Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Costa Rican Honeymoon- Day 3
Day 3 in Costa Rica was the only day we ventured out of our resort. We actually had to set an alarm to make sure we could get to breakfast and be in the lobby by 7:15! We boarded a bus to head to an extinct volcano! About halfway to the volcano, it started raining, we didn't realize it was the rainy season in Costa Rica and it rained every day we were there. This was the only day it rained more than an hour though. Going up a volcano in a bus while it is raining is scary...I said several dozen Hail Marys going up that volcano.
The first thing we did was get suited up for zip lining! They had 10 cables and since it was raining, they were all super fast and you couldn't brake at all! Luckily, the workers had done this before and rigged up a way to stop us before we hit the trees! The zip lines went so fast, I didn't get a chance to get any pictures!
After zip lining, we headed to a slide that was made to get you down the volcano. It was 1/4 mile long and they had three speeds, slow, medium, and fast. When it was my turn, I told the worker that I wanted medium, he rolled his eyes! The slide was very narrow and there were several times I thought I was either going to be flipped out of the slide or I was going to be flipped over in the slide, but I did have time to take a selfie!
After the slide, it finally stopped raining, and we had a Costa Rican lunch, which was fabulous! They had a vegetable soup that was amazing! We kept asking what was in the soup and no one could really give us an answer, but it tasted really fresh!
After lunch, we had to choice of either a horseback ride down a trail or a tractor ride to get down to the hot springs. Even though I am scared of horses, I decided to try horseback. I asked for a "remote control" horse that I wouldn't have to do anything with. They put me on a horse, and the horse did seem really calm and just stood there without moving. We had a large group (almost 50 people), and the more horses they brought out, the more nervous I got. Before we left, I asked to get off the horse and ride the tractor. I just didn't think I could relax and enjoy the ride with all the other horses and people. I hopped off the horse, and a few other people joined me on the tractor. Even the tractor ride was scary! We were going downhill on a wet trail with lots of rocks...many more Hail Marys were said! When the horses met up with the tractor, Will told me that I chose wisely, as no one had control of their horses and one horse kicked another horse in the face on the trail!
The last (and best) part of our excursion was the hot springs! We changed into bathing suits and headed to the sauna. After a few moments in the sauna to open up the pores, we covered ourselves with mud. A quick rinse off of the mud (in really cold water), and then we were allowed in the hot springs! They had three temp. pools, a hot, warm, and cool. Of course I didn't set foot in the cool! They had a little bar at the hot springs, so we got to enjoy a drink while sitting in the pools. It was beautiful scenery and a perfect way to end the day!
After the ride back to the hotel, we were tired and hungry. We were able to get a table at one of the restaurants, then we headed back to the room to take showers and crawl in bed!