After an easy four-hour crossing of Honduras we entered a beautiful cowboy region of Nicaragua. Despite the very frequent stops by traffic police and one half-hearted bribe attempt, we enjoyed our time exploring jungle-covered volcanoes, watching talented surfers tackle big waves, playing disc golf in one of the few courses in Central America, and celebrating the 4th of July with overlanding friends.
Today we are celebrating two very special birthdays. One is Emily’s grandfather, who has always been so loving and supportive, and is probably out playing a great round of golf today. Fore! The other birthday is our beloved Hobie, who has been Emily’s faithful companion since he was seven weeks old. Today Hobie turns 11, and despite the gray chin, fat lumps, and occasional achy joints, he’s still a playful puppy who just wants to be chased with his stick. This morning we took Hobie hiking straight up the side of Volcán Maderas on Isla Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua. He charged through the jungle like a champ, jumping up the slippery rocks and roots, and only occasionally being terrified by a lizard or particularly threatening leaf.
Happy Birthday Grampy and Hobie!