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December 21st, 2008 – by: mpope9
Having had my little bit of Culture, I met up with the group and prepared myself to go flying down a Volcano on a small piece of wood and metal! We jumped in the back of a pickup and drove for about an hour to the Volcano, I think it's the youngest in Nicaragua and fairly small at only 700m high. Grabbing our boards from the pickup and bag with lovely orange overalls we started to trek up the windy path to the top of the Volcano, stopping a couple of times on the way up to take pictures, enjoy the views and learn about the Volcano. Reassuringly we were told it was well overdue for it's next major eruption and also within the past few weeks there had been an earthquake in the region only fractionally too small to trigger an eruption. Maybe the board seemed more sensible, as it was now the quickest way down.
We reached the top of the board tracks, and dropped our stuff and then walked a little bit further up to the summit and looked down into the sulfurous crater. We nerves gangling we made our way back to our stuff, dressed in our orange overalls and goggles, took the obligatory group photos and were given a brief instruction of how to sit, how to steer, brake and go faster.
I'd already decided that it was going to be best for me if I went first rather than put it off, so positioning my board at the top of the slope I sat down.
Sh#t that's steep!
With that I was off, steady at first and then picking up speed dramatically. I started veering off course and reached a speed I was happy with, so I decided to try and steer and pat my feet to maintain a constant speed (as we'd been shown), big mistake! I started "fishtailing" wildly and after a matter of seconds I found myself side on to the Volcano, rolling down with my board well above me.
I then got to watch as the rest of my group came sliding, falling and rolling down the hill.
We changed out of our overalls, dumped the boards in the van, jumped in ourselves and made our way back to Leon, looking forward to our complimentary Mojitos which came as part of the deal!
We all showered, washing volcanic grit out of places that we couldn't fathom how it had got to, and changed ready for dinner. After dinner we went out to a local "club" for a few drinks and a little dance, topping off what was a fantastic day!
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