaceful morning a thunderous boom from the volcano caused me to throw my coffee into the air which according to Dom was far more fun to see than an old volcano.
We try to make the trip by memory but after a lengthy time of being totally rapt in the scenery we suddenly realize that we don't remember the road being this bad. One wrong turn landed us on the opposite side of the lake. If we really cared where we are going we would have asked someone or consulted the GPS. Fortuna is a good town to experience the volcano but not the only spot, anywhere in the vicinity offers views but not today. Monte Verde sounds interesting so this is our destination for the night. The road up into the cloud forest is rocky, rutted and pitted but worth it when we glimpse through the mist at the amazing view of the valleys below. Aptly named Monte Verde sits high in a cloud on a lush green slope.
We discover it to be very touristy away up here. No one in there right minds would drive up here but obviously they do. We did and a number of tour vans and off road vehicles mucked there way through puddles of mud. The road is narrow and buildings are jammed in close to the road leaving very few parking places.
We scan for likely places to stay without feeling hopeful. We have learned not to give up too soon. On the upper edge of town we spotted a sign to the nature reserve. A few kilometers up a winding road we approach the gates and drive through to a parking lot. We immediately feel comfortable in this forest haven. It is dark here but not so late. We step out into the eery misty bliss to find someone. Finally through the dim lights we spot someone standing beside a building who was probably wondering about us. We asked permission to park for the night and the nice guard pointed to a level spot.
Later in the evening a couple of groups of tourists arrived to do the guided night walk through the reserve. Clad in rubber boots and rain capes they go off into the mist with either a spanish speaking guide or an english speaking one.
We have had a long day and after a meal we crawl into our comfortable bed and sleep with the critters.

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