We spent a few nights in Leon just bouncing around; it's a cute colonial city with 10 churches in a 5 block radius and its own skate park. Skate park?? WOWWW!! I know, its not a ton to report on, but we did enjoy a beer on a roof.
One of the churches with its historic lighting
Sunset over a skate park
Here is what was accomplished in 2 days:
-1 hour drive to the first volcano
-2 hour hike up the youngest volcano in Nicaragua
-Throwing our bodies down said volcano, riding a "volcano board" which was basically a poorly made snowboard
-I got a bee sting!!
-Hiking straight up a volcano, for 3 hours, with a 35lb bag strapped to me- much heaving happening at the top
-Setting up camp next to a massive crater that could have been a movie set from 'Aliens'
-Campfire, the most delicious s'more I have ever worked for, fall asleep at 9pm
-Up at 5:30am for the sunrise..wowwww
-Put those shoes back on (ow, blisters!) and the bag on some sore shoulders and hike for another 4 hours down some seriously unstable and un manicured terrain
-Finally making it to a lake for a shower/dip
-Put the bag back on and hike up another steep hill for another hour
-Take 2 buses back to Leon and crawling back into the tour office from exhaustion
I only had two moments of being on the verge of tears, but those were outweighed with my feelings of accomplishment. Michael was also, again, the definition of support and kept me going when all I wanted to do was throw my walking stick and pout on the side of the hiking trail.
It was absolutely amazing and the perfect introduction to the kind of sights Nicaragua has to show off. Now, it's time for the beach. Give me a hammock and food that hasn't been sitting in my backpack for two days.
Finally sitting down and taking the pack off for the first time. Heaven.