Day 1 - Monday, December 10, 2012 - Depart U.S.; Arrive San José, Costa Rica
We woke up at 4:30 am to -1 degrees and chilly winds. The day before we had had about six inches of snow. It has been so mild and dry this fall, we were happy to have a little moisture.
All of our bags were ready to go and the house was organized for our friend Tim who will be staying with our cat Buddha. How reassuring to know Tim is there while we travel!
By the time we left at 5:30, there was quite a bit of traffic on the interstate. The plows had been out and the snow had been cleared. We noticed that as we drove north there was very little snow at all.
The toll road was clear and the 32 miles on E470 took us right to DIA and the parking area. A shuttle pulled up right next to the car and waited for us to get our bags and lock the vehicle. What service!
We reached the Delta counters and used the kiosk to get checked in and receive our boarding passes. Many of the agents were just arriving for work so there was a line backed up waiting to check bags.
Security was standard for a busy Monday morning, but there were no delays and we rode the train to Terminal C and then walked the short way to Gate 40. Gennie called our son Eduardo to let him know we were on our way.
Our B757-200 left the jetway at 9:00, right on time. We had a smooth take-off and in no time at all we were at our cruising altitude of 39,000 feet. As usual, the flight was full and it seemed each passenger had a huge carry-on roller bag.
Gennie got a new iPad mini so she practiced writing the journal of the first leg of our journey making the time go quickly. The pilot had to negotiate around a huge thunder storm making us a bit late arriving.
We finally arrived in Atlanta and then had a two hour lay-over until our flight to San Jose, Costa Rica was scheduled to leave at 5:30. Our gate was at the very end of Terminal E which gave us a good opportunity for exercise today.
Because of the storms, the flight from Raleigh, North Carolina was late, which delayed our departure for 45 minutes. We left Atlanta on our Boeing 737 with promises from the pilot to try to make up as much time as he could.
We had opted for the extra leg room in Economy Comfort which gave us a little more space for the four hour flight. Both of us agreed that the money was well spent!
Our arrival time in San Jose was 9:00, only 30 minutes past our original scheduled time. A representative from OAT met us as we came out from immigration and customs.
After a short ride to the hotel we got a few things unpacked for our pre-trip that begins tomorrow. The air-conditioning works and the Wi-Fi is fast; that and a shower and a good night's sleep and we will be ready for our Costa Rican adventure.
Accommodations: TRYP San Jose Sabana Hotel
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This journey seems like old times!! Did you have a coatamundi greet you at the hotel like we did at Flores? Have fun - wish we were there.
Looks like you are at the beginning of a wonderful trip. Hope you have a wonderful and safe time.
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Are you on the National Park Tour - we did it several years ago! LOVED Corcovado - there were only 2 of us on the pre-trip!
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