Monday, June 11, 2012



My next travel adventure will be to head out to photograph these little cuties. Where's the best place to look for them?


I've been wearing the blue wig to the basketball playoff games. Looks like it brought us a little luck....  Onward to the Finals!   Go Thunder!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

DAY 10

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Friday, February 25, 2011


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Paos Volcano National Park

The summit area of Poas Volcano is covered with ash and has little vegetation. Explosions still occur regularly, and the activity like the steam, is often caused by the interaction of the lava with the water. While the water in the lake may seem inviting, it is extremely acidic and can be as hot as 185 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is definitely not for swimming. There is mild activity occurring frequently, and 39 eruptions have been recorded since 1828. In 1989, high gaseous emissions caused the part to shut down temporarily, but usually the eruptions are of steam and muddy water, giving Poas the distinction of being the world"s biggest geyser. There is an animal that is unique as well. It is the Poas yellow-green squirrel, and it is only found here in the part. Aside from this 79 species of birds live here, like hummingbirds and the resplendent Quetzal

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park is a privately owned and managed ecological attraction that opened in the fall of 2000. The construction of the Hiking Trails, Butterfly Observatory and Reception began in July of 1998 and was mostly complete by the fall of 2000. Since opening we have continually added new and interesting exhibits to enhance the quality of your visit. Please Enjoy.

Our Mission Statement is to preserve and protect the natural environment of the area for the education, entertainment, and enjoyment of all ages of people. Our strategy combines environmentally conscious design with maximum educational impact to the visitor.

The Park comprises 70 acres (28 hectares) of land including approximately 40 acres of cloud and rainforest and 30 acres (12 hectares) of pastureland cut by a previous owner. The forest area is currently protected under Private Wildlife Refuge Status and we are in the process of reforesting the unoccupied pastureland. We are also an active member of the Costa Rican Network of Private Nature Reserves, the Green Stamp Program, the Blue Flag Program and the Environmental Services Payment Program.

Coffee Tasting

•Doka offers 7 different export types; all same quality only difference is roasting times
•Contrary to popular belief the lighter the roast the more caffeine remains in the bean; Dark roasts have less caffeine
•One cup of coffee has an average of 1.5% caffeine; Black tea has 2%; Cocoa 4%; Coca cola 5%
•90% of Doka coffee is exported and sold to Starbucks (unroasted)
•10% remains in Costa Rica
•Ticos drink the inferior harvested beans but improve the flavor by adding caramelized sugar (torrefaccion) in the roasting process
•Most other brands of coffee are actually mixes of beans from various plantations which have different soils and climates and therefore produces variable quality

Thursday, February 24, 2011


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The Hanging Bridges

The hanging bridge circuit includes both bridges and trails. The bridges overlook a dense canopy – allowing visitors to peer directly into the upper reaches of the forest – and have fantastic views of the Arenal Volcano in the background. Trails connect the bridges and run through primary rainforest. Along these, visitors can get a closer look at the insects, reptiles, birds, flowers, plants and trees that call this forest home. Walking at a slow pace, the complete circuit will take most people about two hours to complete.

The Sky Cam Tour

The slow paced Sky Tram gondolas will provide a smooth ride through the rain forest, with endless views along the way, so you can appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you on your way to the top. Once at the at the observation deck, you will be able to enjoy the most magnificent views of the volcano&s south face for as long as you desire.

From the there, you will have two options for returning to the base. The first option is to ride back down the same way you came up, on the Sky Tram. On the ride you will be able to notice how the vegetation varies as the altitude changes once again.

The opther and more exciting options is that you can zip your way to the bottom along the fast moving canopy tour zip lines, the best option for those seeking a rush of adrenaline.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


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There are several mineral baths in the Arenal area, but Tabacon is the only one that is not pumped to create pools. Tabacon has a mineral river heated by the volcano to nearly 100 degrees. The river has been divided into a number of separate pools and waterfalls where guests can wander and soak in beautifully landscaped hot pools.

La Fortune Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall (Spanish for "the fortune") is located in central Costa Rica, in the Alajuela Province. In Spanish, it is known as Catarata Fortuna. The waterfall drops about 70-75 meters and is located at the base of the dormant Chato volcano, about 5.5 km outside of the town of La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


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Positioned within Costa Rica’s fertile northern lowlands, the Arenal Volcano is an unavoidable presence while traveling within this part of the country. It is tall, loud and flashy, and – as one of the world’s ten most active volcanoes – it emits lava and enormous ash columns on a regular basis. Arenal’s perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a sightseer’s dream, while its abundance of outdoor activities makes it an easy place to check things off your “must-do in Costa Rica” list.

As Arenal's ultimate travel resource, this site is dedicated to providing you with information about the Arenal Volcano and the surrounding area. It’s our hope that with the tools and services we offer, you’ll be able to plan a fun and memorable adventure to Costa Rica.

Hibiscus Maze (Madman's Maze)
Madman’s Maze a 80’ x 80’ hibiscus maze with enough twists and turns to make a sane person crazy.