Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Arenal Costa Rica Day's 1& 2

I'm so sorry for my slacking off on my trip. Things were a little crazy when I got home. Turns out when you spend 10 days away from home, there is a lot of shit to do when you get back:(

I arrived later then expected in Arenal due to my 3 hour delay in Miami. I basically checked into my hotel, which are actually cute Villas, and collapsed for the night since I was to do my Zipline tour in the AM:)

February 4:

Woke up early so I could eat breakfast and check out the grounds.

Villa de Travel Girl

Hotel grounds.

I ate breakfast and my transportation arrive to take me on the Canopy tour (Zipline).
Saw an entire family of raccoons crossing the road. My driver pulled over so I could take a shot.

This was the only time I saw the volcano. Did I mention it rained the ENTIRE 4 days I was in Arenal? And I'm not talking a little rain. Nope. I'm talking Monsoon rain.

Arrived for my Zipline and was quickly befriended by a couple, Joe and Mary, and later would join them for dinner.

Gearing up:

There was about 13 in our group. They load us in a tram and took us to the top of the canopy. It was really raining so I only took a few shots.

They explain the lines and position you should hold while zipping 250 feet above the Forrest. We got to practice on 2 small lines. I felt good and was pumped to go.

Once you go across this line, there is no turning back. The group leader asked if anyone wanted a taxi. This means, did anyone want one of the guides to ride with them?

One woman quickly shouted "Yes!"

I was thinking to myself, what a wimp. That is, until I watched her zip across.

She looked soooo tiny going across that line. Panic struck, and I suddenly, I NEEDED a taxi.

Turned out to be the best move. It was raining so hard and the wind had started to pick up. Position is so important so you do not spin out of control or stop in the middle of the line. Going across on your own, the rain pounded your face and you had to keep your eyes closed. The only experience the was thrill of the ride, no scenery.

But, with my taxi, I saw everything! He tuned me to the side so I could view the Forrest. AWESOME!!!!

Great fun.
After the canopy, Joe and Mary offer to pick me up at my hotel for dinner. I went back to my hotel and had a disappointing mud massage and read a book until dinner time.

I met more people this trip then any other trip. Joe and Mary are from Maine. Great food with great conversation. People that you have only just met but feel you known for years.

Perfect close to this most fabulous day!


Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Bummer that it rained but the pictures are nice. I loved how green it is there. I think I would've needed a taxi as well.

Why was the mud massage disappointing?

Anymore pictures of the trip to share?

Tiffany said...

That's SO cool! And the villa is adorable!

Soxy Deb said...

That zipline looked so cool girl! I will confess, I might have been more than a little scared myself, but I would love to do it.
It's really hard to be sure, but was your 'taxi' on the good looking side?
Loved your villa and OMG! The scenery is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

Danica Lynn said...

Sounds like an awesome time. I've always wanted to go to Costa Rica!

Vegas Linda Lou said...

Too bad it rained, but man, you are a brave chick! The villa looks very cool.

Julie said...

Damn, I need a taxi. Couldn't you have brought him home to me???

"J" said...

You soooooooooooooooooo need to come to Texas and PARTY with us FOR SURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KriMonster said...

Beautiful pictures! Isn't travel the greatest? I try to get out of the country at least once a year. Once you get the travel bug, it's hard to stop!