Sunday, April 29, 2007

Mudpots, Volcanoes, and Jail

Hey Swatchy! Remember on my last trip to Costa Rica, when I went to the mud pots? Well, we went back with the kids from the Bullis Charter School.
classtriptomudpots.jpg

The mud pots are at the Rincon de la Vieja volcano near Liberia. The heat from the volcano boils water underground and the mud bubbles up. Can you see me? I'm trying to keep the kids from crossing over the safety fence.
classtriptomudpots2.jpg

We had to hike through the forest and over a stream.
classhike.jpg

And we got up close and personal with some of the wildlife, like this Ctenosaur (that's an iguana to you and me)!
biglizard.jpg

Afterwards, we had lunch at a local hacienda. I drank too much juice.
toomuchjuice.jpg

The next day we set out for Volcano Arenal. We stopped in Canas for pastries, and I led a tour of the town. You can see our bus in the background of this picture.
touroftown.jpg

It was very windy that day, so we had a hard time getting the group photo in front of the church.
classpicture.jpg

And then we saw Arenal. It's one of my favorite places. It was smoking and steaming away. Rocks were falling down the volcano, too, so no place to do a climb.
arenalwithrocks.jpg

On the way back, we stopped in Liberia to use the restrooms at the police station. But some of us ended up on the wrong side of the bars:
teacherinjail.jpg driverinjail.jpg studentsinjail.jpg

mcswatchyinjail.jpg
Even me!!!!

3 comments:

noricum said...

Dear McSwatchy,

A Ctenosaur? Are they modern-day dinosaurs? ;)

I hope you made it out of jail okay! ;)

Yours,
Swatchy

Stephanie said...

You're way braver than me. All those kids? Whoa. You're superhuman.

Knittah said...

Dear Stephanie and Swatchy,

I did make it out of jail ok. And wait until you see what I did with the kids next!

Love, McSwatchy