Rob and Don outside our hotel in Grenada
Typical street in Grenada
Catholic country - many churches and cathedrals
Lots of dogs around as well. They were all well behaved
Lunch in Grenada
Panaromic from the belltower of the previous church
The whole crew. Brian, Judy, Don, Rob, Jen, Melissa, Will
Taxi to take us to San Jorge where we will catch a ferry to Omatepe Island in Lake Nicaragua
Hammock in back of truck
The ferry we took
The small ferry which has been known to cause stomach distress
Tight fit between the cars to get on
Don and Jen on the ferry. Volcano Conception in the background
Volcano Maderas to the right
Arriving at Ometepe Island
Conception is about 1600m high, Madras about 1400m
The local beer truck, first off the ferry!
Jen piloting the ship
And then Judy
The crew on the island
Celing fan in one of the hotel rooms
Runway on the island. The road needs to be shut down to use the runway.
We took a biking trip from the hotel to Point Jesus Maria after arrival to watch the sun set
Conception in the background
Patterns in the sand
Point Jesus Maria
Pig rooting along the beach
Dinner with Jen and Don
And Judy and I
This is where the pre-race meeting was held. Charco Verde
Morning of the race, a bit before the 4am start
Survival runners had to carry a chicken the first few miles. All chickens were OK after their adventure
Survival runners bundling 50lb of wood they would have to carry
Jen during the race
Thru the bananna trees
and along the beach
Typical aid station
With cows crossing the road next to it
Petroglyph while climbing Volcano Maderas
View part of the way up the climb
Looking back at Volcano Conception from Maderas
Starting to get a bit "rooty"
This is the lead survival runner at the time. He finished 2nd. Only 2 out of 38 survival runners finished. he is carying a 25 foot bamboo pole up the volcano
Jen catches back up to me on the climb
Big step down
At the lake in the caldera.
Panromic climbing back out of the caldera
Trail on the climb out
Water line aong the trail
I've now finished the first 50k. I get to head back around the island to volcano Conception.
Back along the beach again
Maderas behind me now
Lots of running along roads and thru towns for the 20 miles between the volcanos. The blue arrows were all we had to go with
Have now circled around Conception. A bit more then I get to start climbing it. We only climb it to about the flat spot you see in this picture. The sun is about to set.
Snake in the middle of the trail on the way down. About 4 feet long, but fairly slim
Race is done. Many of the runners are helping out with the kids race the following morning, where about 600 kids from the island are given a pair of shoes and a shirt when they finish the 3k race.
Lead runner in the kids race
Many of the kids were running carying their new shoes
Youngest runner I can recall seeing
Recognition ceremony for the kids
One of the survival runners
It was very windy this morning. Lots of dust blowing around.
Will and Melissa
This is the hotel we stayed at while on the island
Awards ceremony for the race
Jen was 3rd female in the 50k.
Got a horse mask, which is a typical Nicaraguan award
In the afternoon, we went to Ojo de Agua, a spring fed pool they have built
This was also one of the aid stations for the survival runners. They got to drop their wood here before shimmying up a tree to get a flag.
Local stone carving
Dinner - this is a typical Nicaraguan dish, Indio Viejo (Old Indian)
Waiting for the 9am ferry to leave
It didn't! No more ferry ran all day due to the wind. Melissa and Rob missed their flight the next day because of this.
After waiting 7 hours unsuccessfully for a ferry, Jen and I rented motorcycles and drove around the island for a few hours.
The 5am ferry made it out the next morning. We later heard that only the 5am and 6am ferrys went this day, so we were super glad we got up early to catch this one.
A big ferry left the same time we did, on the smaller ferry.
Point Jesus Maria, as viewed from the ferry
It did get a bit tippy during the ride. I thought it was fun
Taxi to take us back to Managua. I missed the picture of a semi passing a semi, both coming at us. We just got further to the right, creating 3 lanes. You must drive very cautiously in Nicaragua
Stopped in Masaya for breakfast on the way back. This is also a traditional dish. Rice and beans (gallo pinto) along with a fried banana, fried cheese, and some scrambled eggs with some peppers in them.
A church in Masaya
This is typical walking around the streets in Nicaragua. Lots of holes in the middle of a sidewalk with nothing to warn you.
Still in Masaya
Darth Vader selling newspapers
The old market. Now more of a tourist trap selling knick-nacks
We are now in Managua. Jen and I took a trip into part of the older city to sight-see for a bit. This is the old cathederal, which was damaged by a major earthquake in 1972. It has not been repaired since, due to lack of funds. This earthquake was a central turning point in the country's history, which led to the Sandista Insurrection
Memorial to Ruben Dario, a famous Nicaraguan poet
Memorial to the revolution
Lake Managua, to the north of the city