. We had a half hour break at the bar before we were off again. We paddled over to a small island inhabited by monkeys which our guide fed fresh coconut. The monkeys clearly had been fed a few times before but it was still cool to see as much as I dislike monkeys. The paddling took us through a few more small islands before making a stop at an old Spanish fort on one of the outskirt islands. It was neat to see but the near noon sun was directly over our head and it was extremely hot. After the visit we paddled back to the shore where we started. Since the water near the shore was so shallow, the lake water was extremely hot. It was like being in the hot springs which didn't help as we cooked all the way back. After paying for the activity we returned to the hotel for a quick rinse before lunch.
Our group had lunch at the same place Gina and I had breakfast. The food was again really great. After lunch our tour leader took us on a tour through town. It was around 38C out and much hotter in the sun so we sort of jumped from shade to shade. The highlight was probably the hammock factory that provides jobs to the deaf and the blind. You could get a custom made hammock shipped home but we weren't quite sure what to do with it once there. After the tour we had a free afternoon in Grenada since our volcano tour in the evening was cancelled due to too much volcanic activity recently
. Instead we bought some supplies and the found a few people from our group enjoying happy day (since happy hour lasted all day) at an Irish pub near our hotel. It worked out to $1 per drink so I had 6... We returned to the hotel afterwards and had more drinks by the pool. We needed to sample the local rum as apparently it has won numerous awards around the world. It was so smooth and good. Following a good swim it was time for supper. The rum was taking full effect by then so we ended up at somewhere close that was recommended. The portions were huge and fairly good. I couldn't even finish my meal as it was a steak with salad, rice and fries. Afterwards Gina returned to bed while I went out with a few from the group to a Beatles themed restaurant and bar. The drinks were a rip of by Nicaraguan standards as I could get 10 happy day drinks for the price of 1 at this place. The drink was good, I had a hibiscus based rum cocktail but not worth the price even at home. We returned to the hotel afterwards.
Tomorrow we modified our itinerary and are getting an extra day at the beach. We are heading out early and spending the day on the Pacific coast before returning inland to go to Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua. Should be a lot of fun.
It was an early morning today as we needed to be up and fed before our planned kayak tour of the isletas in lake Nicaragua. We ate at one of the recommended restaurants near our hotel and wow we were not disappointed. The food was amazing and huge portions for the price. We had lots of fuel for the paddling ahead of us. We met the others from our group and our guide in the lobby of our hotel after breakfast and we were off. The drive to the lake front was a short one. They quickly got us outfitted with life jackets and paddles and before long we were off paddling towards the isletas. The wind was in our face heading out but once we got between the small islands on the lake it got a lot easier. We paddled in and out of the small islands for about an hour and a half before stopping on one of the islands that had a restaurant and bar. It didn't matter that it was 9:30am, it was time for a drink. I had a rum and coke while Gina had a mojito. Nothing like drinking before 10:00 on a weekday