A little piece of paradise. In the rain.

Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Flag of Nicaragua  , Corn Islands,
Thursday, October 22, 2009

After two tough days of travel, primarily in the rain, I was convinced that I would wake up on Thursday morning on a tropical island on a beautiful sunny day, and pass all the time laying on the beach.  Unfortunately, when I woke up, it was pouring down rain :)

Little Corn Island, as it turns out, is absolutely beautiful.  The beaches on the far side of the island, while not as deep or as long as some others we've seen, have fine white sand, palm trees, and very very few people.  There are little cabins on the beach for $10 a night, or a nicer place set up on a cliff overlooking the beaches.  The northern part of the island is still fairly jungle-like for a nice hike through the woods.  It's great -- especially when it stops raining.  Unfortunately, as we're heading into the rainy season, that wasn't too often for us.

On our first day there, John and I took advantage of the clouds to skip the beach and head out diving.  One of the dive shops that we had talked to was heading out that afternoon to a place known for having a population of nurse sharks.  Sure enough, within the first few minutes of the dive, we had found our first nurse shark.  For those who aren't familar with the species, nurse sharks are among the most gentle types of sharks.  They spend most of their time laying in the sand, and no, they won't attack you unless you swim up and poke them a few times.  Over the course of the dive, we saw a total of six or seven nurse sharks.  We also saw two eagle rays and two sting rays (one sleeping, and one, amazingly enough, consuming a rather large and lengthy meal -- that was quite fun to watch!)

On our second day there, we were able to get in a little bit more beach time, for laying out in the sun, walking in the sand, and swimming in the ocean during the breaks in the clouds. 

When the time came for us to be heading on our way, we re-considered the two options for getting to the islands.  As much fun as that boat ride was, I thought it was time for a different sort of adventure.  As a result, John and I climbed aboard the tiniest little plane I've ever been on.  Although there was space for a few more, there were seven passengers and two pilots on the first leg of the journey.  After dropping off a few in Bluefields, we flew back to Managua with a grand total of six people in the plane.  I will say, though -- all the runways were paved.  There was no grass involved in the landings or takeoffs, which was a relief.
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