Saturday, March 23, 2013

Rio Celeste Hike, Costa Rica

This hike is about a 3 hour drive from our home in La Fortuna.  We rented a car (that was not prepared for the bumpy roads) and made our way out there.  Unfortunately it was raining all day, but we are still glad we got to see it and get out of the house!

My spirits were kind of low when I was greeted at the entrance station with all these lovelies which have been captured along the trail.  Uhm.  Wow. (Be happy I didn't post more close ups...)

 We set out with our raincoats and a rain roof for T.  Anybody know of where to get a shell for babies?  
On a clear day, the water here is a brilliant turquoise  The sulphur emitted from the volcano mixes with the calcium carbonate to make a one-of-a-kind blue color.  Pretty epic. 

Rumor has it there is a 50/50 chance of seeing the brilliant blue or this muddier, normal looking water.  It rains a lot in this Guatuso area, and if it has rained within the past few days, you're looking at a nice waterfall, but nothing earth-shattering.  
Here is a photo of what it looks like during a sunny week!

 T was a good sport through it all.  She never cried, but you could tell this wasn't really her cup of tea.  We got mixed reactions from passing hikers "Wow, what a good baby! Great job bringing her/him along!" and an equal number of glares / stink eyes from people who obviously believe we shouldn't have been out exposing her to the elements.  
 This photo does not to justice to the length and incline of this staircase.  I know because I carried her up.  Scott almost always wears the backpack, and whenever I give him a break I recommit myself to giving him back rubs :)
 Pretty trecherous terrain!

Obviously, we wish we had gone on a sunny day... but ya can't have it all!  We had a wonderful time out hiking and were very much reminded of the Malaysian jungle here in Costa Rica.  

And can I get a "What What" for Chacos?  They were the perfect footwear for this activity!

1 comment:

Chelsea said...

what what. :)

What raincoats do you guys use?
As far as baby raincoats, my best recommendation might be a plastic bag. Inexpensive and durable and multipurpose...