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The Explorer and the Navigator Take An Adventure

#45 – Explore a road less travelled

My partner loves to head off the beaten track. It doesn’t matter whether we’re in Canada or Costa Rica, the small paths that lead to destinations unknown beckon to him. He can’t resist the urge to see what’s around “the next corner” (and the one after that, and the one after that …). Me, I’m all about maps and trying to figure out where we are (my role is usually the Navigator, after all) so when he suddenly turns left instead of right, I’ve learned it’s best to just toss the map aside and see where the adventure takes us.

This happened a lot while we were in Costa Rica. One day, as we were leaving the Rincon de la Vieja volcano area, he saw a road that seemed to head cross-country toward Miravalles Volcano, an area we wanted to see. My map suggested the best route (in other words, the one with paved sections) was the one we’d come up. He just smiled, turned left, and we were off.

The road was rocky and very hilly. Every valley seemed to have a school (and very few houses). The views from hilltops were breathtaking. Wind turbines dotted the horizon and, as the road curved this way and that, we gradually drove right past the white giants steadily w-h-o-o-s-h-i-n-g in the bright sunlight.

Gentle giants

We even found 13 hectares for sale with a great view of the valley and the long line of volcanoes.

Oh, so tempting!

We had no idea where we were, or where we were going. And … it was fun. đŸ™‚

Eventually, the road flattened out as we drove across a plain and into the town of Guayabo (finally something I could locate on the map!) The guidebook mentioned a number of hot springs in the area so we continued to explore. We drove down a long country lane to what we thought might be Termales Miravalles, and turned into the driveway.

A large swimming pool flanked by a round pool and another smaller pool stretched out in front of us. At the edge of the furthest pool, two men seemed to be moving dirt around. Hmmm, was the place open? The peak tourist season was drawing to a close, after all.

One of the men came over and I asked in Spanish if they were open. Of course! he said. He showed us to the change rooms and said that we could have lunch in about an hour.

We stepped into the round pool and sighed with pleasure. From there, we had an amazing view of the Miravalles volcano.

Miravalles Volcano

Birds sang and flew above our heads, the wind rustled the leaves in the trees, and we had the entire place to ourselves for the afternoon.

My view of Termales Miravalles from the round pool

I’m beginning to learn that the best adventures are often found when you take the road less traveled.

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  • Julie Wise is …

    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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