Sunday, November 16, 2008
Weekend #4 - La Fourtuna
Early Saturday morning we drove our rented 4X4 through San Jose looking for the highway to take us to the town of La Fortuna (northwest of San Jose) . Although we didn't find the highway, we did find La Fortuna in just under 4 hours - and no one got car sick:) Once there, we hiked down many, many steps to the La Fortuna Waterfall. 80 feet high it is beautiful and the best part is...you can swim around the base. So in we all went for a swim at the waterfall. We ate lunch on a large rock and then swam some more before making the hike back to the top - much harder going up than down. We then drove 20 minutes over the roughest, bumpiest, dirt road to the Hanging Bridges. This hike through the rain forest consisted of 7 suspension bridges and 9 foot bridges. The sights were amazing! JB and the kids loved making the bridges bounce and swing. Driving further down the dirt/rocky road was our hotel. Our hotel was at the base of Arenal Volcano, the only active volcano in Costa Rica. We went swimming, had dinner, swam again and then got the kids ready to go to bed. Just before the kids went to bed, the clouds that were covering the top of Arenal Volcano blew away for a few minutes and we were able to see red lava flowing down the side of the volcano. It was so amazing, the kids were mesmerized! We saw real, red, hot, lava coming out of a volcano! Sunday morning was dark and rainy. We had breakfast, swam in the pouring rain, and then left for Sky Trek. The whole family took a gondola ride up through the rain forest while it was raining-Sky Tram. The forest is so dense, so tall, so green...it was beautiful. At the top, John and Micah prepared to zip line back to the bottom of the mountain- Sky Trek. Marcie, Ethan & Kendal took the gondola back to the bottom and waited for JB and Micah to arrive. After 7 zip lines, they arrived! They were covered in grease- because it was raining, the grease from the lines falls down onto the participants. Even though they were greasy and a bit wet, they had a great time. Next time our whole family wants to try it! After lunch we drove back to San Jose for a quick dinner. Then it was home and to bed! This was probably our best weekend yet! Hope you had a good weekend too!