Volcán Mombacho

This weekend we visited Volcán Mombacho, which is the volcano we can see everyday from town in Granada. It is the volcano that exploded long ago to form the hundreds of rocky isletas in Lake Nicaragua. We hiked a circle around the top, which meant a journey through a Cloud Forest. It was a kind of surreal experience to be in such a unique environment. I don’t have a lot to say in this post, it is mostly just pictures.

IMG_4992

IMG_5050

A view of Lake Nicaragua from the top.

IMG_5053

Mombacho is considered to be a dormant volcano but there are active pockets in the mountain where hot sulfurous air escapes.

IMG_5063

Handsome Group.

IMG_5002

Passage tunnel.

IMG_5010

Might as well take another group pic…

IMG_5024

Pretty seed.

IMG_5031

Tree thing related to pineapples.

IMG_5095

Then we got to zip-line down… Makes me want a tree house!Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 8.08.51 PM

Took this pic of Kevin on the way 🙂

And the next day I went back with a few friends to make some chocolate. It was awesome to see the process because chocolate is easily my favorite food.

2017-06-11 11.00.54

Bees for sugar.2017-06-11 11.02.43-1

Baby Cacao (aka Cocoa) Plant

2017-06-11 11.07.15Baby Cacao seed pods.

2017-06-11 11.08.28

Ripe Cacao Seed Pod.

2017-06-11 11.19.23-2

Alyssa weighing the dried beans.

2017-06-11 11.22.40-1

Danni stirring as they are cooked.

2017-06-11 11.27.25

Yum… need to peel. They taste like insanely bitter dark chocolate at this point.

2017-06-11 11.42.42-2

Grinding

2017-06-11 11.48.14

Mix with milk and sugar and heat and we have a chocolate paste that was really good! We also drank it straight and put some in the freezer to make chocolate bars.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s