More fun in Arenal

Trip Start Aug 01, 2007
Trip End Oct 04, 2007

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

We started the day by cooking a yummy breakfast and going to see Felipe, who does guided horse rides for free . . you can give whatever tips you feel like, and believe me, after that experience, you definitely feel like giving a generous tip. He does it for free because he is taking care of several horses and they need to get exercise and practice being ridden.
We set out, just the three of us, across green pastures at the foot of the volcano. Felipe gave us some instructions at the beginning, and encouraged us along the way - his other job is as a riding instructor and he´s going to start doing animal-assisted therapy for kids soon.
After galloping across the fields, we headed up the hill along a narrow muddy trail until we got to a stream, which we crossed with the horses. That was a little bit exciting.
By the way, for almost the whole ride, Felipe was in the back and either Ido or I were leading, so we really had the feeling of doing it on our own. After the stream, we got to the road that leads up to the waterfall, and then we continued up past the waterfall to another place where we parked the horses. Continuing on foot, we walked through the stream and came to a beautiful place with another cool waterfall and a big, deep swimming place. We played in the water for a while and enjoyed floating with the current under the waterfall.
We had a nice chat with Felipe, and he also took some great pictures of us in the creek.
On the way back, we were more confident than on the way there, and we really had fun going fast across the pastures again. Ido, the natural cowboy that he is, even went to get Felipe´s horse for him after he wandered off when Felipe was taking some pictures of us on the horses.
All in all, the horseback riding trip was probably the most fun thing we´ve done so far.
Although now, three days later, we´re still feeling the pain in our legs!

The rest of the day we didn´t do much, just relaxed and played cards with some of the people at the hostel. They also helped us eat the food we cooked, which was way too much for just the two of us.

That night, we met with Ido´s cousin Yoshy and his wife Miriam, who just happened to be in Costa Rica on their honeymoon as well. Since it was Friday night and they are observerant Jews, they couldn´t go anywhere so we had to come to them, which turned out great since their hotel had a great view of the volcano. We sat on the balcony and talked, with a great view of the lava rocks flying off the mountain.

The next day, we started off on our way to Tortuguero, early in the morning. But that´s a different story. . 

Pics will be coming soon - as soon as we have a computer that likes our cameras.

Pura Vida

Phoenix and Ido
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