This week's update from the present, here at our winter home: The weather most of last week was lovely, but this weekend it is chilly again.
(Not cold for the rest of the country, just chilly for part-time Floridians, who are admittedly a bit spoiled and not used to having to wear coats.)
But we are well and busy -- enjoying the outdoors, the wildlife, and the human activities here in our neighborhood, both indoors and out.
This is a recent picture of an egret silently waiting to catch dinner. Just a small taste of Florida nature, which I will eventually post about again ...
But for now, here in blog-land, we're still cruising.
On the eighth day of our Cruise home to Florida we docked at San Juan Del Sur, on the Pacific side of Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the largest country in area in Central America and has a population of 5.8 million.
Nicaragua is sometimes referred to as "The country of lakes and volcanoes." Above are pictures of each taken during our time on shore.
As we'd happily become used to, blue skies and beautiful scenery greeted us as the cruise ship anchored. The port here was too shallow for this large a ship, so we went ashore on tenders (like the red boat on the top right).
We really wanted to see the active volcanoes, so here we opted for a cruise-arranged bus tour because they were quite a long ways from the port. It was amazing to see the volcanic field and worth the long drive.
On our way, we stopped at a small village -- unfortunately I don't remember the name of it -- where we visited the Market and walked around a bit. Almost every home in the village and along our route had a pig tethered in the yard. The red bus on the lower left is local transportation, not the bus we traveled on.
Pictures really can't capture the feeling of looking at the volcanoes. I kind of stuck volcano pictures here and there on this post, but all of them were taken during our one stop at the Volcanic field. We had plenty of time there to hike around and take pictures although each busload was given an allotted amount to keep the area from being overrun with too many tourists at once.
After the volcanoes, we stopped in the town of Granada. This historic city was founded in 1524 . We visited a couple of the ornate Spanish churches and had a very good lunch in a lovely courtyard at Hotel Granada.
Our day in Nicaragua gave us only the tiniest glance at this beautiful and varied country, but of course that is all that can be expected from a cruise stop. We loved what we saw (and heard and tasted) ... and feel fortunate to have seen and learned as much as we did.
Thank you to the hosts of these sharing opportunities: OUR WORLD on Tuesday; MOSAIC MONDAY; ALL SEASONS; NATURE NOTES; THROUGH MY LENS; WILD BIRD Wednesday; Wednesday AROUND THE WORLD; THANKFUL THURSDAY; SKYWATCH FRIDAY; SATURDAY CRITTERS; and RATHER B'BIRDING.