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Day 3 - Pick up our 4 -Wheel and drive to Arenal

San Francisco & Seattle to Los Angeles, Monday, October 3rd, 2005.

Los Angeles to Guatemala City, an unexpected flight to El Salvador and finally on to San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday, October 4th, 2005.

Barcelo Rincon del Valle - http://www.1-costaricalink.com/hotels_san_jose_costa_rica/hotel_barcelo_rincon_del_valle_costa_rica.htm 

We will depart from San Francisco & Seattle to Los Angeles and a change of planes on Monday and on to Guatemala City for a stop, then on to San Jose, Costa Rica on Tuesday morning around 7:30 AM. .  We will be picked up at the San Jose airport and driven to the hotel Barcelo Rincon del Valle on Tuesday, October 4th. If we aren't too tired, we may try to walk around just to get a feel for San Jose!  We will spend tonight in San Jose after the long flight from California in order to rest up for our first day of driving to Arenal.

Well this is what really happened on our trip to Costa Rica, the flight was unbelievable!  Read on!

We left Los Angeles and flew to Guatemala City and were caught in a tropical depression and had to fly to San Salvador in El Salvador.  I looked out the window of the 757 jet and told Barbara it was raining so hard I couldn't believe it!  The captain then announced we were flying into San Salvador as the visibility was zero in Guatemala!  We sat on the runway for an hour and then tried to fly back to Guatemala City after getting clearance from Guatemala but then the captain announced a volcano in northern El Salvador had erupted and we had to be rerouted to go around the volcano.   You can see how hard it was raining in San Salvador in this photo Barbara took from the window as the sun was rising!

By that time the rain was so bad again in Guatemala City we had to stop again.  Then the third hour we taxied on the run way to go back to Guatemala City.  We inched down the side run way and then onto the main run way and inched along and I yelled out, we aren't going to Guatemala!  So the plane had to stop again, too much rain and mud slides in Guatemala.  So torrential Rains, Mud Slides and Volcanic Eruptions. 

Finally the pilot gave up and said we were skipping Guatemala for the time being and would fly directly to San Jose!  We were about five hours late into San Jose Costa Rica!  Half of the passengers were directed to a Taca Airlines to try and fly back to Guatemala while the rest of us tried to get to our hotels before too much of the afternoon was gone.  What a way to start the vacation!

Hurricane Stan at the San Salvador Airport!

Rain - Volcanic Eruptions - Mud Slides!

We did manage to get downtown by cab and it was dreary, very damp and humid and there isn't much to see in San Jose.  I was told the Gold Museum was interesting but we just didn't have time to do that.  We did visit the main covered market and that was interesting but that was about all we did except go to a bank and exchange dollars for colonies.  

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