Horseback riding and ziplining

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Rainbow through the rainy window of the bus.
    Other than the occasional pony at birthday parties when I was a little kid, I had never ridden a horse before, so I was really looking forward to horseback riding. There was an early group and a later group, and I was in the first...that had to be at the bus at 7:45am. (I am sooo not a morning person so I'm not sure why I signed up for that time... :-P)
    When we got up, it was drizzling on and off, but no one really cared and the rainbow out the bus window was amazing enough to distract us from the thoughts of getting mildly wet while riding horses. By the time we got to the place we would be riding, it had cleared up and the sun had come out. It made for a really great couple of hours, and I really enjoyed myself.
Horseback riding for the first time.
..other than the few times the guides tried to get my horse to trot, haha. (It probably would have been more comfortable if I hadn't been wearing a backpack, but how was I to know that wasn't a smart idea? haha) My horse, King, was dark brown and very cautious, which worked out very well for me, being a first timer.
    At one point one of the girls dropped her camera. Another one jumped off her horse, letting go of the reins (despite being told not to), to pick it up. Her horse, of course, proceeded to trot off, with her chasing after it. The horse had to be stopped by two of the guides and she wasn't very pleased, but it was still pretty funny for the rest of us.

    After a break and some lunch, we were off to go ziplining at Sky-Trek Adventures.
Ziplining through the sky.
The first three lines were one right after another, which was awesome because you didn't have to wait in line and it got the adrenaline pumping. The third line was one of my favorites of the day...it went through a tunnel of branches. On the lines that were out in the open, you could see for miles and miles on every side. Brittney, Aimee, Chris and I were the last four, and just switched around our order so we could take pictures of each other. Worked out well. The tenth zipline was the longest (2526 ft)...so long that we had to go as doubles in order to make it all the way across. Chris and I went together, and ended up going so fast we had to slow ourselves down, causing Chris to accidentally let go of me and then come crashing back into me after I had stopped. It was pretty funny.
A view of Volcan Arenal from one of the ziplining towers.
We had the staff there laughing hysterically.
    There is a really tall tower at the start of zipline number 7...with amazing views. From one side, you could see cloud forests. From another, a lake not too far in the distance. And from another side, you could see Volcan Arenal in the distance. Liza said she has never been able to see Volcan Arenal from Monteverde...and she's been on the ziplines there many, many times as a tour guide for smaller groups, as well as a few ISV groups earlier in the year. It was pretty cool. You could see the top of the volcano sticking up above a cluster of clouds. What was really awesome about being able to see Arenal, is that we knew that was where we were headed next. It was the first of many views of one of the most active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere.
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Rainbow through the rainy window o…
Rainbow through the rainy window …
Horseback riding for the first tim…
Horseback riding for the first ti…
Ziplining through the sky.
Ziplining through the sky.
A view of Volcan Arenal from one o…
A view of Volcan Arenal from one …
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