It’s been an eventful few weeks for us. We got pulled over by the police for the first time in Honduras (we shared that story on our Patreon) and narrowly avoided a tornado (losing our awning in the process). This week’s video is about our latest misadventure: getting terribly stuck in clay-like mud in a cow pasture in Nicaragua. It sounds too nuts to be real, but this is our life as we drive around the world.
There are various versions of how this fateful day began. In one version, Eric picked the wrong location on the map, which led us to the muddy track of doom. In another version, Brittany created a map of Nicaragua and pinned the wrong location to it, and Eric merely selected her pin as a destination. We may never know the truth.
However we got there, we arrived at a Y in the road. Our navigation told us to go right. Looking into the rough off-road track covered in mud, Eric asked, “Seriously?” Brittany enthusiastically taunted, “Go for it!” And so we went.
As the mud began to deepen, Brittany suggested we stop and reevaluate. Should we risk getting stuck by continuing? Both of us decided no.
Unfortunately, there was no place to turn around. After backing out for a bit, Eric found a fence to a cow pasture, the perfect turnaround spot? Little did we know how soft and wet the field was…it became a field of woe.
Here is the full story:
Emerging from layers of caked mud, our Jeep and bodies survived to explore another day. We tried again to get to our destination, this time taking the correct route. For our trouble, we got to see the incredible sculptures of Alberto Gutierrez.
That night, we camped in the fog on a carpet of pine needles, with an overlook of the surrounding mountains. Then it was time to head into the second largest city in Nicaragua, León, to celebrate Eric’s 52nd birthday on June 9.
From León, we’ll continue south for the next couple of weeks, meandering in Nicaragua.