Floral Friday Fotos: One Day Orchid

This ‘One Day Orchid’ was peeping out at me on a rainy day hike in Costa Rica to see the elusive Arenal Volcano. The volcano wasn’t visible through the thick mist, but the beautiful orchid was reward enough for my efforts and my soaking wet hair. I was so happy that the orchid had chosen that day to flower and that I was there to see it.

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Wishing you all a very happy weekend. I can’t believe it’s come around again so soon.

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Who stole the Arenal Volcano?

So, we went ot Arenal to see Costa Rica’s youngest and most active volcano, but what did we see?

Looking out from our restaurant at breakfast, the promised volcano was shrouded in mist, and I was beginning to wonder whether it really existed.

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After breakfast, we were whisked off on a volcano spotting trip.

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We had an hour’s hike through the pouring rain and squelching mud, in order to try and get a closer look.

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We clambered up the treacherous lava rocks, risking life and limb, hoping to catch a glimpse of the 1600 metre high landmark which towers over the town of La Fortuna.

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On reaching the top, we had a beautiful view of the Arenal Lake, but the elusive volcano was nowhere to be seen.

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The descent was far more challenging than than the ascent, but on the way, we were rewarded with a sighting of this gorgeous ‘One Day Orchid’, so-called because it only blooms for a day.

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There was also a very strange looking creature, lurking in the forest.

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The weary travellers climbed back onto the bus and we were soon on our four hour journey to Monteverde. We may not have seen the volcano, but we did catch a spectacular sunset from the balcony of our El Establo Hotel,

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before going down to the restaurant for dinner. There, I enjoyed the prettiest pasta dish I’ve ever seen.

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Today is windy and pouring with rain, and we’re off for a visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, for a couple of hours on the Selvatura swinging bridges. I’m really getting used to having ‘bad hair days’, but I’m having lots of fun. 🙂

I wish you all a stunning weekend, wherever you may be.

Costa Rica, here I come.

Today we leave for a two week tour of Costa Rica, so if I am conspicuous by my absence on your blogs, I’m sure you’ll understand. I’ll try to pop in when I can, and may even do a few posts if the internet access allows.We are touring east coast, west coast and the Arenal Volcano. From the itinerary, it looks like somewhat of an eco trip,  as we’ll be learning about  hummingbirds, coffee, bananas and my very best; lots of local EEEK!! INSECTS. I’m packing a couple of cans of bug spray, just in case the bugs want to learn more about me. 😯

We will miss the Thanksgiving celebrations at our club, but here are a few pics of my neighbour’s garden down the road. They always decorate appropriately for every occasion.

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Have a wonderful weekend, and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers and followers. See you soon.