Category Archives: Little Corn Island
No cars…..bicycles, horses … FEET ….. these are the mode of transport on Little Corn. You can of course take a boat/panga from one end of the island to the other. We didn’t do that. Every day we went wandering, exploring the entire perimeter of the island, walking through the neighbourhoods and fields on the inside. Little Corn Island was a pleasure to spend time on. We would visit again!
Baseball is the local sport of choice and the fans and players are passionate! The only baseball I have really watched is Major League Toronto Blue Jays games back when they were a new team. Every once in a while we might turn on a baseball game during the world series. As mentioned in a previous post we were fortunate enough to get a ride to Little Corn along with the Big Corn West End team for their Sunday baseball against the Little Corn team. We raced to our hotel and got settled so we could get back to watch the game. The stands were full with a mix of tourist types and locals.
2 of 3 times during the game play was stopped due to disputes that could not be rectified. Of course the absence of cameras to catch every move makes calls difficult to contest. The players, umpire and lines people were all very animated. I kept having to ask the lady next to me what was going on. She was one of the more vocal individuals often becoming `seemingly`riled by the calls that were being made. Truth is though, she would start yelling and cat calling and looked really angry, and then she would start grinning from ear to ear. Even the players would be carrying on and yelling disputing something and then break out into a smile. There is a fierce rivalry between Little Corn and all of the Big Corn teams, but in the end, baseball is their sport, their passion, and their fun!
The game actually got called somewhere in the 6th inning because the final dispute just couldn`t be rectified. It was tied 5 to 5. They were supposed to have a game the following Saturday in Big Corn. We actually left a day early to see it, but in the end it was cancelled *sigh*. Unfortunately, I have never heard who ended up winning the series they were playing *sigh* *sigh* . . . .if you are ever in the Corn Islands I would absolutely recommend a baseball game. So much fun!
Shanna took this photo of Johnny and me at the Lighthouse Hostel/Restaurant.
Shanna is a Canadian gal from Barrie, Ontario who had just finished her contract teaching Derek’s daughter at Derek’s Place. We met Shanna during communal meals. She was leaving Little Corn Island to head back home to Canada the day after we were leaving Little Corn. Shanna is an incredibly fun and interesting 22 (I think) year old who is very independent. She went to university in Toronto and worked as a tour guide, she planted trees, she was looking into forest fire fighting for her next adventure.
Our last breakfast at Derek’s was spent with Shanna, and two other young couples, one from Georgia, USA and the other from UK. We had a great breakfast discussion mainly about health insurance and education in the 3 countries. After breakfast we had mentioned we were heading to the Lighthouse with thoughts of climbing the tower and Shanna offered to join us and lead the way! We happily accepted! We met at 11 and walked to the Lighthouse, had a great lunch (I mean really gooood), and enjoyed the views from what I believe is the highest point on Little Corn. We also took a tour of one of the hostel rooms and they are really quite impressive. Newer, clean, well appointed. I would highly recommend this location to get some night breeze, great views and still be close enough to the main village.
Shanna seems to make the most of where ever she is. During her time on Little Corn she became an important part of the night time social scene helping to organize (and very much participate in) Karaoke, Quiz Nights, Open Mic Nights and probably more! As we wandered through Little Corn with her almost everybody said hello to her or stopped to chat. She had only been there for a couple of months but a very positive ‘mark’ on the Island!
Yes, first photo is me…halfway up the tower with Johnny behind. Shanna & I both agree I could simply post this photo and say that I did it…well…uhhh…I didn’t lol…..the tower kind of hyper extended outward after the point I was at and given my lack of arm strength I was terrified. I actually tried three times to do it and froze each time. Shanna was absolutely hilarious trying to encourage me to do it…and in the end, she spurred Johnny to the top!
After this first attempt (because no-one went because I didn’t)….we went back to the restaurant, grabbed another drink….and fortified Johnny and Shanna did the job and climbed the tower! These are my photos from the ground looking up at the brave souls Johnny & Shanna.
These are the photos Johnny and Shanna took from the top!
