Rest Day?

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The Granada lakefront looking south.
Hello all,

Remember when I said that today would just be me resting and hanging out.  Well, I guess that proves that I can't stand still for too long.  I woke up in the morning and took the 10 block walk down to the lakefront. Granada is situated on the Northwest shore of Lake Nicaragua, and has a long history of transporting people and cargo down the Rio San Juan to the Caribbean Sea.  The shore here consists of a boat/ferry dock and a beach which is mostly mud flats.  There is also a line of cannon that was set up years ago to defend to coast.  Over all it's pretty much the same as the rest of Granada with a certain run-down charm.

On the way back from my walk I stopped at a few travel agencies.  At one I booked a tour to Volcan Mombacho for Thursday.  As it turns out they tell me that the other person on the tour is at the Hotel Kekoldi as well.
You've got to defend your turf, right? Pirates might be around.
 I also asked about a trip to Volcan Masaya today.  All of the tours include three other stops, and they all sound to me like shopping stops.
Those don't interest me at all, so I get a custom trip to the volcano only for $5 less for 1:30pm.

I then stopped somewhere that books airline tickets for La Costena, the airline that flies to the Corn Islands.  I booked a round trip ticket the Big Corn Island for Friday afternoon.  The planes are smaller 12 passenger ones, and the flight stops at Bluefields on the Caribbean coast as well.  The Corn Islands are two small Nicaraguan coral islands in the Caribbean Sea about 60 miles off of the coast.  They are miles and miles off the usual tourist path and the only real reason to go there is for the scuba diving, the snorkelling, or to do absolutely nothing for a while.
Calle Consulado looking east to the Parque Central. Granada, Nicaragua.
 I leave Friday, and I left my ticket open ended.

I make it back to the hotel room with just enough time to get ready for my Volcan Masaya tour.  Jamie from Tierra Tours picks me up early and we head off in his Four Runner.  The drive is almost 45 minutes towards Managua, and we have some great conversation along the way about everything under the sun.  I love to hear everyone else perspectives about things, and it always reminds me how much alike everybody is.

The volcano itself is amazing, and unlike anything else I have ever seen.  This volcano blew it's top over 600 years ago, and is just an enormous smoking crater.  In fact the park is home to five different crater, with three diplaying some sort of activity.
The Chinandega pitcher gets ready to deliver to a Tiburon.
 Unlike Arenal in Costa Rica this volcano does not spew occasional volcaninc rock or lava, but a constant huge belching smoke cloud from deep below the earth's surface.  My camera does a
horrible job of capturing the immenseness of the expulsion with nothing to really focus on, but I assure you it was an amazing sight.

There were trails to visit two of the extinct craters in the park.  One was amazing and huge, and the other was just a little one.  Together they presented very real evidence of the 'Ring Of Fire' section that produced Central America millions of years ago.  The visitors center at the Parque Nacional Volcan Masaya was impressive.  There were five rooms of displays that answered every question you could think of and presented many more intiguing one you hadn't thought of as well.
The 10th inning of the game. One inning more before a Grenada victory!


I made it back to the hotel at about 4:45pm, in plenty of time for the event of the evening.  I had been tipped off by a restaurant waiter that the local baseball team Los Tiburones de Granada (Granada Sharks) were playing at 6pm this evening at the Estadio de Beisbol about eight blocks from the hotel.  Of all of the countries in Central America, only Panama and Nicaragua are interested in baseball.  This is mostly due to the military adventuring of the United States in both countries.  In any case, both countries have supplied multiple major league players in an otherwise football crazy region.

I took a 45 cent taxi to the stadium, and bought the best seat in the house for about $2.75.  The stadium had three sections.  The area directly behind home plate where I was, and a
section behind each dugout.
Volcan Masaya belches up tons of smoke from the center of the earth.
 The Tiburones section was bulging at the seams, with the section from
visiting Chinandega a virtual gost town until they opened it to overflowing Grenada fans.  The fan were a bit subdued until thing got interesting.  Eventually los Tiburones won in extra innings.  With a runner on third base and one out Chinandega walked two betters to load the bases.  Then proceded to walk the next hitter and produce the winning run.  Now I've attended baseball games in four countries.  The United States, Canada, Japan, and Nicaragua.  I hear the Dominican Republic And Cuba are amazing as well.  (Sorry to the international readers that followed none of that.)

I walked back to the hotel amongst a throng of happy fans.  Along the way I stopped at El Club, a hip and trendy place to get some dinner and a couple of Tonas beers for $10.  After that I headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest.  Along the way I wondered when I will have that 'rest day' that I anticipated today.
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The Granada lakefront looking sout…
The Granada lakefront looking sou…
Youve got to defend your turf, ri…
You've got to defend your turf, r…
Calle Consulado looking east to th…
Calle Consulado looking east to t…
The Chinandega pitcher  gets ready…
The Chinandega pitcher gets read…
The 10th inning of the game.  One …
The 10th inning of the game. One…
Volcan Masaya belches up tons of s…
Volcan Masaya belches up tons of …
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Beatiful view of Laguna Masaya fr…
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