Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What's up with the Crazy Parents?

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the long break in blogging.....So, way back on October 24th I wrote about visiting a doctor in Bluefields. At that time Dr. Bacon recommended that we return to Canada for Pat to receive further testing and possibly treatment. As it turns out Pat has Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He is almost finished his treatments and we should find out in August whether or not it was successful. Returning to Canada wasn't in our original plans, but we are happy to be back in Nova Scotia for the time being. We do plan to return to Nicaragua sometime in the future once we get the "all clear". In the meantime we are visiting all our favorite places throughout Nova Scotia - like Peggy's Cove. 

Pat at Peggy's Cove


Monday, December 16, 2013

A trip to the beautiful Pearl Cays

One of the Pearl Cays - Nicaragua
When tourists come to Pearl Lagoon one day trip on their agenda is a visit to the Pearl Cays. What are the Pearl Cays?  Vianica describes them this way:  ‘The group of islands called the Pearl Cays is located in the Caribbean Sea, about 35 kilometers from the town of Pearl Lagoon. The secluded islands offer a great place for a relaxing day-trip’

 Unfortunately, for us, we haven't been able to get out to them, but some friends of ours had a wonderful day trip and shared their day with us.

This is what they wrote:

We were meant to leave about 7:30 am but it was raining. Never mind, we were assured that the rain would soon pass and we would have a gorgeous day for our trip. An hour later the rain had eased and we were set to head off. It was a little rainy still and we got soaked, but hey, we were planning to get wet anyway!   It was a little choppy and we were riding against the waves, sometimes it felt like we had liftoff.

First stop was by some local fisherman who were shrimping. Our guides picked up a bucket load of shrimp they had just caught for lunch – and you can’t get fresher than that!


Fishermen at work


Fresh shrimp for lunch
After dropping us off on this tiny island with no name, our tour guides took off in the panga leaving us deserted!! The thought did briefly run through my mind that we could play ‘Survivor’ (wish I had practiced my fire starting skills) but everyone was too nice and I wouldn't know who to vote off the island.


Beach combing - Pearl Cays, Nicaragua

Anyhoo…a while later they came back after having caught us some fish for lunch. While they were preparing lunch we made good use of our time doing a little bit of this…
Jean enjoying the Pearl Cays
Amy - Pearl Cays, Nicaragua

Hayley - Pearl Cays, Nicaragua
Unfortunately, this time of year the visibility under water isn't that great. Never mind though, just means we will have to come back in the dry season – what a shame! Here are some of the underwater pics that turned out well…
Starfish - Pearl Cays, Nicaragua

Underwater - Pearl Cays, Nicaragua


Before lunch, we travelled to a larger island where they had the facilities to cook. Lunch was rondon, it was very… fresh. ‘Run-down’ is seafood and ‘bread-like’ vegetables cooked in a coconut broth – what can we say – not quite sure why it’s considered a delicacy!!!

Fresh fish - Pearl Cays, Nicaragua
Rondon - Pearl Cays, Nicaragua
We made up our own table centre piece from the beautiful things we had collected on the beach that day…
Being in such a beautiful place we had to make the most of photo opportunities. It’s amazing how some people fit in so well in island surroundings…


Our table centre piece - Pearl Cays, Nicaragua
Our faces say it all, so relaxed and happy. It was a fantastic day. Before heading home we went by the island where they filmed season 21 of Survivor. It looked very beautiful and lush – I reckon I could live there for 39 days.

Happy faces after a day at the Pearl Cays - Nicaragua


The ride back was a little better than the ride there because we were going in the same direction as the waves. There were a couple of times though, when we overtook a wave and the boat would slam down. Riding in the front, I could see it coming! Was a little rough but good fun. As we travelled home on the open water, the sun was setting and clouds were gathering, the sky looked awesome.



Pearl Cays, Nicaragua


Pearl Cays, Nicaragua


Pearl Cays, Nicaragua

Pearl Cays, Nicaragua
Do you want to travel to the Pearl Cays? It's easy to book your trip once you arrive in Pearl Lagoon through many of the hotels. The trip to the Pearl Cays can be expensive due to the price of gas. When we looked into the price we were told that the cost for the boat would be $200 US - the cost for the food may be additional. Check with a few places and then book with who you feel most comfortable with. Is one day not long enough? It is possible to stay on a Cay overnight - just ask your tour operator.  Please note: There is a Military Checkpoint when you leave Pearl Lagoon - bring your passport!