We wake up to a cool breeze blowing through the tent. I breathe a sigh of relief. It’s the first indication that we might be close to breaking through the 24 hour oppressive heat. Oh, it’s still in the 90s during the day, but at least we might get a break at night. And as nothing is ever free, this cool breeze by night is a hot headwind by day.
Two days ago, right before we left León, I received a message on our Facebook page from my friend Meredith. She had spent some time in Nicaragua and recommended a place outside of Granada, Laguna de Apoyo crater lake. We’re headed to Granada so decided it was worth a stop.
The fact it’s a crater lake was not lost on us. Formed over 20,000 years ago when the cone of a volcano imploded after a violent eruption. Basically, the lake is in a bowl. In order to get to the water, we’ll have to go DOWN, straight down. And the only way out is to go back UP.
The owners/managers of Apoyo Resort find us at the rim of the crater looking down, contemplating our options. It’s a Monday night, they have a lot of empty rooms. They make us an offer for two nights that we can’t refuse.
By the time we reach the bottom, the rims on our wheels are HOT from the friction with the break pads. The muscles in my hands are twitching from the death grip I had on the breaks. I have no idea how we’ll get back up that road two days from now.
But right now I’m not worried about it. This place is heavenly. The water in the lake is amazingly clean (we haven’t seen water this clean in a LONG time) and is warmed by thermal vents. We’ll take a day off tomorrow to soak and relax in the lake.
And to our surprise, the guys at the Apoyo Resort have hooked us up with our own 2-floor house with a king size bed, air-conditioning and full kitchen!
They also have a conference center. I vote for the next NSGC meeting to be held in Nicaragua. I’d pay my dues for that.
Cheers Mom S, thanks for the vino! On our ride through Managua we stopped in the biggest grocery store we’ve seen in a while. I walked around in the air-conditioning mesmerized that an entire aisle could be devoted to toothpaste. They also had the most impressive wine selection we’ve seen in a long time. I wasn’t about to carry a glass bottle up all the hills today so I bought the best box wine I could find. We even got dressed up for dinner (pasta with bacon & veggie marinara sauce).