The seas are rougher than normal and the pangas were not running. We were told we needed to be at the docks by 8:30 am….just in case the pangas were running. If they weren’t we would have to wait until 12:30 ish for a big boat. Sea Star owner Darcie offered to drive us to the dock as she had to drop some bats off to the North End baseball team who were taking a supply boat to Little Corn. Luckily we were able to ride with them and were on our way by 9 ish. I say luckily because as it turns out the other boat didn’t leave until 4:30.
The ride over was VERY wavy and water was washing up the sides. Johnny and I and the north end team were in a small area of the boat and it was up close and personal. I had some great chats with a couple of people and we found a new friend…right fielder Shane. He was very helpful and informative and we enjoyed our time on the boat! I won’t mention that one of the players (not Shane) was pretty sick with the waves (and maybe a little hang over? 🙂 …oh my 😎
We arrived on Little Corn before 10:30 a.m. Getting on this boat was a challenge having to step off the dock and jump onto the deck….that was easy compared to getting off. We actually had to get on the side edge of the boat..with some assistance get hoisted to a higher boat that was docked on the short pier and then jump onto a big cart..then jump onto the pier…..voila we had arrived at beautiful Little Corn Island.
At this stage we then had to find our way to Derek’s Place about a 20 minute walk with our heavy packs. First we stopped at a beach bar…I had a smoothie and Johnny had a beer. At only 10:30 in the morning it was a lively little bar!
There are no street signs or street names that I am aware of. Essentially, in Little Corn with no motorized vehicles there are a couple of concrete sidewalks and the rest are paths. Suffice it to say that we didn’t find the most direct path to Derek’s…what should have been 20 minutes was a 40 minute walk with heavy packs and going slightly out of our way.
Finally we reached the paradise that is Derek’s Place (to be described in a later post)…a casual check in…threw our bags in the room….relaxed for a few minutes and then headed back down a path to watch the baseball game….to be described in a separate post!
Safe and sound on the island…..but no wifi…..so just posting to let you know all is good!
We are heading out for our great adventure to Little Corn Island this morning. Although I will be blogging text I probably cant upload photos. So you may not hear much frim me until I get somewhere with a decent connection….maybe not until we get home on March 13th…which is also 20 years since we met ‘in real life’ and 19 years since we married and 18 years since we moved to Ottawa…great anniversary day!
I will also be doing a longer post recapping the whole holiday…typing on phone has been a challenge! Adios until the next time!
Winter Withering ……that’s what I call it….the cold, the snow…..it makes me lazy…..I’m like a big (big) bear wishing I was asleep in my cave not awaking until the first signs of Spring. Although winter doesn’t present an immediate danger as do most earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis or tornadoes it produces (in some) a very slow and sure dampening of spirits. The older I get the less I tolerate it (winter).
I miss my windows being open and having fresh (warm) air to keep the (winter) aches and pains at bay. Sunshine (not accompanied by cold). Walks in the forest. Camping. I despise wearing winter boots, hats, mitts, scarves and coats. You bundle up to go ‘out’ and then you die of heat as you tromp indelicately through the grocery store aisles in your winter uniform with unseemly perspiration rolling down your face (maybe it’s just me?? :).
Walk in the cold and then come home, immediately upon entering the warmth of your home the nose drips. The cold has somehow found it’s way into your bones and it takes a big blanket or a warm bath to turn that bone chilling cold into warmth again.
Winter is my time to day dream. Planning what I will do during the active 5 or 6 months of my year keeps me focused. Researching and orchestrating the next great vacation (which passes all too quickly).
9 more sleeps until the next great vacation ….. booked in August (6 months ago). Night 1 in Managua, Nicaragua. Night 2 through 3 through 8 in Big Corn Island, Nicaragua, Night 9 through 15 in Little Corn Island, Nicaragua, Night 16 in San Jose, Costa Rica…then back home. I won’t have daily internet connection during this trip. The Corn Islands are remote, electricity isn’t guaranteed, internet connections even less so. Little Corn has no cars. Big Corn for $1.00 (US) per person you can get a cab ride anywhere on the Island.
Yup, 9 more sleeps until I feel the warmth, the fresh air the sand between my toes . . . . .
p.s. just realized I forgot to mention that I am on Day 3 of a cold…congestion, runny nose, general malaise……*sigh*