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November 4th was my wifes birthday so we started the day by opening presents. My wifes grandmother was staying with us and her cousin Tatiana works at the doctors office next door so they were there to witness the festivities. It's a big deal for my wife because she never got a birthday present in her life until we met. She's also never had a birthday party. When you grow up poor in Nicaragua your birthday is just another day on the calendar.
Opening Birthday Presents
Opening Birthday Presents
Grandma Watches
Grandma Watches
Opening Birthday Presents
Opening Birthday Presents
Opening Birthday Presents
Opening Birthday Presents
Opening Birthday Presents
Opening Birthday Presents
Juniett And Tatiana
Juniett And Tatiana
Cousin Tatiana
Cousin Tatiana
Cousin Tatiana
Cousin Tatiana
Cousin Tatiana
Cousin Tatiana

I asked my wife what she wanted to do on her birthday and she really wanted to take her grandmother to the beach and go for a boat ride. Her 80-something year old grandmother had never seen the ocean before even though she's lived only a few hours away from it her whole life. She's also never been on a boat before which I found absolutely mind boggling. With that being said, we loaded up the car and headed to San Juan Del Sur for the day. Unfortunately, when we got to SJDS the guy at the boat dock saw a gringo and wanted to charge us $40/person for an hour boat trip. Frankly, since it was my wifes birthday I would have paid it but she refused because she hates it when Nicas try to rip me off because I'm a gringo.

I then suggested that we could take a trip to Ometepe instead so we headed to the town of San Jorge (about 20 minutes away) instead. There are boats and ferries to Ometepe that leave from San Jorge throughout the day. In order to take your car on the ferry, however, you need to make reservations ahead of time. Since the ferry is the only way to get vehicles to the island they tend to book up early. Undaunted, we bought our tickets and hopped on the boat leaving the car behind.


Car Sunglasses
Car Sunglasses
Church In San Jorge
Church In San Jorge
Its For Rent
Its For Rent
Welcome To San Jorge
Welcome To San Jorge
Boat Schedule To Ometepe
Boat Schedule To Ometepe
Ferry Schedule To Ometepe
Ferry Schedule To Ometepe
Taking The Girls For A Boat Ride
Taking The Girls For A Boat Ride
Ometepe In The Distance
Ometepe In The Distance
Juniett Is Happy
Juniett Is Happy
No Its Not The TITANIC
No Its Not The TITANIC
Sign This
Sign This
We Need Your Name
We Need Your Name

From the dock in San Jorge the island of Ometepe doesn't look that far away. In reality, it takes over an hour to get there by boat. The ferry is comfortable and you can ride outside on the top deck and enjoy the sun or inside in an air conditioned cabin. It's an amazing feat to watch them load the ferry. Ours was carrying some big trucks and there was no way I thought they were going to get them all on the boat but they did.


The Juice Man
The Juice Man
Climbing On The Ferry
Climbing On The Ferry
It Looks So Close
It Looks So Close
Its Like A Bus
Its Like A Bus
Quality Electrical Equipment
Quality Electrical Equipment
Our Tickets
Our Tickets
Sandinista Pirates
Sandinista Pirates
Port Of San Jorge
Port Of San Jorge
The Ferry
The Ferry
Will If Fir
Will It Fit?
An Indians Fan
An Indians Fan
Some Big Rope
Some Big Rope
Concepcion Volcano
Concepcion Volcano
El Capitan
El Capitan
The Volcano Is Big
The Volcano Is Big

The closer you get to the port of Moyogalpa the more you realize just how massive the Concepcion volcano is. This active volcano is a nearly perfect cone that rises over 6000 feet from the base of the island. The "port" for lack of a better word consists of a small dock with a pile of sandbags leading into the water. You have to walk on the sandbags to get to the shore.


Getting Closer
Getting Closer
Juniett And The Volcano
Juniett And The Volcano
Getting Close To Port
Getting Close To Port
Port Of Moyogalpa
Port Of Moyogalpa
Moyogalpa We Are Here
Moyogalpa We Are Here
Sandbag Walkway
Sandbag Walkway
End Of The Line
End Of The Line
The Port Needs Work
The Port Needs Work
Moyogalpa
Moyogalpa

When the boat arrives all the local kids immediately swarm the boat. Unlike most other Nicaraguan towns they aren't there to try to sell you things. Instead, they use the boat as a diving platform. They climb to the top and dive off into Lake Nicaragua. It's pretty crazy to watch as they have to dive out over the decks below and leap far enough to avoid crashing into the boat on the way down.

When we left for Ometepe we knew we didn't have a lot of time but we figured we would have at least 2 hours to do a little sightseeing. Unfortunately, they changed the schedule on the way and we only had 15 minutes. I only had enough time to walk off the boat a few hundred yards, snap a few pictures, and get back on the boat. While we didn't get to see a lot it was still a fun day and it accomplished the objective of taking a boat ride.


Welcome To Moyogalpa
Welcome To Moyogalpa
Juniett Making Friends
Juniett Making Friends
He Walks On Water
He Walks On Water
Adios Ometepe
Adios Ometepe
Juniett And Grandma
Juniett And Grandma
Juniett And Grandma
Juniett And Grandma
A Bird
A Bird
Concepcion Volcano
Concepcion Volcano
Concepcion And Maderas
Concepcion And Maderas
Sunset On Lake Nicaragua
Sunset On Lake Nicaragua
Sunset On Lake Nicaragua
Sunset On Lake Nicaragua
Sunset On Lake Nicaragua
Sunset On Lake Nicaragua
Granada In The Distance
Granada In The Distance
Plenty Of Plantains
Plenty Of Plantains
Sunset On Lake Nicaragua
Sunset On Lake Nicaragua
Juniett Enjoys The View
Juniett Enjoys The View
Sunset On Lake Nicaragua
Sunset On Lake Nicaragua
Sunset On Lake Nicaragua
Sunset On Lake Nicaragua
Arriving In San Jorge
Arriving In San Jorge


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