The geography of Nicaragua has a flair for the dramatic. Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the country and continue to do so. On one of our sightseeing side trips we went to the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua. The island was formed by two volcanoes, Volcán Concepción and Volcán Maderas. On the days we were there, both volcanoes were capped with smokey clouds.

On Volcán Maderas there is a waterfall that is 80 meters high, and the trail to it was only 5 kms down the road from where we were staying. We decided it would make for a nice hike. We loaded up with water and headed on down the road. The waterfall, called La Cascada San Ramón locally, is located on an agricultural estate. We had to pay a small fee for admission, but the trail was well marked and maintained, so it seems the money is being put to good use.

For various reasons it has been a challenge to get blog posts created as quickly as I want. One of the problems is that once I start writing, more and more ideas and memories come to mind, and what was supposed to be a quick effort drags out long enough to be interrupted by other things.

Sydney brought a Cannon VIXIA video camera she received from Grandpa for Christmas last year, and Lucas has been creating numerous vlogs for his YouTube channel. I thought I’d try using it on our hike to capture moments on film in order to better remember the day and be able to share some of the experience with you. So without further ado, I give you this video of excerpts from our hike. I hope the shot at the end does the waterfall justice. It was an impressive sight.