- 7:22 AM, Friday,
June 2nd, 2023:
- I feel
compelled to write now while everyone is getting ready
because this trip has already been such a whirlwind,
I'm not sure when I'll get another chance. This is
making June 2009 look lackadaisical. We're minutes
from jumping on a transport to go to the Arenal
Hanging Bridges which is already the
THIRD excursion and we arrived here on Wednesday.
- So this first
entry should be about the first video and this
is where it gets really difficult. I'm shooting
completely blind. Meaning - I shoot and shoot and
shoot and hope and hope and hope. When I'm back home I
will see what shots actually worked at which point
I'll know what the entries will be. In the history of
The Journey, that's never been the case. I've
ALWAYS been able to check the footage from the
day... THAT DAY. Like in the 90s that was
possible. Just not so right now. So I have to hope
that my 35 films of experience (and you'd better
fucking believe I'm calling them films) was enough to
make useable footage. The Arenal Volcano
SHOULD be first, and it SHOULD go
- Presuming it did?
Then I can wax poetic...
- So, as presumed,
it's warm here. Haaaaaaaaaaaaa. Like, really humid and
just... yeah. Shitty Ohio weather. These are the days
in Columbus where we all collectively said "fuck this"
and stayed inside or went to the pool. Climbing those
stairs? Nope. Climbing those stairs as smoothly as
possible holding heavy equipment? Whew. This was hard.
Karen had to finally sit and couldn't get to the top
of the hike. Which, I might add, is nowhere NEAR
the fucking peak. I mean, I don't know what I
expected, but gotDAMN this is kind of a misleading
ripoff. You could easily pay your $15 to hike the
trail and be done with it. There's nothing super
interesting other than the fact that you're standing
ON the old lava from 1968. That excitement soon passes
as it's just fucking stairs forever.
- But the views,
yeah, they were amazing. I mean - this volcano
looks FAKE guys. Like I'm on an Indiana Jones set, and
they did some ILM magic. It's bizarre. And it's
EVERYWHERE. Like this town 50 years ago had a fucking
TRAGEDY and they thought: "Let's build an entire
economy on pointing everyone TOWARDS the scene of
the crime." LMAO. But you can't help but stare - it's
"Getty Images" perfect when it comes to what you think
the shape of a volcano is. Crazy.
- Up next will be
one of the more beautifully bizarre days in my life.
Water, rum and chocolate....