Boarding Fun

Trip Start Dec 25, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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Flag of Nicaragua  , Leon,
Saturday, February 23, 2013

It doesn't matter that you can see there is 50 plus people that made it down perfectly fine. It's that one person who fell off and managed to scrape all the skin of the left side of his calf. It's the one story that was told about the guy who crashed into his friend and lost all the skin on the top of his hand while his friend walked away with a couple of cracked ribs. It's stories like these that make it seem like one of those, 'What the f... am I doing?' moments.

The 45 min hike up Cerro Negro is enough time to really let those knots in your belly tighten. The view, once you reach the top, of the 40 degree slope you're about to descend down makes those stories of possible pending injuries seem so much more plausible! Then, you are set up at the top ready to go, running through all the safety precautions in your head, the tour guide at the bottom with a speedometer. And... GO!

Volcano boarding, an intense and fast way to come down the side of a charcoal covered mountain. 96km/hr was the record to beat! None of us got there, but we all gave it a red hot go! And I mean red hot. The heat on your butt cheeks increased as you leant further back to pick up more speed. Hundreds of little rocks fly covering your face in soot. The wind catches your hair as you race to the bottom. Any apprehension previously felt melted away once you crossed the finish line at the end of the run and you were completely in tack. All one thought about now was and doing it all again and making a better time!

We followed up volcano boarding with a full moon hike up Telica Volcano. Thankfully it was no where near as cold as the Santa Maria hike in Xela! One of the most active volcanos in Nicaragua, we start making our way up to the crater just before sunrise. Nine times out of ten you can see the lava pool 120m below clear as day. Luck was not on our side. The crater was smoking thick sulfur clouds leaving us with no visibility and the stench of rotten eggs! We still took our chances peering over the edge, hoping to get a break in the constant flow of smoke and a glimpse of the red puddle bubbling below.

Unlucky with the lava, we still a managed to enjoy a beautiful sunrise with the full moon still high on one side of the sky and the bright sun rising over the hills on the other!

Extra: Leon was HOT and there were not many places we knew we could go to cool down. After wandering the town in search of some crisp air conditioning we walked into the only place we knew we could enjoy the crisp cool flow of some not so stagnant air, the Cinema. It was here that Solomon's love hate relationship for the movie Lincoln began.
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Anne on

OMG Now I have heard it all - volcano boarding and it looks like so much fun! Fantastic!

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