Monday, April 20, 2009

Volcano Sledding

Today while I was driving home from work I saw two young boys from the neighborhood dancing in the middle of the street, apparently showing off how they weren't afraid of traffic running them over. In that spirit of needlessly dangerous pasttimes, I offer: Nicaraguan Volcano Sledding

This was my introduction to volcano boarding, a young adventure activity that has popped up, most notably at Cerro Negro, an ominous charcoal-black volcano in western Nicaragua. Boarders hurtle down the active volcano’s bald, steep slope atop a sledlike piece of plywood, at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. It’s hot, dusty, a little scary — and crazy enough to be fun.


Somehow when I read 'live volcano' I was envisioning something really crazy -- involving lava in some way. Compared with what I had in mind, sledding down seems rather tame. Fun, but tame.

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