Gosh Darn. I was really surprised with how much it rained in Costa Rica.
Did I read the fine print of the travel itinerary? Pour over the guide books? Ask people who had been there?
Nope. Life has been too chaotic with losses and illnesses. Lots of thing needing attention. The last six months of 2014 were pretty much a blur. The trip was planned by a friend with his travel agent for early 2015 so we went on a ten day adventure with very little idea of what to expect.
Our first destination was in a Cloud Forest about an hour from the San Juan airport. I’m not sure what that means, but it rained a lot. Huge billowy clouds turned into downpours so loud it sometimes made it hard to carry on a normal conversation. Sheets of rain. Curtains of rain. It made the idea of drought in California hard to imagine.
I’m not complaining about the rain. It was really quite fun and an interesting experience. We’d have these huge downpours for 10-15 minutes and then everything would clear and nature excursions continued. As we sat out the really heavy showers, often over a beverage or two, I thought about our expedition leader on the National Geographic Explorer. As we headed off to see a glacier or kayak around ice burgs on a trip to Norway and Svalbald, she would proclaim, “There’s no bad weather, only bad gear.”
Thank heavens for rain coats and umbrellas. We didn’t miss out on a thing.
After the damp adventure in the Cloud Forest at the Peace Lodge, we traveled to a hotel facing the famous Arenal Volcano where we saw the peak for about ten minutes during our four day stay. It was always covered with misty confections of moisture. We stayed at a resort known for the hot springs—they have 13 of them, all labeled on the resort map with the temperatures. Take your pick. 92 degrees? 101 degrees? We had lots of choices. How lovely to lallygag about in one when the torrents of warm water pour down and then bask in the sunshine as it poked through the mists.
We’ve been told that Costa Rica has two seasons: dry and rainy. But our guide grinned when he explained, “It’s really rainy and rainier in this part of Costa Rica.”
I believe it. We happened to be in “rainy” season. I can’t imagine how wet rainier would be. I’d need my Wellies.
I was mesmerized with the different cloud formations on the mountains. Works of art, really.
We did have moments of blue sky and sunshine . When the sun came out the many shades of green were breathtaking. If you have ever traveled in Ireland, you know what I mean. Lush, gorgeous green.
Settling into the reality of the weather, I enjoyed sitting on a protected balcony reading a book while listening to the rat-ta-tat or hearing the pounding on the roof during the night. Actually it was quite therapeutic. I didn’t know it but it was just what I needed. Hanging out in a Rain Forest turned out to be an opportunity to relax, recharge, renew, and go home restored.
Exploring Costa Rica on DesignDestinations.org will be continued. Next week: wild life and fun at the beach on the dry side of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Travel Arrangements were made by Linda Barber, CTIE. She did a wonderful job planning and arranging a terrific 10 days of exploration and relaxation.