Month: April 2017

Costa Rica: Sarchi & the Road to La Fortuna

Man plans and god laughs, right?

We had planned to visit the Poas Volcano on our first morning in Costa Rica.  Only half an hour north of our hotel in Alajuela, we were going to get up early, drive to the National Park, and hike to the summit.  On a clear day from the top of Poas, you’re able to see both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.  There’s not many places in the world you can see both of those oceans at once, and we were really looking forward to the hike!

As luck would have it, the park was shut down due to a recent eruption!  (Check out some of these articles for some information and neat pictures – 1, 23)  It was very cool to see the news stories, and talk with a few ticos (local Costa Ricans) about it, but we obviously couldn’t go hiking with the park closed.  The government had even ordered the closest portions of Alajuela province to evacuate!

With Poas out of the picture, we changed up our road trip, and drove northeast out of Alajuela!

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Costa Rica: San Jose

So by now, you know I was in Costa Rica last week.

And from my post Sunday, you know the trip was great.  Maybe short, but still a great time.  After flying into San Jose, the capital of the beautiful Central American country, we picked up our car and drove to the inn we snagged in Alajuela.  We dropped off our bags, and drove straight into the heart of the city for a quick taste of San Jose.

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Investing with Rewards

Hey everyone!

You know what I find really interesting?

All the stats on this blog, any blog, really.  Come to think of it, I guess I just like statistics!  (Hey, anyone that tells you travel hacking doesn’t attract folks with a geek side…is lying.)

It’s not a big blog over here in my corner of the internet, by any means, but there are enough people stopping by every month that I’m starting to see some trends.  One of the more interesting trends is seeing which posts are the most popular.

My write-up and first impressions on the American Express Platinum Card for Charles Schwab is still holding down third place for all time popularity!

I wrote that one when I opened up the card in July of 2016, and it continues to bring in an audience.  Last year, it was in 4th place for total views, even though it was only up for less than half the year!  Given the popularity, I thought I’d do some experiments with the Schwab card.

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Setting up JetBlue Family Pooling

So, this summer the kiddo has the privilege of jumping on JetBlue metal.  Guess what?  It’s a trip without me!

When I told him I booked his flight on JetBlue, he exclaimed, “Finally!  Something other than Southwest!”  I haven’t been on a JetBlue flight yet either, I suppose I owe that to the Companion Pass..

He’ll be going to visit some family on the West Coast, and I’m not heading up in the air with him this time.  Naturally, I signed him up for a JetBlue TrueBlue account, so he could earn miles on his flight.  Normally, I would have stopped there.

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