You never really know what you are getting into when you hike in Central America. Sometimes you are lucky to even find the place where you want to hike. But as we drove up the steep slope of Maderas Volcano on the island of Ometempe we encountered signage painted on a rock. Always a blessing.
We heard Howler monkeys right away when we started our ascent on foot. And lots of birds, butterflies and even this stick. Or bug. You be the judge.
A Kiskadee was in the trees
We spotted a Trogon. Possibly a Violaceous Trogon. The photos are shadowy. But that's where birds like to hang out!
Look at me posing like a nerd. This was where the 2 hour trail became a river bed full of boulders. And it wasn't supposed to be that hard. It was for me. Uff da.
But we made it! I love this photo.
And look who else made it to the top.
He followed this group of hikers all the way from the restaurant at the base of the Volcano. He wasn't their dog! They asked Dean to photograph them. And even though I didn't capture it on my camera, the dog lined up with his group of hikers perfectly for the photo session. What a ham. I think he has done this before.
Then he started following us back. But we were too slow for him. When the other group over took us he left with them. Fickle. I had to laugh at all the people that we passed on the way down. They were only about 15-30 minutes into the hike and were already exhausted and wondering how much longer to the top. I didn't feel like such a wimp after that.
Dog gone tired. I bet he hikes up the volcano everyday.
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