Thursday, July 23, 2015

Day 6- Traveling to Blue River Resort and a Train Ride

Today was our last day at Arenal Observatory Lodge.  We made sure to thank Jonathan, our waiter, who went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable and memorable.
We checked out of our room a little early.  We sat around acting goofy while we passed the time. Sadly, William got sick as we were waiting for our bus.

On our drive to the Blue River Resort we stopped for lychee.   We bought a big bag for around $5.  They were delicious!
On our way we stopped at a neat hotel called Los Heroes on Arenal Lake.  It was on my list of places to stop and visit since it had a train and rotating restaurant overlooking the lake.

When the kids walked up to this fence, the cows came running down to see them.  Happy cows indeed!

We had time to spare before the train, so the kids explored the area.

Isn't Costa Rica gorgeous?
Finally we got on the train. It was nothing like we expected.  The train was small, old, and one could hardly believe that it even ran, but it did.
Here is a beautiful view of the rotating restaurant.  The train was so slow and rickety that it took thirty minutes to get to the top.   Despite the train's flaws, the ride really was memorable-- one that I think we would do over just for the memory.
At the bottom of the restaurant is a museum where we learned about the history of the area.  One wall was built around the layers of volcanic rock.  It was really neat.

Since I had heard good reviews about the ice-cream, we all ordered a bowl.  It was fantastic!
Though William was not feeling well, we were able to get this group shot.

Bullet ants the size of our thumb.
The memorable train ride.

Later in the day, we arrived at the Blue River Resort.  The ride in was long-- over an hour on a bumpy dirt road.  But it was worth it!  The place was gorgeous!

A dog was there to greet us-- and the kids really enjoyed the company.
Here are our bungalows.

More beautiful flowers

The resort had a waterslide.  Everyone enjoyed it.

The hot springs were nice too.

The Blue River Resort has a butterfly farm.  It was great except for the bullet ants guarding the main entrance.

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