Saturday, February 18, 2012

And On The Third Day We Travel

The only drawback to a 3d2n getaway is that the first and last days are getaway days, which only leaves a full day for exploration. But before we drive away from Arenal, hubby and I took one last stroll around the gardens and enjoyed the sights.

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In the morning after breakfast, an air-conditioned mini van picked us up to deliver to the next destination. The driver drove around Lake Arenal, which is a loooong drive. However, the road is paved so it wasn't very bumpy. The road was winding though so those who get motion sickness, this was a tough ride. Lake Arenal is a man-made lake that sits at the base of the volcano. It covers nearly 33 sq mi and reaches about 200 feet deep. Lake Arenal is an important energy source, it produces about 12% of Costa Rica's electric energy.

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It was a gloomy day for travel. Our driver was very accommodating. He would stop when we point out something we want to photograph, even though no one wanted to get out of the vehicle.

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Many lodging structures are situated around the lake. I bet they really have wonderful views. We never even get to see or enjoy the lake up close. Time was so short.

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As I'm getting accustomed to the practice, every travel stops at a designated rest stop, where the driver usually eats a meal, therefore silently inviting passengers to also do the same, give business to the restaurant.

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Attached to the restaurant is a gift shop where so many bric-a-bracs and other souvenirs tempt the visitor. I have purchased a little something in this store, although I wanted to get one of these. They're just too bulky to carry around.

While the driver was eating, I went outside and people watched. How many times can I indulge in my hobby? Not many so I took advantage.

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And then we travelled some more.
On deck is Monteverde.

13 comments:

  1. I like the colorful plants and flowers in the first few photos. Those seeds (beans), are they coffee?

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  2. I enjoy people watching as well.

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  3. The vegetation except that butterfly shows like i am just in my backyard. Our butterfly here looks like that except the red spots. The verification word is difficult, they just told me about it in my last post, so i removed it too.

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  4. FABULOUS images, Maria. You're really very good, I hope you know! :)

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  5. i love your street shots series.
    as always, lots to see when you are observant enough. ^0^
    can't get over with the view you posted, even the flowers!

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  6. Very enjoyable sequence of images, Maria!

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  7. Maria, I love whimsy (reading the header to your blog) especially when an eye like yours finds a camera. delightful pictures. Thank you

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  8. La montaña cubierta de nubes me parece un gran espectáculo¡¡¡Saludos

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  9. stunning mountain... i love the shots!

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  10. Wonderful shots! And I see a gumamela!

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  11. The nature shots are wonderful but the vulcano with clouds on top is outstandig!

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  12. beautiful shots..what a nice place.. the mountain shot is very pretty.

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  13. I love how you captured the beauty of those flowers and the volcano. I'm sure it was another worthwhile trip.

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