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Our first Wet Bar experience!! Arenal Manoa
Our honeymoon adventure learning about a new country and learning about each other!
Our journey together begins: Sunrise & Sunset
2:30am: It's been two days since our wedding, and now for a full day of travel. Our flight leaves Spokane at 6:15am and we arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica at 9:30pm. What a journey it's going to be!!
By 4:30 am, we made it through security and waited for our flight. We both sat and watched the sun rise over the Spokane Mountains into a soft …
Cafe, Hydrangeas, Volcan, Fresas, y Alajuela
7:30am: We are leaving for our first tour in Costa Rica!!!! We are prepared for rain with our ponchos in hopes of keeping the rain away!
Just as a little side note! The fruit and juice here is amazing. For breakfast we had a small fruit plate and the pineapple is the most juicy and flavorful pineapple you will ever taste in your life as well …
Day 1 of Rafting the Pacuare River: AAAAHHHHH!!!
6:25am Pickup for a 2 day whitewater rafting extravaganza!!!
We both were looking forward to this part of the adventure! We were grouped with 3 other people! Two that were on the same Adventure Life tour as us! They became our family for the next two days as we risked our life and limbs on the waters of the Pacuare river! Our guide Raynaldo …
Day 2 of Rafting the Pacuare River: WOOOHOOO!!!!!
Oh the pain! Muscles aching and the most exciting and endurance ridden part of the river is ahead of us! Luckily, we had the morning to relax and explore a little more of the lodge.
After breakfast, we went on a short hike to a small, gorgeous waterfall. We saw yellow, green, orange, and blue butterflies. We had to be sure to watch for snakes …
Ziplining near the base of Arenal & Bartering in Spanish!!!
Today we awoke (literally, the second we opened our eyes) to a picturesque view. Our bed faces directly to Arenal. The sky was crystal clear backing the brown and green volcano wonderfully. Arenal erupted once at breakfast, and then we were off to zipline with Sky Adventures.
We got our gear which was much more padded and professional looking …
Arenal Manoa Farm & Hiking in Arenal National Park
Today we had a free morning so after breakfast we decided to go to a small farm that is owned by the Arenal Manoa. They use the milk, eggs, fruit, and vegetables that they get from the farm in their restaurant. We thought it would be a self-guided tour because it was free, but to our surprise we had a guide from a local company named Pablo (he …
Final moments with Arenal and then Back to San Jose
We were able to see the sun come up due to being awakened suddenly by an eruption. Arenal is the perfect coloration for a sun rise. It's light brown tone picks up the color of the sky beautifully. For a moment it was a soft pink color and then switched to a vibrant orange. It erupted again at 6:30 am, and from around 9am until we left, it …
Realizations that we are headed home
Our travel day was long and tiring, but we had some fun thinking back about how we felt about being back in the US and the differences that we were trying to get back in the groove on!
Some interesting things about being back in the US are:
1. Wanting to throw away your toilet paper, realizing there is no basket, and then realizing you're back …
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