Fire burn and caldron bubble

I can’t help it.  I REALLY missed Halloween this year.   Last year we celebrated it 3 times: Halloween camping the weekend before, a giant house party the day before and then trick-or-treating in our neighborhood.  Oh yeah – and a pumpkin chunking party a few days later throwing rotting jack-o-lanterns off the roof of my friends’ new music studio.    Good times.

No we didn’t get to celebrate Halloween this year in Costa Rica – but we did get to see some amazing bubbling caldrons (also cauldrons) recently at Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

The park got it’s name from a legend about a witch living in the area.  A princess fell in love with the head of an enemy neighboring tribe.  Her father found out and threw her lover into the boiling hot crater of the volcano.

The princess went to live on the other side of the volcano and gave birth to a boy.  To allow the child to be with his father, she threw the baby into the volcano too.

For the rest of her life, the princess lived near the volcano and became a powerful healer.




I can’t even begin to describe how amazing Rincon de la Vieja is.  Around every corner is a new wonder to be discovered.  The trails are well designed and maintained and most people with an average fitness level can easily access it.  The trail to the volcano itself is closed and has been for the last ten years or so.

Don’t worry – you won’t miss it . . .






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