Nicaragua dreamin' (or Finner vs the volcano)

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  1. Finner

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    I fell in love with travel very young. It is one of the most important and shaping things in my life. By now I have hit well over 50 countries with no slowing down in sight. Anyhow, this time it was Nicaragua. It was supposed to be a nice relaxing surf vacation but turned into so much more.

    After renting a shoddy 4x4, and a 3.5 hour drive from Managua (the last half hour some serious off road) my wife and I arrived in..... PARADISE!

    Our perfect little hut in the jungle
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    image.png The local flora & fauna was nothing but spectacular
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    I found a cave carved out by the pacific that became my daily lunch spot to escape the noonday sun. Fresh fruit and my trusty companion.
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    Waiting for the perfect wave as documented by my beautiful and VERY understanding wife
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    A Scandinavian style sheath made by a Canadian boy from palm fronds on a Nicaraguan beach. I'm thinking its a first! Ha
    image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg And finally another bucket list item checked off. For many years I have dreamed of walking the rim of an active volcano. It DID NOT disappoint! At the same time the most breathtaking and terrifying thing I have ever seen. Photos cannot do justice....
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    image.jpeg image.png image.png image.jpeg If any of you folks have the means and inclination I would strongly recommend throwing a bit of money around these parts. Some of the finest people you will meet and they could really use it.
    Thanks much for looking. Hope you enjoyed. Cheers.
     
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    Nice trip and pics. Thanks for sharing. That monkey/chimp? looks seriously pissed in that one pic.
     
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    You had a way better experience there than I did.
     
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    Cool trip report Finner! Glad you guys had a good trip and are home safe. The little stool is kind of like a project I'm currently working on.
     
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    Haha. It was a troup of 12 howler monkeys. They have very loud low "barks". Letting me know to stay away from the babies I think.
     
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    EPIC trip my friend! Looks like a great time with great photos :dblthumb:.

    That volcano is so cool, I have always wanted to check one out too! We have volcanos here but they are the pansy kind with no lava (actively bubbling at the surface at least) or anything cool like that.

    Edit: Forgot to mention, every time I see monkeys I can't help but think "wonder what those would taste like?" lol.
     
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    Glad you enjoyed buddy!
    And it is a very oily, strong smelling dark meat. Only had it once before but I was sick as a dog for two days after. Could have been the sanitation conditions rather than the meat though....
     
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    Wow! Your life experiences never cease to amaze me.

    I would have thought it would be more like a deep red meat, tasting excellent due to the diet of fruits but that would depend on the time of year and several other variables I would imagine. I would totally try it if afforded the chance :D.
     
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    The volcano pics are like looking into the gateway of Hell...as close to that as I need to be
     
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    @Bitterroot Native just so people don't get the wrong idea, I'm not necessarily advocating bushmeat, especially amongst non-locals. Pretty heavily frowned upon nowadays.
     
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    Outstanding TR and photos. I think I'm lacking more than money and inclination to make a trip like that. I've found it dangerous enough within my own borders....
     
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    What an experience! Amazing photos, as well. That volcano is intense....but I think the palm frond sheath impressed me most...
     
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    I hear ya. Many folks are weary of travel nowadays but don't believe the hype. I sympathize with your last statement as well. Truth be told the sketchiest evening I ever spent on this planet was in west Baltimore!
     
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    Thanks for that bud! Fun little project but not quite birch bark durability! Ha
     
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    Thank you. I really just want guys to see what's out there. It's a big beautiful world.
     
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    EXCELLENT! Good TR, glad you had a good time bud.

    Not to mention the tail would make a sweet little quiver... Just saying.. Also, monkey mittens. If only for the way it rolls off the tongue!
     
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    Hahahahahaha
     
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    That would be quite possibly THE coolest pair of mittens ever made. Not sure how warm they would be but the monkeys fur looks thick enough to do the job, at least in my AO :D. Tail looks to be the perfect width for a quiver too!
     
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    I am quite sure international wildlife trafficking laws trump the desire for monkey mittens but I will see what I can do! Ha
     
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    Awesome trip report!
     
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    One more reason I love this forum. Where else can you see trip reports like that. An active volcano! . . .
     
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    Love the thatching pattern underneath the roof of the hut.
    Great TR!
     
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    Yeah those boys do a great job with thatching. Pretty much 100% water tight and also quite beautiful to look at. A work of art.
     
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    The sheath is the best part!
     
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    Anyone else see the leering volcano god face in those last two pictures? :)
     
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    I appeased him with a pound of thick cut maple bacon!
     
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    Awesome trip report! That does look like paradise.
     
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    Great trip report, and I'm glad you put in a good word for the people. The sights remind me of the ClutteredWife's "deestant 'omeland" a bit further south.
     
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    What did that trip cost? Hut rental, 4x4 rental, etc????
     
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    Epic trip report and pics. Thanks for sharing it.
     
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