Tuesday November 17, 2015
November 17, 2015 We took another “day off” yesterday to try a new, to us, sport – volcano surfing/boarding. We along with all the other guests at Alsuavenica Hostel and Bar, http://www.alsuavenica.com/, spent the afternoon hiking up Volcano Cerra Negro. Cerro Negro is an active volcano in the Cordillera de los Maribios mountain range in Nicaragua, about 12 miles from Leon. It is a very new volcano, the youngest in Central America, having first appeared in April 1850. The last eruption was in 1999. At 728 m it was a 45 minute climb with each of us carrying our board. The views were magnificent and the weather cool as it was sprinkling rain. We were soon on our boards and swiftly descending through the volcanic rocks and gravel. I wiped out once but was quickly back on the board. It was the general consensus that Jocelyn was the fastest of all. Being older and more conservative I dug my heals in to avoid the high speed others achieved. The next time I won’t do that as it caused me to flip. We were wearing coveralls, gloves and goggles so we had some protection. Volcano boarding was one of the coolest things we have done. We all finished off the day with wings and beer.