We headed to Managua to pick up our friend Doug at the airport. He’ll be kicking it with us for a few weeks. He had an interesting flight (we’ll tell you about it soon) so we took him straight up to Volcan Maysaya once he landed. The beauty of this volcano is that you can drive right up to what they call ‘the mouth of hell’. Pretty cool stuff for a 5 year old and someone who just got off the plane.
You are encouraged to park your vehicle facing the exit… just in case.
The view was incredible, but the bugs were weird and out in full force. They didn’t seem to mind the sulfuric fumes.
We had planned to take Doug back to Granada for a few days, but decided instead to take him to Lago Apoya for some instant relaxation. We got in late, got our same room and headed straight out to the water to cool off.
Since summer began we seem to be on the backpacker’s circuit. We run into the same folks a lot. It’s good, seeing familiar faces and “catching up.” However, it has been a little disconcerting since we discovered they are generally closer to Bode’s age than ours.
Bode is now kayaking by himself and doing a really good job at it. And luckily for Doug, who he’d been pestering to play with him the entire day, he also continues to make friends with just about anyone who will talk to him. This time around he befriended a large group of traveler’s on the floating dock in the lake. He convinced everyone to jump into the water with him, investigate the slimy algae on the ladder and throw him in.
Later, we were floating in inner tubes and he was headed toward a group of young woman. I asked where he was going and he replied, “To the ladies” and then roared like a tiger. Hmm.