15 Bridges & A Volcano View

We woke up to fog this morning which got me to thinking of traipsing through a rain forest, on a bridge – which one? any of the 15 you walk on in the Arenal Forest excursion with a guide pointing out nature—and a beautiful view of the Volcano in the distance. This is a 2-mile rainforest circuit with 15 bridges from 5 to 100 yards in length, very safe.

Arenal Volcano, active since 1968, daily ejecting gases, water, fumaroles, and sometimes accompanied by powerful thunders. Enjoy the most extraordinary views of the volcano on a gentle hike along the base of this marvelous “Mountain of Fire”. Then have lunch and a soak at the Tabacon Hot Springs – the Volcano may spew a little “fire” during your time there. You can visit during the day or evening – if you are looking for spectacular views, either choice is good (or, do both).

Where? Costa Rica, a land of sustainable tourism. Also a land of really nice people, beautiful large sea turtles, beaches and lodges or hotels to stay in.
Arenal Volcano, active since 1968, daily ejecting gases, water, fumaroles, and sometimes accompanied by powerful thunders. Enjoy the most extraordinary views of the volcano on a gentle hike along the base of this marvelous “Mountain of Fire”. Then have lunch and a soak at the Tabacon Hot Springs – the Volcano may spew a little “fire” during your time there. You can visit during the day or evening – if you are looking for spectacular views, either choice is good (or, do both).

Other popular activities in Costa Rica are horseback riding, fishing or kayaking on Beautiful Lake Arenal, hiking, lazing on the various beaches, or viewing the marvelous wildlife found all over Costa Rica.

Arenal Volcano, active since 1968, daily ejecting gases, water, fumaroles, and sometimes accompanied by powerful thunders. Enjoy the most extraordinary views of the volcano on a gentle hike along the base of this marvelous “Mountain of Fire”. Then have lunch and a soak at the Tabacon Hot Springs – the Volcano may spew a little “fire” during your time there. You can visit during the day or evening – if you are looking for spectacular views, either choice is good (or, do both).

Other popular activities in Costa Rica are horseback riding, fishing or kayaking on Beautiful Lake Arenal, hiking, lazing on the various beaches, or viewing the marvelous wildlife found all over Costa Rica. Horseback riding is kind of synonymous with a zip lining tour that has twelve platforms and ten zip lines. The platforms are at an elevation of 150 feet. The shortest cable is 195 ft. and the longest is 1,200 ft. Think what you can see from here!

Ah, the sun’s out!

Travel News and Restrictions, Regulations

10 Facts Travelers Should Know

  • Enhanced security precautions are in place at all international airports with flights to the U.S.
  • Passengers must arrive especially early for any international flight as enhanced security on U.S. Bound flights is affecting all travel times.
  • All carry-on bags are being subjected to extra security screenings, causing delays at security gates.
  • The Canadian government has banned all carry-on bags for passengers traveling to the U.S. because new screening requirements are causing excessive delays. Only exceptions are purses, cameras, coats, laptops, musical instruments, medical devices and items for baby care.
  • TSA urges all travelers to check as much carry-on baggage as possible but says that items such as car seats will be accepted on board flights.
  • Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are both waiving some baggage fees for the mandatory checked baggage on flights to the U.S. from Mexico and Canada.
  • According to the TSA, all passengers regardless of age (including minors and unaccompanied minors) will be subject to additional screening if selected at random or if circumstances warrant.
  • Secondary passenger screenings are very likely to include full body pat-downs and manual inspection of all hand carried items.
  • In flight, at the discretion of the pilot and the individual airline, passengers may be required to stow all their personal belongings for any portion of the flight.
  • In flight, passengers may be required to remain in their seats with their hands fully exposed to view, for any portion of the flight but most likely, for the final hour of the flight.

Additionally, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reminds travelers that, according to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, all U.S. and Canadian citizens, age 16 and older must present a valid, acceptable travel document that denotes both identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. by land or sea. All air travelers of any age are required to present a passport at time of entry to the U.S.

We suggest that parents discuss these enhanced security procedures with their children prior to travel, and that travelers use the CBP website to check on the estimated waiting times at all U.S. air, land and sea borders before making their travel plans.

According to TSA spokesperson Ann Davis, these security precautions and other undisclosed ones will remain in effect indefinitely.

PLUS — the latest from the UK -British airports will step up the use of full-body scanners, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Sunday, and all passengers — even those who are simply changing planes in the U.K. — will have their carry-on bags checked for trace explosives. “We have found that there is a new form of explosive that is not being identified by ordinary machines,” Brown said, acknowledging that no technology will provide 100% protection against terrorists

Airlines and credit cards for food and drink

The airlines – they continue to be a topic of conversation for almost everyone. This topic can become very heated with no help, or at least very little, from almost anyone. But interesting to keep track of because it changes almost daily.

I was reading a blurb from ASTA this morning about the non-cash system aboard airlines now. It amazes me that people still do not know that they will almost ALL need a credit or debit card to buy food or drinks on flights. At least none of us will have to try and remember that we gave the attendant $20 for a glass of wine and need change. I, for one, sometimes have forgotten that during a busy flight. I get my change but…..my mind tends to go south reading or watching a movie, how attendants on big busy aircraft remember all this is amazing.

It’s amazing to see that credit card machines have taken to the air as well. This fact does not surprise me, but the fact that people who travel are still sometimes clueless about that and what they can/can not take with them on a flight.

Most Continental Airlines flights will accept only debit and credit cards for onboard purchases starting today. The new cashless system will not be available on flights to and from China, the carrier said. Also, cash will continue to be accepted on Continental Micronesia, Continental Connection, and Continental Express flights. The airline plans to go cashless on those flights early next year.

Most domestic flights in the USA have gone “cashless” for a couple months. Most airline companies have also gone to “let’s charge for those suitcases” as well, except as we all know, Southwest!

I, for one, do not know (but it would be interesting to find out) if those “pay as you go credit/debit cards” are taken as payment for food/drinks on airlines. If anyone has tried, let us know whether it works or you were denied.

Travel – still lots of interesting places to go and visit, people to meet and photos for digital or paper albums!