Life's a Beach... in Nicaragua!

Trip Start Jan 22, 2006
Trip End Jun 23, 2009

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

I woke up a bit groggy, but in much better shape than Maria... who had drank most of the night and was planning on spending the day in bed. However, I had to get out of SanJuan del Sur with Ben, Bex, Bob and Helen (the whinny Dutch girl). After running around town gathering supplies for the next few days at the beach (we were told there were no stores), we were off! I was lucky enough to jump in the back seat of an air conditioned truck, so it wasn't so bad. Once at the main beach area we got settled in our room, before heading to the beach for a dip. Since it is the Pacific Ocean, this water was very cold and refreshing, but you can't stay in too long before freezing. After watching a breathtaking sun set, I spent a majority of the rest of the night in a hammock reading.

After a horrible nights sleep, where I was woke up at 3 am by some guy, who showed up in the bunk above me and who wasn't there when I went to bed at 11 and took it upon himself to turn the overhead fan off... which means I was sweating like crazy! I was not a happy camper, but when I finally woke up at 8... he was gone! It was if I had imagined the whole thing. Anyway, I spent most of the morning getting organized to move out of the room with the horrible bed and into my hammock. Cause if I am going to be carrying around this big hammock, I had better use it when I can. Helen finally left too, that is after having a cry session to me about a guy she had traveled with for two weeks, and fallen in love with... the problem is that he doesn't love her back. So it was a big let down to have to listen too... but I did the good thing and listened intently. Massie, a girl Ben and Bex met in Guatemala, also showed up this morning. She is a really nice little English girl. Anyway, once we were all situated with our hammocks and tents (Ben and Bex camped), we headed down the road to another beach. After a while of being smashed by big waves (Bob and I got killed) we had a nice little lunch at a little place. We then walked up the beach to check out surf board rentals, however had a lot more fun playing with hermit crabs. Bob, Bex and Massie found a whole bunch of hermit crabs behind a sign trying to stay out of the sun until high tide came up. Bob had stuck a stick in to stir them all up... there were so many! We each then grabbed a few and had a hermit crab race on the beach. Bex's crab won and mine came in a close second. All the other crabs never even made it off the starting line. Later that night we all sat in awe of another beautiful sun set.

Well, sleeping on the beach in a hammock is not as much fun as it sounds. The wind was howling all night, which freaked me out, and my stupid little hammock (which is great for lounging and reading) is horrible for sleeping in. At about 2 am, after not sleeping a wink, I got up and asked Ben and Bex if I could sleep in the tent with them. They are such great people, they said sure and Bex actually got up and went to sleep in a different hammock.

After another night of bad sleep, I was ready to get away from the beaches and almost headed back with Bob (who had something wrong with his eye). However, Bex talked me into staying one more day in order to do some surfing. Even though I was really crabby. We changed over into the hotel where we had lunch the day before, where they have big hammocks that I hope to be able to sleep in. The four of us then headed down to the surf beach to test out our surf skills. However, when we got there we were told that the tide was out and there were too many sting rays in the water... YIKES! So after a while of sitting in the surf shop, we went in for a swim anyway. Bex had heard that in order to not get stung you need to shuffle your feet along the bottom... "Shuffle, shuffle"! While hanging out in the surf shop, we met a David (from Chicago) who was on a short holiday. Finally, late in the afternoon, we were able to get boards and give it a whirl. I had been surfing one other time about a year and a half ago, but I had forgotten everything I was taught. I was still able to swim out past the break and I could catch the waves... but they too were pretty big and I just crashed really hard. Bex was a bit worried about me, but like always, I came in with a smile on my face. I spent the rest of the day on the smaller waves that were closer in, which was just as fun. After watching another amazing sunset while walking back to our hotels. We all had dinner and ice cream before calling it a night.

The next morning, Massie, David and I jumped in the back of a truck to get away from the beaches. Thanks to David, I was ten pounds lighter. He was heading back to the states and agreed to take my hammock (since I can't sleep in it) and ship it to my sister. Thanks again, David!
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