February 27, 2010 After bidding our friends adieu, we headed for Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano. Arenal erupted in 1968, wiping out three villages and killing scores of people, since then the volcano erupts on a regular but small scale. Our hotel overlooked the lake and volcano, both clearly visible. Soon after our arrival, we were treated to eruptions which continued off and on for about the next four hours. Around 10 P.M., clouds and rain moved in and hid the mountain from our view for the remainder of our stay. Our timing had been perfect. The sight of the lava pouring down the mountainside was a unique and thrilling experience for us.