when you climb too close to the edge of a volcano. As you may recall, the family visited Volcan Masaya nearly a year ago in an attempt to get a few cool volcano pics. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to really hike around too much.
Since Peter and I had the day off today, and the kids rightfully went to school, we headed out towards Masaya to hike a wee bit. Okay, a lot a bit. We've got a walking competition going on at work, I've got my fitbit, and I figured hiking around a volcano has got to add a few steps, right? Well, minus the steps you lose when you slide a bit on little, slippery volcano rocks.
We actually tried to get a guide this time, but none were available at the visitor center. We had no desire to wait an hour and really didn't need one, so headed out to the crater by car. We parked our lone automobile in the lot, and found a map, albeit slightly confusing. We quickly found a trail to our left comprised of lots of lava rock and large logs that made a meandering staircase up the hill. This led us to a second trail which was a part of the San Fernando Crater and Trail.
We wandered a bit to the left of the crater, which somehow had us start to head back down to the parking area (yes, we probably would have turned around eventually, but...). We went back the way we came and then headed up a slowly steepening incline. We reached a midpoint, where a park ranger stood nearby relaxing under a tree, and we realized we had a panoramic view of the San Fernando crater (now dormant). It was a lush, green, untouched jungle paradise.
Despite our desire to climb even further, we realized we still had to tackle lunch in Granada, as well as a trip to a local leather shop, Soy Nica (they handcraft the items in the back of the store). I'll admit, I was also a teeeeny bit nervous. You know when you are a wee bit high in the air, there are no guardrails, and everything is at your own risk and so you decide maybe not to climb the highest hill? That was today. I felt a bit wimpish seeing a gaggle of folks hanging at the top, but figured we still have plenty of time here so we can tackle that another day...
We hoped to finish our hike with a trip up the steps to the Cruz de Bobadilla, but sadly the area is still closed off due to fears of a landslide. We don't want to tempt that fate, of course, so took one last view of the surrounding area, and then found ourselves leaving the park and headed to the lovely town that is Granada....
And just as this blog post was in process, a 7.4 earthquake hit the coast of El Salvador which is not so very far away. That shake back in April? It was bad, but this was much worse...felt like two earthquakes combined, with the second part being so strong I was sure we were going to lose a major appliance or two. It woke up Nick, ensured the girls won't sleep tonight, and the poor dog nearly had a heart attack. No word yet on damages in the area...at least we had a lovely day?