Volcan Arenal....basically rivers of hot molten lava

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The first time the clouds cleared all day we got a nice view of a little volcano action.
Ok, so, 7 days later.  I'm still alive, Beau's still alive, Andy and Tom are here and we're picking up Kristen tonight.

We totally bummed around Granada for almost 4 days, doing nothing much of note except drinking Flor de Cana rum and meeting hostel hippies and Dutchmen.  Then we headed out to Costa Rica to meet up with Andy and Tom, which required an 8 hour bus ride and two nights in a town near the airport.  woo.  I think our friend Kevin wondered to Beau over g-chat why we weren't doing any "traveling", since we were on the internet a lot.  Basically, logistics are a pain in the ass.  We all want things to go smoothly while friends are visiting, so lots of travel research and figuring out of travel arrangements needed to be done. 

Aaaand...it paid off spectacularly!  We saw so much lava.
same pic, a little more cool volcano smoke. The lava flow is on the left side, around the volcano. Our hotel was directly in front of it.
It was awesome.  Raw natural power. New earth being made.  Huge rocks spewing from the top of the cone.  I was fully prepared for disappointment, as the top is apparently covered by clouds 80% of the time and many travelers never see it.   I guess the offerings to Maximon paid off, because we saw hours of lava.  I think Beau stayed up all night.  So, clearly all pictures are on Beau's awesome camera. I'll post the link when he posts them.

Today we are in San Jose, waiting for Kristen and her friend Evan.  We are heading out to the Caribbean side tomorrow to do some snorkeling at Cahuita.  I'll try to keep updates flowing, and maybe some pics from Andy's camera. 
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The first time the clouds cleared …
The first time the clouds cleared…
same pic, a little more cool volca…
same pic, a little more cool volc…
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