Nicaragua Day 5

We are officially over half way with our trip. I can see it changing the people in our group, especially myself and I love it. This morning when I took a hot shower, I was truly thankful for running water and heat in the shower. The shower before that was freezing cold with no heat. And there was a time in there with no shower and no water. I know when we get home each who are on this trip will look around in amazement over all that we so graciously enjoy in WI.

We started the day with lots of life at sunrise. I laid in bed trying to ignore it, but the birds, roosters, crickets, cleaning, and daily hustle were calling. But it was okay, although 5:40 is just SO EARLY! The hotel we stayed at was full of eye candy. It was so unique. Like most hotels here we each had our own little cabana.

 All the rooms were this cute.

All the rooms were this cute.

 We took lots of great photos at this neat wall at the hotel. Group photos. There are 19 people along with us and some friendships have definitely bloomed.

We took lots of great photos at this neat wall at the hotel. Group photos. There are 19 people along with us and some friendships have definitely bloomed.

From here we left with some new friends and went to a beautiful over look in the mountains before leaving town and heading to the volcano.

 I know this plant is vandalized, but at the same time, I love seeing the marks of life and others being in a place where you are. This was on the path to the overlook.

I know this plant is vandalized, but at the same time, I love seeing the marks of life and others being in a place where you are. This was on the path to the overlook.

 This is the beautiful overlook. Way off in the distance you can see the Masaya Volcano. We also went there today.

This is the beautiful overlook. Way off in the distance you can see the Masaya Volcano. We also went there today.

After saying good bye to our friends we made our way to a learning center. This center was in a family's home. Originally it was in a Church but at some point they had to leave. The sad part about it is that they used to have a great oven that was a donation. Now they still have a gas oven, but they're baking classes are limited, since it can just back one cake at a time. After they presented themselves a few sweet girls shared some poetry with us. Those two things are what you see here along with the oven.

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 On the way to the volcano we came across a cashew tree. This is Rachel, she's showing off how cashews grow-on the outside of the plant-the black thing at the bottom is the still "Green" cashew. But I guess it's almost ripe.

On the way to the volcano we came across a cashew tree. This is Rachel, she's showing off how cashews grow-on the outside of the plant-the black thing at the bottom is the still "Green" cashew. But I guess it's almost ripe.

Afterwards we headed towards the volcano. This volcano has a story, it was used for sacrifices with the indigenous people. Here is a bit about it from the website:

The Masaya Volcano National Park comprises an area of 54 km² and includes two volcanoes and five craters. The volcanoes have erupted several times in history, and were feared by both the indigenous people and the Spanish conquerors. The Spanish baptized the active volcano "La Boca del Infierno" or "The Mouth of Hell". They planted a cross, "La Cruz de Bobadilla" (named after Father Francisco Bobadilla), on the crater lip in the 16th century in order to exorcise the Devil.

The eruptions have had a dramatic impact on the surroundings. Rocks and volcanic ashes still cover the area surrounding the volcanoes. The nature is rough yet peaceful. Different types of vegetation appeared after the eruptions. The park is also inhabited by many different kinds of animals. The park's wildlife includes coyotes, skunks, raccoons, opossums, deer, iguanas, and monkeys.

There are several trails that lead to the other craters and the Tzinaconostoc Cave in which hundreds of bats house. Those trails distance vary between 1.4 and 5.9 kilometers, but are closed to the public for now.

I have lots of detailed photos of this volcano, but for now I will just share a few...

 You are only allowed to stay up there for a brief period of time now because it's active. If you come in the evening you can actually see it glowing.

You are only allowed to stay up there for a brief period of time now because it's active. If you come in the evening you can actually see it glowing.

 For a second the smoke died down for me to really see the eye of the volcano.

For a second the smoke died down for me to really see the eye of the volcano.

There are 19 of us on the bus plus a lot of luggage over the top. Perhaps driving up the volcano was rough because on the way down we got a flat tire. But here in Nicaragua they expect that. There was a tire pit stop that changed it in less than 20 minutes. Like a slow version of the race track, but still really quick!

 Flat fixed in a jiffy.

Flat fixed in a jiffy.

 These cow crossing signs are everywhere here. Maybe we should see more of them in WI...

These cow crossing signs are everywhere here. Maybe we should see more of them in WI...

After this we made our way into our home for the night, Granada. It's a beautiful place, named after Granada Spain. It's very safe, after settling into the hotel we were able to go out on our own. We did some shopping on the square, had dinner in the street, listened to music and enjoyed the atmosphere.

 I wish I had a better photo, but regardless, this lady sold me some amazing hand made jewelry that will be for sale at The Local in Wausau as a W/NP Fundraiser.

I wish I had a better photo, but regardless, this lady sold me some amazing hand made jewelry that will be for sale at The Local in Wausau as a W/NP Fundraiser.

 After Abishua watching this man play this crazy looking instrument the owner of it let him try. It was a really neat sounding thing and just one of the many sounds in this energetic night life environment.

After Abishua watching this man play this crazy looking instrument the owner of it let him try. It was a really neat sounding thing and just one of the many sounds in this energetic night life environment.

There is always so much more to share. I wish I had the energy and internet for longer in the day so I could do so. We can always talk more when I get home. Good night all!

Rosalind Kealiher