Reunited and It Feels So Good Part 2:

Day 3 with my brother and his family.

So if you read my last post you already know that the trip got a little bit of a rough start when the airline lost my brother’s families luggage.  Well, Sunday eventing they were still saying they had no idea where it was. Finally, after staying on (harrassing) the Costa Rica airport they called Eric at about 11pm Sunday night.  They had located the luggage and they would be at my house with the luggage within the hour…..well, it was 2 hours but we were so happy to see all the bags.  This picture was taken at 1am.  Eric and I were the only ones awake.  IMG_0287That next morning (Monday) we got up to go visit the Irazu volcano.  Nathan had to work so Eric and I drove the cars.  We had a boy car and a girl car.  We left a little before 8 that morning trying to beat the rain.  Here are some pictures of the trip up there.

When we got to the top unfortunately we were not able to see anything because the fog was so thick and it was SLEETING!!! Yes, sleeting.  We, of course, made the best of it though and had fun and then headed back down the mountain.

We hadn’t been gone from the top of the mountain 15 minutes when Rebecca and I realized that we hadn’t seen my brother behind us for a while. Neither one of us had a great signal but we tried calling him and surprisingly he answered but what he said scared us to death…..”I HAVE NO BREAKS!!” Keep in mind that we are pretty much going straight down hill and he has our 2 boys with him. Somehow he figured out a way to pull over and we went back and found them.  Luckily, he was able to stop at an area that had enough of a shoulder for both of us.  We talked about out options for a few minutes and Eric was convinced if that if he had the tools and some break pads he could fix the car……I had no doubt that he could fix it but we were literally in the middle of nowhere!  I called Nathan and between the 2 of us we were able to communicate with our insurance agent and eventually get a tow truck.

THIS WAS NOT EASY!!!  The language barrier, and the fact that my phone wasnt working very well was very frustrating. It was also very hard to make them understand our location for the tow truck.  I am so thankful that my brother was there and that he was the one driving that vehicle. We were all able to keep our cool and the kids were troopers.  It was a pretty scary experience and I am proud of how we were able to handle it.  Another very frustrating part of this story is that Nathan had just had that truck checked out from front to back and they didn’t notice anything wrong with it…..they did after we had it towed to them and they reevaluated it.

We found a really good restaurant to eat at while we waited for the tow truck….and did I mention that it was raining???? They had a playground for the kids which was very helpful.

We were able to watch the tow truck take our truck right by the restaurant and the kids got a kick out of that.  We also had to put 10 of us in my 7 passenger explorer for the almost 2 hour ride back.  This is definitely not how we had planned for the day to go, well, actually the whole vacation so far had kind of not gone as planned, but we were all surviving and making the best of it.

That evening we did see the most beautiful sunset and rainbow both going on at the same time.  If you looked one way from our house you could see the rainbow and the other was the sunset.  It was a great way to end the day.

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