NOTE: As of 3pm CST: After being closed for nearly 18 hours, the Juan Santamaria International Airport is open once again. Instead of just deleting the post I thought I’d share it because who knows what will happen over the next 24 hours. Nature may still step in and stamp its authority on the beginning of my trip.
Turrialba Volcano! Never heard of it? Neither had I until about 7:15pm last night when word came down that the volcano had erupted causing the closure of Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica – the same airport I’m supposed to arrive at Saturday afternoon.
Turrialba erupted three times on Thursday and again this morning (Friday, 3/13) at 4:30am. Volcanic ash covered San Jose and closed the airport Thursday night and into Friday. After the eruption this morning, the airport was expected to reopen around noon. Shortly before noon I got word from tour organizers Tom & Carol Sykes that Turrialba had erupted again! As of this writing (2pm CST), the airport is closed again.
Located in the Cordillera Central mountain range, the summit of the volcano sits above 10,000 feet and is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica. Strong winds have carried the ash west disrupting visibility and coating the airport runways.
Well, that’s about it for now – just wanted to throw up a quick blog post. Hopefully the winds will carry the latest ash away from the airport and I’ll arrive as scheduled tomorrow. Either way, it’s out of my hands and not something to waste energy worrying about. Instead, I like to recognize it as a friendly reminder that this false sense of control we have is nothing more than an illusion and all we truly have is this moment. Bird It Up!
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