Our last two days in Costa Rica were spent chasing more waterfalls, and boy did they not disappoint.
You can read part one and two of our trip here:
On Monday, we headed back up to La Fortuna. We stopped at our usual Cafe Macadamia, and then kept driving to check out the La Fortuna waterfall in the morning. This waterfall was super cool because you could swim at the base of it! This wasn’t the case at Rio Celeste! It was a pretty short hike down, and everything is paved, to the base of the waterfall, but it’s all stairs. 😬 My legs were definitely feeling like jello by the end of everything. It takes about 15 minutes to hike down the stairs to the waterfall. It costs $15/person to enter the park.
That image above is what you saw right before heading down the stairs. How crazy is that!?
To end this day, we treated ourselves to a spa experience. Because the Arenal Volcano is still active, hot springs are all over the surrounding area. The Tabacon Thermal Resort is one big hot spring.
For Christmas, we were gifted money towards our trip, so we used it to spoil ourselves and check this place out. While I was researching locations see, I found an INSANE photo that was taken at this resort and knew it was a place I had to see for myself. We booked a day pass that included dinner so we got to be there for several hours and watch the sun set! It was amazing. Ty would have rather found a free option, but I was so relaxed and loved it. If you’re looking to save money, I’d say just do one meal! You don’t need to be there ALL day, and the food wasn’t amazing anyway 😉
On Tuesday, I had a Zoom call with the mastermind I had been a part of for the prior 9 weeks leading up to that day, so I didn’t want to miss it. This was also the day that I had been anticipating most during our trip because it was the day that I could take a pregnancy test and be able to see the second line if I was pregnant. The test showed a VERY faint positive line, and I woke Ty up to show him. We didn’t want to get our hopes up, but it was there, and I knew it would only get stronger as time went on. I eventually ended up taking 3 more tests just to confirm what I knew was already true; we were pregnant! As exciting as that day was, I’m so sad to say that we would lose that baby. A story that is for another blog post, but that baby deserves celebration. This day that I’m going on to blog about was filled with absolute joy. Not only did we see God’s incredible creation, but we were so ecstatic for this little bean that was growing in my tummy. I spent our entire hike, and every second of the days after, dreaming about this little one. And though I so wish that bean was still growing safely in my tummy, I look forward to the day that we’ll reunite in Heaven. ♥️After some celebrating and breakfast, we cleaned the house and checked out. We headed back towards San Jose. We originally had plans to visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest, but as we were routing, we realized we’d have to take another LONG stretch on gravel. Since we had popped one tire already, we wanted to avoid popping another. So we did some researching and stumbled upon the “Blue Falls of Costa Rica”. A tour of several BLUE (and freezing) waterfalls that are situated close to Catarata Del Toro on a privately owned reserved that borders two national parks 😱. We spent several hours hiking, crossing rapids, swimming and marveling at how insane this place was. (Well, Ty swam while I took photos because that water was FREEZING.) The tour ended up being private because we were the only ones there, and it was only $15/person (SUCH a great deal!)
This tour was probably both of our favorites; such a fun thing to “stumble” upon and we’re so glad we did! , We HIGHLY recommend adding it to your itinerary while in CR!
If you look closely at the photo below, you’ll see a sweet hummingbird that followed me a round for a good 20 minutes. 😭
We stayed in the most incredible home.
We saw the most incredible waterfalls.
And we had deep conversations.
Conversations about the season we were in last year; a season that was filled to the brim with joy. Conversations about the season we are in currently; a season that is filled to the brim with so much pain and sorrow. And conversations about what our next season will look like.
Though we aren’t 100% sure exactly what our next season will look like, we are sure that we will continue to choose to have peace, joy and righteousness in all circumstances because we know that one day Jesus will wipe away all of the sorrow and pain. All of it. And our hope continues to be in that truth.