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Saturday 3/18: Coffee Tour, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Treehouse Restaurant

Day 8 in Costa Rica, 3/18 Saturday was our second full day in Monteverde. I had reserved a Coffee, Chocolate and Sugar Cane Tour (by Don Juan Tours) for 10 a.m. (booked in advance a few weeks ago, as it seemed popular). We got up and had breakfast. (An unrelated photo, but I really liked… Continue reading Saturday 3/18: Coffee Tour, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Treehouse Restaurant

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Friday 3/17: Santa Elena Reserve, Monteverde Brewery and a Night Tour!

Friday, 3/17: Day 7 in Costa Rica Friday morning I was excited to get up and actually see what our place looked like. It was pretty dark by the time we got there the night before. I again woke up early, before the rest of my family. It was nice at this place to have… Continue reading Friday 3/17: Santa Elena Reserve, Monteverde Brewery and a Night Tour!

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Thursday 3/16: La Fortuna waterfall, pool time and travel to Monteverde

Day 6 in Costa Rica! Thursday, 3/16. This was our last morning in La Fortuna, and sort of a transition day. I felt sad to leave this area!! I really loved everything we did, and our resort was so perfect for us. But, we still had two other areas of Costa Rica to explore, so…… Continue reading Thursday 3/16: La Fortuna waterfall, pool time and travel to Monteverde

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Wednesday 3/15: Pool Day + (amazing) Venado Caves experience!!

Wednesday 3/15, Day 5 in Costa Rica: Started out the morning, as usual, on the patio. Check out the cool clouds around 7 a.m: 30 minutes later, it looked like this: The weather is very changeable in Costa Rica! The clouds come and go very freely. 🙂 We went off to breakfast, also as usual.… Continue reading Wednesday 3/15: Pool Day + (amazing) Venado Caves experience!!

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Tuesday 3/14: Safari River Float and Mistico Hanging Bridges

Tuesday morning was the BEST and clearest view of the volcano yet! (And really, most mornings have been pretty clear.) But Tuesday had a great blue sky. We learned that the volcano is active, but it’s in a “resting phase”. It lasted erupted in 1968. It still releases smoke, though! See below. That’s smoke, not… Continue reading Tuesday 3/14: Safari River Float and Mistico Hanging Bridges

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Monday 3/13: Rio Celeste day

Ahh, falling a little behind… big surprise…. 😅 Monday, March 13 I had planned that we would do a day trip to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, where the beautiful Rio Celeste is. It’s a river/waterfall that is a brilliant, incredible BLUE (celeste) color. It is about an hour away from La Fortuna where we… Continue reading Monday 3/13: Rio Celeste day

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Sunday 3/12 afternoon- hot springs + rainforest walk (and SLOTHS!)

Sunday, 3/12: Part 2 (afternoon) Okay, so in last post I shared the volcano pics and ziplining adventure! Picking up there. Hot springs/pool time: After ziplining we drove back to the resort (it was maybe 12:30 or so). My mom had stayed back just relaxing on her own (ziplining is not her thing). The plan… Continue reading Sunday 3/12 afternoon- hot springs + rainforest walk (and SLOTHS!)

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Volcano overload and zipline adventures!!

Sunday, March 12 Sunday morning I woke up around 7 a.m. and felt like it seemed like a lot of light was coming in around the curtains… so I jumped out of bed to see if it was CLEAR at the volcano!! And it was!!! I stepped out on our patio to this view: From… Continue reading Volcano overload and zipline adventures!!

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Travel Day and 1st evening in Costa Rica!!

Friday, March 10- Saturday, March 11 We made it!!! First impression is: Oh my goodness, it is beautiful and lush and green and so pretty!! We just finished our first full day (Sunday) which was incredible. I’m so excited! More on that later. Also, I said I might pick 5 photos to share each day….… Continue reading Travel Day and 1st evening in Costa Rica!!

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A packing post (aka, how not to pack…)

Coming at you from O’Hare Airport… current view: Yes, they brought a fold up chess board. 🙂 It’s 10:33 p.m and our flight doesn’t leave until after midnight, so… I have time to kill. I had a request for how I packed all my stuff into a relatively small carry-on for a full 2 week… Continue reading A packing post (aka, how not to pack…)