We bummed around the Granada hostel for a few days (it was SOO comfortable, with hammocks, pool table, books, games, restaurant serving delicious food...) and then took the ferry to Ometepe island. The island was formed by two active volcanoes which emerged from the lake, and Volcan Concepcion was still smoking when I arrived. We did an 8 hour grueling climb up the non-smoking volcano and I'm still limping around now from that.
The hostel we picked on the island was an organic commune kind of place, and it was much more primitive than I'd imagined. Outhouses, outdoor showers with only the modest protection of banana trees, various insects and animals visiting the dorms at night...but it was really fun and only cost $2.50 a night. I think the most I spent on any single day in Nicaragua was about $20, and that was only after numerous rum and Cokes (jealous, Mom?).
I put up some new pictures. I rearranged the picture links from most recent to older so the newest will always be on top. Check out Guatemala, Belize and Honduras, and Nicaragua! Sorry, lots of sunset shots, humor me here...talk to you all soon!