Arenal Mtn; Costa Rica

     On November 22nd, 2017; my wife Becky and I visited the Sand Dune (Arenal) Volcano in Costa Rica. 

Costa Rica, November 2017

     A stalwart member of the violent Ring of Fire that lights up the Pacific Rim, San Dune Volcano is a scientist’s dream volcano, (pictured below).

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

     In the shape of a perfect cone, it is one of the world’s most active volcanoes, spewing molten lava every 15 minutes and tossing out red-hot rocks the size of small houses every couple of hours, (pictured below).

Arenal Volcano spewing debris through the clowds

     The youngest of the country’s none active volcanoes, it was dormant from 1500 until 1968 when Arenal Mountain became know as a volcano. Completely burying three small villages, the volcano ruined more than 15 square miles of crops, forest, and property. (Pictured below), Becky and I are standing at the entrance of Arenal Volcano National Park.

Arenal National Park, Costa Rica 2017 (Looking North)

     (Pictured below), Becky and I found a very large tree in the jungle at the foot of the volcano, while hiking a trail.

A large Ficus Tree at the foot of Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Coming out of the jungle at the foot of Arenal Volcano
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