July 26 (day 1)
Day 1 was almost entirely travel (starting at 3:30 A.M. at Austin/Bergstrom). After a short hop to Houston we were on our way to Liberia international airport in Costa Rica. The first thing we noticed outside the airport were the massive volcanoes in the distance, shrouded in mist and fog. After a Costa Rican almuerzo, or lunch, we drove up into the mountains. Our cabins at Finca La Anita are on the slopes of the Miravalles Volcano. Our hosts, Pablo and Ana, are gracious and caring. In fact everybody in Costa Rica seems incredibly welcoming! We were treated to a delicious dinner before going to bed. Everything looks like a postcard from paradise!