The day began with a tour of a sugar cane cooperative. Iliana, a member of the Chinandega Nazarene church who oversees the work of the cooperative, hosted the tour.
Large equipment is used for for hauling mature sugar cane to the processing plant.
Planting is labor-intensive, often done by hand.
Sugar cane is harvested once per year, section by section from October through May. Charlie and Marv check out a mature section.
A small planting of trees included coconuts, one of them aswarm with small wasps.
A stop in the tiny village of El Viejo provided a chance to sample rosquillas–a crunchy cornmeal and cheeze doughnut-shaped pastry.
The rosquillas are cooked in a giant woodburning oven.
El Viejo also features Nicaragua’s only Basilica, a beautiful site for worship and weddings.
Lunch included whole fish, complete with staring eyes–and a beautiful bowl made of edible plantain strips.
The restaurant, aptly named Best Costa Azul (Blue Coast), featured an open-air patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
After lunch, a small fishing boat took us to an island with a lighthouse and a statue in honor of Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario.
The day concluded with a sunset view over the Pacific Ocean.
Pastor Ryan spent the day on a different track–ash boarding down a volcano with Pella Christian High students.
Here he poses for a photo op, but it’s only a pose. Ashboarders were required to recline on the boards.
Despite his reclining position, he managed to fall off his board and collect a few scratches.