The Butterfly Conservatory had an excellent assortment of butterflies, with three screened habitats that featured native and non-native species.
We really enjoyed going to Arenal Hanging Bridges for a walk through the Costan Rican rainforest. Like most activities in Costa Rica, it wasn’t inexpensive, but it was worth it for the experience.
We quickly found that with whatever you want to do in Costa Rica, there is a tour guide you can pay to accompany you on whatever path or trail you are walking on and who will stop to point out every spider, ant, frog, monkey etc.
Some people really want all that additional information, but we simply wanted to go at our own pace and enjoy a 1.5 to 2 hour walk through the forest. We’d paid our $50 so it was time to get cracking. Here we are quickly catching up to the bottlenecks of tour groups at the start of the trail.
It didn’t take too long to get past the large groups and once we did, we were set and were commenting that it would most likely take these groups 3 to 4 hours to complete the hike.
The hike made for a great experience and the tour had a good number of hanging bridges, with many that were quite long and high, which definitely added to the fun.
After arriving in San Jose, we drove to the town of La Fortuna, which is the launching point for activities around the Arenal volcano. Our first day we hiked a trail to the remains of the old lava flow, which stopped activity around 2010. We also made it to a butterfly sanctuary.
Taking a break. DiploTot and DiploMom stayed behind while I went ahead to the end of the trail. DiploTot had to have been thinking what in the world we had drug her into.
We ventured forth over Semana Santa to Costa Rica for our first-ever trip with DiploTot. A big factor in the decision was the fact that we could get a direct flight out from Guatemala City and that it was only an hour-and-a-half away.
We had a great time and DiploTot proved to be a very adaptable traveler, even if she was awake by 5:30 am every morning, she at least always slept through the night. I’ll be posting more photos in the coming days.
My favorite Easter hymn from Charles Wesley.
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
In moving to Guatemala, we anticipated that we would have a fair amount of interruptions in electrical service. We bought a couple of CyperPower battery backup/surge protection systems to protect computers and the TV. For the most part, electrical service has been pretty reliable, even in thunderstorms, although I think it helps that the electrical lines in our neighborhood are buried.
We had a pretty good run, but for the past several weeks we have had a day each week where we lost power for an extended period of time, in some cases, four to five hours. Thankfully with the mild temperatures, we don’t have to deal with a house that turns into an oven with no air conditioning. I’ve been surprised by how annoyed I’ve gotten when we lost power. DiploTot and I are able to keep doing whatever we were doing and the house gets lots of natural light, so no problem with it getting too dark. It frankly impacts our housekeeper the most, as it keeps her from laundry and from preparing dinner for later.
One area where I have begun to surmise there are more frequent interruptions is to the water supply. As it turns out, we have a huge cistern below the laundry room floor and a pump that kicks in to keep water flowing if it stops coming in from the main line. I felt a bit stupid that I didn’t realize what this pump was for. When we moved in I simply thought it was to maintain water pressure. It is really great that we have this setup as I think there could have been many times where we would have been impacted by little to no water. Our housekeeper mentioned that lately her house has gone for much of the day with no water, so our setup led me to believe that the Guatemalan water utilities were a bit more reliable than they actually are.
All in all, there isn’t much to complain about, given that we are in a third-world country. It is easy to forget that when the conveniences, thankfully, generally keep running.