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After getting beat up in the surf for a while we decided to take a ride around town and see what we could find. I wanted to get some pictures of the rocky outcrop with the cross on it that I had seen earlier. When we got in the area what we found was what must have once been a fabulous beach house. The home, now in rubble, is located on an absolutely fantastic spot on a rocky point jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. The views are simply incredible and this must have been one spectacular home in its' day. Today, it's just a pile of debris. The damage looks to have been done a long time ago and the house was just left to die. It could have been destoryed by the Sandinista's although that doesn't make a lot of sense. They usually didn't destroy valuable property, they just stole it and moved in. (Daniel Ortega lives in a house that he stole) It also could have been done by a storm although it makes me wonder why it was never rebuilt. Who knows?

A Fixer Upper
A Fixer Upper
The Pool Needs Work
The Pool Needs Work
Wheres The Gardener
Wheres The Gardener
We Didnt Go Upstairs
We Didnt Go Upstairs
Incredible View
Incredible View
Juniett Looks Good Here
Juniett Looks Good Here

There are a couple of really neat features on the property. One of them is a little cave that has been made into a bar. The second is a little overlook that has been built where you can sit and watch the ocean pound the shoreline. Finally, the pool must have been incredible in its' day.

And Here
And Here
The Cave Bar
The Cave Bar
Nice Spot For A Wedding
Nice Spot For A Wedding
Heavy Surf
Heavy Surf
No Swimming Here
No Swimming Here
Another Day At The Beach
Another Day At The Beach
Destroyed Home
Destroyed Home
I Could Live Here
I Could Live Here
Honey, I Want Casa
Honey, I Want Casa

After screwing around in the abandoned house for a while we did some more sightseeing. Right around the corner there's a giant rock in the ocean that was a great place to take photos. In hindsight I should have climbed on top of it but you know what they say about hindsight. After taking photos for a while we headed back to Leon. On the way back 2 cops had a roadblock set up and they were checking every car coming through. It always makes me a little nervous when someone with an AK-47 tells me to get out of the car. Thankfully, there were other cars pulled over so I figured the chances were good I wouldn't be getting a bullet behind the ear as long as there were witnesses around.

The Neighbors House
The Neighbors House
Steep Driveway
Steep Driveway
Big Rock
Big Rock
Plus Ocean
Plus Ocean
Equals
Equals
Great
Great
Pictures
Pictures
Cop With An AK47
Cop With An AK47
The Carnival Is In Town
The Carnival Is In Town

I took some pictures while driving through Leon of the various murals and churches. We didn't spend much time there because, frankly, neither my wife nor I like Leon very much. We don't get treated very well there because they don't like gringos and my wife is from Chontales and they don't like country people either. We're not enlightened socialists, you see, so we are to be spat upon by our socialist betters. If I want treated like that I can go to New York City and save the plane fare...

Church In Leon
Church In Leon
Fancy Mural
Fancy Mural
Guidos Texaco
Guidos Texaco
Built In 1643
Built In 1643
The Grand Cathedral In Leon
The Grand Cathedral In Leon
The Revolution Lives In Leon
The Revolution Lives In Leon
Not So Happy Memories
Not So Happy Memories
Revolutionary Mural
Revolutionary Mural
Revolution Is Fueled By Brainwashing
Revolution Is Fueled By Brainwashing

Since we had time I decided to take a drive north to Chinandega to check out the town. Unfortunately, about half way there it started pouring rain. It turned to be a pretty bad idea since if we had just went home from Leon we would have missed the rain completely. Instead, I ended up having to drive from Chinandega to Managua in a pouring rain storm. Driving at night in Nicaragua is bad enough. When you add rain to the mix it's 100 times worse since it makes it that much harder to see the trucks with no lights, horses, drunks, etc. Luckily, we made it home alive and I lived to tell the tale.


Mud Hut
Mud Hut
The Beer Factory
The Beer Factory
Next Stop Chinandega
Next Stop Chinandega
Its Raining A Little
Its Raining A Little
Workers Of The World Unite
Workers Of The World Unite
Cathedral In Chinandega
Cathedral In Chinandega
Shoes In The Wire
Shoes In The Wire
Junietts Had Enough
Junietts Had Enough


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