Today was such a great day! We went on a hike and found the most beautiful spot in Costa Rica.
The morning began bright and early at 7am. We had breakfast at the lodge and hopped into the car to head to the base of the volcano we would be hiking up. Just before jumping into the car we found our first lizard of the day! It was bright green and Prof Clark was able to grab it to get a better look.
The hike was a two kilometer trek with a lake at the end. Unfortunately it was steeply uphill the entire way, but we all made it. Along the way, we found three lizards, one butterfly, one frog, and one giant spider. That we got pictures of that is. 🙂
After the two hour hike to the top, we stopped by the viewing area to take a look the volcano. It was stunning.
Next, we descended the last hundred meters to reach the Green Lake. It lived up to its name! It was definitely green and cold. We had all either brought or wore our suites so we went for a quick swim. Nick and Prof Clark actually swam across the entire lake. It was decently impressive, at least to me.
It was all downhill from there! However, there were still some spectacular views.
Luckily food was not far from the end of the trail. We ate lunch at the hotel where we got more than we thought we ordered. For example, Don thought he was just ordering a drink for himself when, apparently, he had ordered it for the whole table. Plantains, limes, and ice cream magically appeared, too! It was great and very much needed. We were able to hop in the hotel pool before heading back to work on sensors.
Sensor work was the same as usual. We got the Ph sensor working by rewiring and fixing the soldering on the PCB. The CO2 sensor got its final connections epoxed after all other options were explored.
After some good quality sensor work, we skipped out to head to dinner and to follow Don to a free hot spring. The hot spring was a bit off the beaten track and under a cement bridge that was obviously not meant for tourist eyes. However, the water was beautiful! It was so warm and the current was so much fun. It almost pulled me down stream multiple times! It is so hard to describe just how beautiful this spot was. After the freezing cold Green Lake, the steaming hot spring was incredible.
Today was incredible! There is no doubt. Akhil went on his first hike and we got to relax in the steaming hot spring. Can’t wait for another day!