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Climbing Volcano Maderas - A Side Story

Where's the Beef?

After 4 hours of hiking up the muddy and slippery Volcano Maderas, we reached the top. We were bruised, aching, starving, and parched with thirst.

But wait! The highlight of the climb was still to be conquered by climbing down a steep and muddy "trail" to a lake formed by a crater in the volcano.

Since we were totally unimpressed with the unmemorable "top" of the volcano, we were looking forward to some type of pay-off and made our way down to this "lake".

After 20 minutes of sliding, falling, and slipping our way through a narrow mud path we came upon the "lake" that was to be our visual prize after climbing for so long. The so-called "lake" was actually a cloud covered, muddy pond. Wow. Seriously?

But wait!! You can go swimming in this lake! Sure you can! Just as long as you don't put your feet down so that you don't get sucked into its muddy bottom. Riiiight.

But wait! All of us were starving and had brought large ham and cheese sandwiches on our trip! Our hunger could be satisfied!! Ravenously, we opened up our foil-wrapped sandwiches and took huge bites into our ham and cheese sandwiches and felt nothing but more disappointment.

Our "ham and cheese" sandwiches were replaced with cabbage and mustard. At that moment, I couldn't think of anything more disappointing than a CABBAGE AND MUSTARD SANDWICH after a horrible 5-hour hike. I didn't even know cabbage and mustard sandwiches exist! They do! BUT THEY SHOULDN'T!!

The moral of the story is to check your sandwich before you leave for a 3 hour trek. That 3 hours may turn into 5 hours and at the end of it you may be eating a sad, cabbage and mustard sandwich while wishing you had ham and cheese.

Posted by krisses 08:03 Archived in Nicaragua

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LOL! Thanks for your story, Kristine. I will always remember this lesson.

by Vicki

LOLOLOLOLOL! I will make sure to heed your warning, no matter how long the trek. I think a cabbage and mustard sandwich would suck even if I was full!

by Kuzin' Katrina

What’s wrong with cabbage and mustard sandwich? You can still get some valuable nutrients. :p
Who made the sandwiches for you guys? If it was Derek then I can understand the misunderstanding. :)
Good story though.

by Daniel B

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