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Ometepe: Lakeside Paradise

Laura and I have moved on from San Juan del Sur to the lush island paradise of Ometepe. Since arriving three days ago we have hiked the smaller of the two volcanos on the island, Maderas, a 1400 meter high volcano that at times involved us scrambling on hands and knees to go up. The trek took a total of 7 1/2 hours. The four hours up were difficult and our traveling companions helped urge us along and without them I doubt we would have summited the mountain. After our lunch on the mountain top we were feeling energized and ready to begin our descent, only to discover that the descent was harder then the climb, we were on our butts and scrambling through the mud all the way down the mountain. It was only at the bottom that I found out that the guide and Ian one of our traveling friends had been racing and running down the hill and nearly killed themselves running off a cliff. When we got to bottom we had a celebratory beer and the endorphins started flowing, we were all happy to be done with the mountain, but proud of our accomplishment.

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The group before the climb; left to right Laura, Alouette, Bruce, Ian, Ryan and Drew.

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Foliage on the hike from a vantage point looking down the slope.

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Mist drifting down the mountain.

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Laura and I at the halfway point of the hike, and the best vantage on the mountain.

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The summit party, all smiles after conquering the mountain. Little did we know what came next.

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Bruce, Ian and our guide, Bismark, in the moss forest.

It was a difficult day, but definitely an accomplishment to remember for years to come!

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Maderas from the beach on Ometepe.

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