Day 15

July 30, 2017

Hola, a todos!

Today was another great day. We woke up and went to breakfast–another all-you-can-eat-buffet :). We then checked out the crocodiles, turtles, and ant farm (which was insane–zoom in on the fourth pic on the branch near the ceiling) at the hotel:

Then started off to hike up to the look out point for the Arenal Volcano! We started out our hike as a group of 11 for the 2 kilometer hike. The hike up was beautiful but halfway up it became apparent that we weren’t going to get a good view of the volcano from the lookout point, so about half of the group decided to chill at the gazebo and admire the view from there. The other six of us were off and in it for the long-haul!

Along our hike we got distracted by this creepy path that looked exactly like something out of every horror movie I have ever seen, so naturally we took it.

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Along the way we discussed who would be the first to die in our horror movie scenario, but thankfully we all made it out alive! The muddy, dark, eerie path brought us down to a beautiful lake and some abandoned buildings that had been completely taken over by the jungle.

While exploring what appeared to be some old cabin-like-things Sandeep had come up off of the trail to join us and started talking to Vanessa, without her knowing he had come up behind her. Needless to say she screamed–which is the only logical reaction being that we were off the beaten path, at the base of a volcano, in the middle of the jungle, exploring creepy abandoned and overgrown buildings. Also needless to say, it was the funniest thing ever.

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We continued our adventure but then headed back up to the actual trail for the observation point. Emma, Heidi, and Vanessa decided to head back to enjoy some pool time, but the adventure bug had bitten me, Ash, and Sandeep–so onward we went! We eventually made it up to the lookout point and ran into Teresa and Isis who had taken a horseback tour of the trail!

The view was incredible, even though we couldn’t see the top of the mountain. We enjoyed looking around for awhile and then were set to leave when Ash discovered something strange on the wall and on a window of the structure that had been built to sit and look at the volcano:

I was almost positive we had discovered aliens in Costa Rica, but it turned out to be eggs of the Red-Eyed Tree Frog–thank you everyone who told me the truth for crushing my science-fiction-laced dreams.

Once we made it down the volcano Ash and I hit up the pool to cool off and then checked out the lagoon at the hotel where we had an incredible view of the volcano when the clouds finally cleared enough to see the top!

When we were about to finally be able to see the top (the clouds were about to clear it any second) the directors started calling us telling us it was time to go but I stayed on top of the bridge for awhile just waiting–I’d rather take a little heat than miss out on this incredible view.

When I finally gave in and headed back to the bus we headed off for a great lunch complete with a fruit smoothie and ice cream afterwards.

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The bus ride back wasn’t too awful until we got pretty close to Heredia. Once we were close it of course started pouring, traffic was terrible and the streets were flooding (yay rainy season!) but we eventually made it home safe and sound.

It was an incredible weekend and I can’t wait to see what this week will bring!
Pura Vida
-Shea

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