Erupting in Exciting Costa Rica

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Irazú Volcano Principal Crater

 

ERUPTING IN EXCITING COSTA RICA

 

After transforming the Costa Rican economy, (see first blog entry), we headed to Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú.

 

Our six super and silly TravBuddies:

 

1. cuaj – Adrian, San Jose, Costa Rica

www.travbuddy.com/cuaj

 

2. derekbilldaly – Derek, Dublin, Ireland
www.

travbuddy.com/derekbilldaly

3. jacf1020 – Jose, Miami, Florida,
US
www.travbuddy.com/jacf1020


4. martiana – Kelly, Essex, England,
UK (now Costa Rica)

www.travbuddy.com/martiana


5. travelman727 – Mark, Overland Park, Kansas,
US

www.travbuddy.com/travelman727

 

6.

Everyone's happy with shipping deal
Bob – Dublin, Ireland

Derek’s good friend and light bulb

 

Thanks to Adrian generously volunteering his 4 Wheel Drive and Kelly’s fabulous flexibility, we were able to modify our schedule to include an early morning trip to this famous and still-active volcano. Irazú made international headlines when it erupted in 1963 on the day that former US President John F. Kennedy visited the country. The last noticeable activity came in 1996; since then, it has been a quiet giant.

 

The Irazú Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica at 3,342m/10,962ft. Eruptions have been recorded since 1723. Because of these and other volcano dischargess, the soil of the Central Valley is exceptionally fertile.

Established in 1955, this national park protects over 5,700 acres of land around the base of the volcano. Bare landscape and craters are found at the summit, creating a surreal, lunar-like atmosphere.

The volcano has several craters. Irazú's Principal Crater is 1,050m/3,444ft in diameter and 300m/984ft deep. It’s other noted crater is the Diego de la Haya Crater, located to the right of the Crater Principal. It is 690m/2,263ft in diameter and 100m/328ft deep and contains a small lime-green lake that sometimes appears red. Irazú's present activity involves holes (fumaroles) emitting smoke and gasses.

 

We visited the Principal Crater. It’s unusual greenish yellow covering is caused by the rain dissolving the minerals along the crater’s walls.


From the top, you feel like you own the world. You can see high altitude birds, such as the volcano junco, mountain robins and owls. Rabbits, grey foxes, armadillos, porcupines and coyotes are also frequent friends. Thick forest vegetation is found below the summit; and you can find lots of oak and madaroño trees.

 

Strolling back to Adrian’s 4 Wheel Drive, I got a local tip from one of the Park’s critters that the Cafeteria/Souvenir Shop might be for sale. Fearless Freddie’s information was correct and I bought the store. Thanks to good fortune and the help of my TravBuddy pals, we were able to negotiate and sign contracts with some smart cattle to transport goods to the new store. J

alyssa_ob says:
Awesome description of the volcano! Right up my alley!
Posted on: Oct 09, 2008
joniann says:
Beautiful place
Posted on: Oct 02, 2008
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Irazú Volcano Principal Crater
Irazú Volcano Principal Crater
José, Me, Kelly, Derek & Adrian
José, Me, Kelly, Derek & Adrian
Everyones happy with shipping deal
Everyone's happy with shipping deal
Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú
Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú
Adrian provided our transportation
Adrian provided our transportation
National Park founded in 1955
National Park founded in 1955
Protects over 5700 acres of land
Protects over 5700 acres of land
Creates a lunar-like atmosphere
Creates a lunar-like atmosphere
984 ft. deep & 3444 ft. in diameter
984 ft. deep & 3444 ft. in diameter
Highest active Costa Rica volcano
Highest active Costa Rica volcano
Diego de la Haya Crater
Diego de la Haya Crater
I-Bob(my mouth)-Kelly-José-Derek
I-Bob(my mouth)-Kelly-José-Derek
Adrian & José (father & son)
Adrian & José (father & son)
Bob & Derek - Two peas in a pod
Bob & Derek - Two peas in a pod
Erupted in 1963 during JFK visit
Erupted in 1963 during JFK visit
Posing with new Costa Rican friends
Posing with new Costa Rican friends
Greeting Costa Rican amigas warmly
Greeting Costa Rican amigas warmly
Five lovely ladies overlook volcano
Five lovely ladies overlook volcano
Having a blast in sunny Costa Rica
Having a blast in sunny Costa Rica
Volcano still emits smoke & gasses
Volcano still emits smoke & gasses
Adrian-José-Derek clown for Kelly
Adrian-José-Derek clown for Kelly
View on mountains other side
View on mountain's other side
Because of eruptions, fertile soil
Because of eruptions, fertile soil
Bob & I enjoy breathtaking vista
Bob & I enjoy breathtaking vista
Kelly & Derek-tender moment w/ Bob
Kelly & Derek-tender moment w/ Bob
José - International man of danger
José - International man of danger
Derek - Danger is his middle name
Derek - Danger is his middle name
Kelly takes photo of Bob with sign
Kelly takes photo of Bob with sign
Bob sneaks into pic from the top
Bob sneaks into pic from the top
Psst, Mark-Why dont you buy store?
Psst, Mark-Why don't you buy store?
I opt to purchase Parks cafeteria
I opt to purchase Park's cafeteria
Kelly becomes my first customer
Kelly becomes my first customer
Adrian & Kelly give suggestions
Adrian & Kelly give suggestions
I hire former owners to run shop
I hire former owners to run shop
On the road again-back to San José
On the road again-back to San José
We enjoy scenic, leisurely drive
We enjoy scenic, leisurely drive
I feel like Im in home in Kansas
I feel like I'm in home in Kansas
Need help to transport store goods
Need help to transport store goods
Cattle smart - drive hard bargain
Cattle smart - drive hard bargain
Derek negotiates the finer points
Derek negotiates the finer points
José comes in & closes the deal
José comes in & closes the deal
All celebrate with glass of milk
All celebrate with glass of milk
Others sign up to help carry goods
Others sign up to help carry goods
José is glad to wrap up contract
José is glad to wrap up contract
Derek & Kelly kiss Bob-its naptime
Derek & Kelly kiss Bob-it's naptime
Part of deal - cattle get new carts
Part of deal - cattle get new carts
What a morning, now time to be kids
What a morning, now time to be kids
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