Poas Volcano

Our tour also took us to the Poas Volcano, a semi-active site that was about two hours outside of San Jose. It alternated between total downpour and nice, so I was forced to buy a weird-looking clear parka for 3,000 Colones. I don’t know if that was a rip off or not, but the cashier did look at her manager and start laughing after I paid.

As you can see from this picture below, the parka looked even more ridiculous after it completely stopped raining, right after I bought it.

(Pictures left this post to star in a romantic comedy alongside Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.)

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La Paz Waterfall

Today I headed out of the city to have a bit of adventure. The only adventure I can find in downtown San Jose might result in me heading home with a souvenir t-shirt for my wife that says, “My husband went to Costa Rica and All He Brought Me Was This Stupid Disease.”

I signed up for a tour here at the hotel. I didn’t know what to expect, because I usually hate being a “tourist.” These tours can sometimes be stupid, and I didn’t want to be stuck in a huge bus with a bunch of octogenarians. I chose a fairly adventurous-sounding tour that involved a hike around an active volcano crater and a waterfall hike. It turned out to be one of the best tours of my life.

I visited the La Paz Waterfall (translated: “The The Paz Waterfall”), which was a series of three 100+ foot waterfalls that ran down a lush rainforest, which rested on the side of the Poas Volcano.

Below is the top of one of the waterfalls before it spilled over into a 140 foot drop.*

Here is a picture of me standing beside the first of three waterfalls. It’s out of focus because the master’s hand (mine) was not in charge.*

Below are a few more shots of the waterfalls. There was so much mist and waterfall-spray that my camera lens got plastered with dew, so these pictures don’t really show off how awesome these were!*

(Pictures disappeared in Costa Rica under suspicious circumstances.)

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Cell Phones Covers or Grenades?

Since I have recently been worried about crazy Muslim bombers, I was a little leery when I saw this rather tan person approaching our car, draped in suspicious grenade-like objects. Upon closer inspection, they were just cell phone covers. I was so relieved, I bought four of them.

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Steven Seagal’s drink is not yet in Costa Rica

Well this travel day is taking longer than I expected. Also, I don’t think my hotel down there is going to have internet or internet technology.

So I will take this travel update doldrum to discuss Steven Seagal’s new line of drinks called “Lightning Bolt.” Yes, this is a real product.

The “Asian Experience” flavor. I can only imagine what it tastes like. I imagine a mix of soy sauce and Avian Bird Flu. What I find particularly attractive about the packaging is Steven’s menacing stare, as he watches me drinking his mythical concoction, taunting me into some Aikido bout to the death.

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Back to Costa Rica

Tomorrow I am headed back to Costa Rica for a while. Last time I was down there, the weather was a perfect 72 degrees the entire time, something I did not expect for a tropical rainforest on the equator. This time, I am going to shy away from the rainforest and go for the volcanoes. I understand there are nine active volcanoes in the country, so there is no excuse if I can’t find one of them.

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