‘Travel | Arenal’ Posts

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out: parque central de la fortuna

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

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See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
out: parque central de la fortuna, costa rica

sparklet:

1y 1m 25d

out: butterfly conservatory

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

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See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
out: butterfly conservatory, el castillo, costa rica

sparklet:

1y 1m 25d

“prepare to feel the wrath of my pool noodle!”

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

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the blue ninja, weilding her terrible pool noodle, with her fearsome companion “el pato” at her side.
See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
“prepare to feel the wrath of my pool noodle!”

sparklet:

1y 1m 24d

hike: parque nacional volcon arenal, costa rica

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

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we are lucky people.

putting aside the fact that we can afford to come to costa rica, that we both work with such awesome people that we can just dissappear for 10 days during the run up to year end, and that we have a (mostly) happy, healthy and charming little girl …

… during the roughly 108 hours that we’ve been in Arenal, we’ve been able to see the very top of the volcano for exactly six hours — and three of those hours happend to be when we were hiking around the base of the volcano.

i don’t want to run the statistical odd of this ever happening again, but i do feel like i should buy a lottery ticket.

the main hike in the parque is about 2km from the primary parking lot to a (now fully cooled) lava flow from the 1993 eruption, which goes through a whole series of overlooks of both the volcano and the lake beneath.

we knew nothing about how strenuous the hike was, but started feeling good when we saw two Russian grandmothers hobbling off the mountain as we made our way to the trail head.

sparklet was a happy (and well fed) camper in throughout — and even hiked a bit herself on the way back.

she’s a good egg.

See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
hike: parque nacional volcon arenal, costa rica

sparklet:

1y 1m 24d

found: puddles

Monday, 6 December 2010

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sparklet:

1y 1m 23d

firsts: drinking straw

Monday, 6 December 2010

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first drinking straw, with a blackberry smoothie at la choza del laurel, la fortuna, costa rica.

sparklet:

1y 1m 23d

rain day

Monday, 6 December 2010

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the weather channel says it’s not raining outside right now, but i’m afraid that it is. accuweather says it’s rained this morning, but would stop before breakfast, but i’m afraid it hasn’t.

the costa rican weather service says it’s going to rain, but gives out it’s forcasts by thirds of the country — which is a bit like saying that it’s going to rain somewhere between michigan and maine today.

all of this appears to have made the costa ricans into weather philosophers. when we asked for the weather outlook, the nice young lady at the front desk said:

it looks rainy today, but it was beautiful yesterday. it could be beautiful tomorrow, too. who can say?

awesome.

See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
rain day, arenal, costa rica

lessons learned

Sunday, 5 December 2010

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with great power comes great responsibility, and sparklet’s new found power of walking are starting to have great impacts — to her cranium.

in the last twenty four hours, she has walked into two walls, collided into both the bed and the crib at full ramming speed, and fallen over about a dozen times.

this afternoon, she did a full double gainer into the pool and then tried to breathe underwater — neither of which turned out well.

(i’d give the flip a 4.2, but there was a discernable splash when she entered the water…)

in semi-related news, she invented a new game today — called “toss mommy’s shoes into the pool.” she clearly thought it was the best game ever. so did mommmy.

so did i — until she started to reach for my stuff.

See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
swimming, lost iguana resort, costa rica

sparklet:

1y 1m 22d

travel: arenal, costa rica

Saturday, 4 December 2010

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holy crap, we’re in costa rica.

i don’t think the lady sparkler or i really thought we were leaving the country until we landed in costa rica, looked around and saw a whole bunch of costa ricans.

even then, only the temperature — 80 degrees, sunny — made me think that we weren’t just in some undiscovered part of our neighborhood in d.c.

sparklet’s been quite the trooper during our day of travel. a three hour flight to miami, a two hour layover, a three hour flight to costa rica, and then a three hour car ride to arenal — all without anything approximating a meltdown.

we rented a big honking land-rover-type monstrosity, which i was thinking was a comical level of overkill on the part of my beautiful wife, untill we drove through half a dozen landslides in the last 20 km to the hotel.

See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
travel: arenal, costa rica

sparklet:

1y 1m 21d