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Galloping up to the Volcano

Costa Rica
Nov. 22, 2006

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On most horseback rides we've been on, they lead you carefully in a line -- mostly walking with the occasional trot. So we were pretty thrilled when our guide on this ride up to Arenal Volcano took off at a gallop, calling for our horses to join his in a run. We raced over meadows, and into the rain forests, then right up to the safety line, beyond which it's unsafe to go in the event of an unpredicted massive eruption (as happened in 2000 and 1968). The whole ride was an insurance nightmare -- and lots of fun.