Icefields Parkway

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The drive from Jasper to Banff, through the Canadian Rockies, is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. According to the Icefields Parkway’s own website: “This is more that just traveling a mountain road; it’s a journey of the self and a celebration of protected wilderness grandeur.” I guess I can agree with that!

1. A Map

We stopped a number of times along the way. The first stop was at The Hike of Five Lakes. It is an fun, easy hike that goes by five different lakes all with different colors, beautiful. In the parking lot, we met a German couple who had just bought their vehicle and were on their way South. South as in South America! We exchanged stories and advice and gave them our Spanish textbook, some left over Costa Rican money and wished them a fantastic journey!

1. Hike of Five Lakes

2. Five Lakes

3. Trail

Not many people were on the road, so we mostly had it to ourselves. Beautiful, grand, spectacular – What more can one say!?

4. Icefield Parkway

5. Road

6. Honey Tanning

7. Mountains

8. Icy Lake

9. Taking it in

Summer Arrived in British Columbia

13. First Ever Timer Jump Shot
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The ferry arrived at Prince Rupert just after 1 am Saturday morning. We were asleep as the ferry reached the dock, but somehow woke up and were the last car off the boat. The Canadian border crossing was right as we were on dry land. Only a few minutes later, we were back in Canada! What a whirlwind of a trip to Alaska! Continue reading

Moab – Spectacular!

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In one day, one can travel between climates and landscapes as different as apples and oranges. We started out in crispy and beautiful Rocky Mountain weather. It had stopped snowing, which allowed us to see our surroundings! Highway I-70 took us West across the mountain range. We had heard that Aspen was nice this time of year, but decided it was too far out of our way to justify the detour. Continue reading

In Search of a Volcano

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When we were in La Fortuna, we (the Norwegian mountain goats + the Canuck) were overly keen to check out the famous Arenal volcano. Previously unbeknownst to us, due to past activity, the peak is completely shut for hikers. We drove up to the national park anyway, parked and started on the hike with our backpacks on. About 30 minutes in, we had reached the lava flow from the 1994 eruption and the grand finale of the hike. We snapped some photos, smiled, jumped, hiked around a couple hours and started talking about where to go to really see a volcano!

Siri Honey Arenal

Arenal volcano

Arenal Bloom

Arenal nature

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So what did we do? – Well, we did some research, changed our plan and drove to San Jose, yet again! According to our research, nearby Irazu volcano is Costa Rica’s highest volcano at 3432 meters above sea level. Also, there is a road that takes you all the way to the top with little or no effort other than patting your poor vehicle’s dash every now and then on the way up the hill. We set off early this morning after a 6 am breakfast and made it to the top of Irazu by 8:45 am.

Irazu volcano climb

Irazu volcano

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Irazu Siri Kyler

Irazu happy jump

Irazu drive down

Full score on Irazu volcano! We got up in (fairly) thin air, we got to see some serious volcanic craters and weird landscapes and we had a great day. The drive is pretty steep, but the road is in great condition. After parking, one can hike the summit and do a loop by two craters. We did it all! Half a day later, we had checked the volcano search off the list and were getting ready for another funlovingliving adventure: A classic Latin American football derby. Stay tuned!

La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano

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The last little drive to La Fortuna was beautiful, as the majestic volcano formed the backdrop of the scenery.

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Arenal horse

Arenal La Fortuna Siri Kyler

Arenal La Fortuna

Arenal volcano

In addition to viewing the volcano, La Fortuna has many activites to offer travelers. Rafting is one of these. I have jumped out of airplanes and off of bridges. I charge down hills on bikes, skis or boards, but I have never been white water rafting. The reason why is that I am scared! Today, that must change, as we are going rafting!!

On the Road Again

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We packed up and left Caribbean for the last time – on this trip anyways!

Kyler Honey

Our future fortune was the town of La Fortuna, situated just below the Arenal volcano.

Map Puerto Viejo La Fortuna

As we drove by banana plantation and the containers that transport them, the scenery changed rapidly as we moved inland.

Honey containers

Honey break view

About an hour away from La Fortuna, it was getting late in the afternoon and we decided to stop for the night. We followed signs to some fairly rustic bungalows with incredible views. At $30 a night, they were not the cheapest accommodation we have ever stayed at, but the nature made up for it.

Cabin life

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Early in the morning, Kyler and I woke up, brewed some coffee and watched a wealth of different birds from our stoop. Parrots, small birds, big birds, white birds, black birds and Tucans! Yes, we saw them all!

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Honey team

Team Funlovingliving back on the road – La Fortuna next!

The Story of San Cristobal de las Casas

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Here comes the story of how being in the city of San Cristobal changed our lives:

Kyler and Cowboy set off on a surfing adventure in the late summer of 2005. After several months, several beaches and a few boards later they decided to head inland in Mexico to get “cultured.” They arrived in the unique town of San Cristobal de las Casas with Ballzy the dog and a van called Twinky, which was tired from the climb up the mountain.

Meanwhile, Siri had been living in Cuba for a number of months and escaped in between hurricanes by hopping over to Mexico for a new adventure.

After a while backpacking around, she arrived in San Cristobal by bus early in the morning on November 14th. Keen for a coffee and some good ol’ people watching she headed to the town square, the so called zocalo. Kyler, Cowboy, Ballzy and Twinky stayed put in San Cristobal this beautiful November 14th as Twinky needed a little work at the mechanic. As Siri crossed the zocalo heading to the circular cafe she was surprised by a “Hola!” from a guy with a dog. The guy had a big head of hair and a bandana to keep it in place. She replied: “Hola!” and cruised on to the cafe. At guy with even bigger hair with a cap on top and a Canadian tuxedo (denim and denim) observed the scene from the circular cafe. Siri got up there, saw the handsome fella and decided to sit down in close proximity to him. As it turned out, Siri’s hand picked table was tippy. So tippy, the waiter recommended her to find another table. The handsome, most likely Canadian, fella is quick to offer, “You can sit here if you want!”

The very first of many photo of us together. Taken in San Cristobal november 2005.

Now on our honeymoon, almost seven years later, we return to this beautiful city in Southern Mexico to relive the magic moment when we met. Quite some time has passed since we were there last – will it still look the same? We asked ourselves the question as we drove from Coatzacoalcos on the Gulf of Mexico towards San Cristobal.

Coatzacoalcos-San Cristobal 333 beautiful kilometers

Checking out the coast at Coatzacoalcos. No surf! Next stop will be San Cristobal de las Casas.

We arrived in San Cristobal mid-day, pulled in and got a spot right at the zocalo. It was as beautiful as we remembered! And, even better, the handsome Canadian fella sat right in the same seat as he did seven years ago!

I walked up, the table was still tippy, and the handsome guy (who now happens to be my handsome husband!) said, “You can sit here if you want!” I did not have to think twice, of course! And he kissed me with all his might!

In order to stay in close proximity to the magic love spot we checked in to Hotel Santa Clara overlooking the zocalo. It is a beautiful hotel with an even more beautiful view.

We later ventured out to find the location of our very first kiss. It was at a bar called Revolucion. We found it, still there and running! We went straight in and kissed outside the bathrooms, which is where Kyler found the courage to kiss me for the first time.

Today has been spent in romantic ways. Breakfast at our favourite cafe, guess where? At the zocalo! A walk up a hill to see the view. Some market action. A wonderful mole meal for the sum of $2 and quite a while on the white porcelain throne – we are after all in Mexico! Ciao for now – more on San Cristobal de las Casas later.