On Tuesday, we did drive to "Dog Heaven" (the dog refuge). We checked the hours of operation and after a harrowing drive in insane traffic, we still made it there on time. However, when we arrived at the big red gate, it was closed and no one was around. I had to reverse down the narrow dirt driveway because there was nowhere to turn around. There were a few houses nearby so I decided to get out and ask a woman to see if the GPS had led us astray, but she confirmed we had the right place and she was surprised it wasn't open. So, we didn't get to see all those 900 puppies after all (see previous post if you don't know what I'm talking about). It was a real shame, but we did try. The girls and I braved the horrible traffic back to the highway and head up to Arenal. Once we reached the highway, it was a free and breezy drive: beautiful winding roads, gorgeous pastureland on either side, and eventually, this... ta da!
The following day we went on a guided tour of the volcano. We walked to this waterfall, which I recognized from Kevin and my first trip to Costa Rica.
Spending time with Phoenix was amazing... and filled my heart.
We had invited Bill and his group to come to Hush Valley Lodge for a tour and then to go fishing at Martin's for lunch. I also suggested they do the coffee tour, meet up with our friends, Seidy and Danilo, to visit their sustainable farm, and to drop in at the Copey Learning Center. Apparently, they are doing all of those things this week.
When I arrived home, they were all at Martin's, just wrapping up their day. I was delighted to get the chance to meet Bill in person after months of emailing. Kevin said he had a really great time. Thanks Jo and Peter for spreading the word of our little piece of paradise! We appreciate it.