Playa Grande & Drive up to Volcan Arenal (Arenal Volcano)

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The Hot Honeymooners at the cove.
So, sorry for the delay in the Blogging but, we went up to Arenal Volcano and there was no internet! (Boo!) So I'll back track for you. On Saturday we went back to Playa Grande and spent the day relaxing and soking up the sun, and Alex of course surfed!. There was a family at the beach with a yellow lab that looked just like Hannah! We got a little home sick! Towards the end of the day we decided to walk down the whole beach to check things out some more. We got to the end and found a beautiful cove to take pictures and looked for some cool shells and rocks. What we found mixed in with the shells and rocks were a ton of plastic pieces of garbage.
Their version of the 405 freeway!
We were so annoyed by all the waste, that we proceeded to pick up every bottle top, toothpaste top, plastic bag, lost flip flop sandal, sharp pieces of plastic, Tupperware, and plastic wate that washed up on shore all the way back to where our car was parked. I was happy to see that there was a plastic recycling bin at the parking lot for us to put all the crap we picked up! We did a mini Beach Clean Up! Yay for us! After doing our environmental deed for the day we kicked back at the hotel and packed for our trip to Arenal the next day.

So, the drive to Arenal is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. It's beautiful, long, and tiring all at the same time. However, once we got on the main road (BTW their version of the 405 Freeway) the drive was not to bad. On the way up the mountain the road gets very curvy and dangerous but, once you see and hear the sounds of the beautiful Rain Forest all around you it's all worth it! Lake Arenal was stunning and the Volcano is spectacular! The only thing that's not so great is.
Arenal Lake
..guess? The road up to our hotel (The Arenal Observatory)! I'm starting to think that anything but the main road is basically the practice grounds for dirt bikes and buggies to do their off roading in! On our way up another crazy dirt road we stopped to take a picture of one of the rivers and Alex noticed a local native relaxing on a log, a huge Iguana! Alex swears it was about 5 feet long (head to tip of it's tail). Me, I choose not to believe that it was 4 inches smaller than me! So, we got back in the car and proceeded to the hotel on the crazy, steep, bumpy, rock and pot hole infested dirt road up hill!

We checked into our Hostel, I mean Hotel room. What I mean by Hostel is that Alex planned this excursion while I was finalizing our Wedding Day details and had no idea that he booked a room in a cabin with eight other people to share 2 (YES 2!) bathrooms to share! So, once we got settled into our room with a gorgeous view of the Volcano we decided to go on a little hike.
Volcan Arenal (aka The Volcano!)
Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention I got sick with a cold and a bad cough on Friday! BIG BOO!!! I haven't been feeling 100% since then! =P  So, we went on a hike on an easy trail to see a waterfall. About 7 minutes into the hike it starts to drizzle, then it get's a little harder, then a little harder, next thing you know it's poring! I mean the water was coming down my face and nose like a mini waterfall. Oh yeah and did I mention it's cold up there! I mean really cold! So now let's recap, we're hiking down to see a waterfall in the cold rain and I'm sick. Not the greatest idea I've ever had! We finally got to the waterfall and it's beautiful! It stopped raining and we were able to take some pictures. The hike back was not bad (besides the fact that I was sopping wet and cold!) and we went back to our room to defrost and got ready for dinner.
A local!
At dinner we were able to watch the Volcano from our table. It was SOOO Cool! You can literally see the lava and Molten rocks flow down the side of the Volcano! I tried to take a picture but my camera lens was not strong enough to capture the action. All I got was a pitch black picture! =( BIG BOO! Trust us it was SO VERY COOL! We did hear it rumble a few times and yes I got a little freaked but it was all good! We ended the night watching the Volcano spit up hot rocks and roll down the mountain from our bed in our room. VERY COOL!
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The Hot Honeymooners at the cove.
The Hot Honeymooners at the cove.
Their version of the 405 freeway!
Their version of the 405 freeway!
Arenal Lake
Arenal Lake
Volcan Arenal (aka The Volcano!)
Volcan Arenal (aka The Volcano!)
A local!
A local!
The waterfall at the end of the ra…
The waterfall at the end of the r…
Alex watching the Volcano from our…
Alex watching the Volcano from ou…
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