Nica Snapshot: Volcan Masaya

It’s been a principle of mine that sharing an adventure with the world is secondary to having it in the first place and sharing it with those present.  Partially as a result of this principle (and mostly from trying to graduate) I’ve fallen way behind on sharing Nicaragua with you.  So now in retrospect I’ll post small snapshots of our trip.

Hiking the upper section of road to the top of Masaya
Hiking the upper section of road to the top of Masaya

Our second adventure in Nicaragua was hiking up Volcan Masaya (the first was driving in Managua).  We entered the park and drove to the visitor center.  Full of energy and ready to conquer Nicaragua, we hiked the stretch of road to the top (where one must take a taxi or shuttle to go or pay extra or something … we were still fresh at this developing nation travel thing).  The hike was beautiful, if sometimes discouraging due to being passed by cars and trucks.  But we got an experience that most who drive up pass right by.

Tree hugging on the slopes of MAsaya
Tree hugging on the slopes of Masaya

We then got to hide from rain in an interesting stone structure along with a random couple on a motorcycle.  We had lunch, failed at staying dry, and marveled at the beauty of clouds racing over volcanic slopes.

Fog rolling over the volcanic slope as we watch from our not-so-protective rain shelter
Fog rolling over the volcanic slope as we watch from our not-so-protective rain shelter

We did eventually make it up and saw the incredible crater — which spews a prodigious amount of poisonous gas and steam into the air!  It was spectacular to see, feel, and smell it — pictures do it no justice.

The steady wind could not drive away the dense, poisonous cloud hanging above the scorching crater
The steady wind could not drive away the dense, poisonous cloud hanging above the scorching crater

But we did also get video of bees up there — at the risk of James being stung of course.

So how close should we get this camera to that beehive? ... How close are you willing to go?
So how close should we get this camera to that beehive? … How close are you willing to go?

Tired as we were, we did not like the thought of walking down.  Since Cody injured a paw on the way up, the thought of carrying him down was even less appealing, so we took a taxi down and survived our first volcano in Nicaragua.

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