We get a late start out of Granada for no other reason than we frapped about, procrastinating until it was blazing hot outside. Then the headwinds stalled our progress, contributing to our late arrival at the dock for the boat to Ometepe Island on Lake Nicaragua.
We arrive at 4:55. The next ferry leaves in 5 minutes. I am under the impression that this is the last boat to the island. We rush to pay our port tax and race to the ferry. We roll on as they are releasing the lines holding the boat. Once on-board, we celebrate this small accomplishment. Yeah, we made it!
The ferry is moving excruciatingly slow as it too is fighting the headwinds. For fun, we turn on the GPS to see how fast we were moving. We don’t feel so bad about ourselves, the ferry moves as slow into a headwind as we do.
As we’re looking at the GPS, we realize that we are not headed to the town of Moyogalpa, which is where we thought we were going. Slightly embarrassed, I have to ask some guys where exactly this ferry is taking us.
Side note: The first or second question we are asked when meeting people is “Dónde van?” (Where are you going?). Mostly people are just interested in our adventure, other times the intonation suggests they think we might be lost. We get this question so many times a day that I made up a jingle called “Gringos…dónde van?”. Those are its only lyrics. It’s a repeating chorus.
Turns out, in our haste, I misunderstood the guard at the port. This was the last ferry to San Jose Del Sur. Right island, wrong town. I thought all the boats went to the town of Moyogalpa. Not a huge problem. However, the sun is setting, so we’ll arrive after dark, at a place that we don’t have any information about. Oops.