When we got there the driver parked in the parking lot but you have to climb the last steep grade up to the statue itself. But once we got to the gate, it was locked. Never fear, that would never stop us! Mike climbed over the barbed wire first then Steve. But just as Marti was going up and over, the guard appeared. Fortunately, he only scowled at us. :) Come to find out later from Renada that there is actually a "door bell" on the side of the wall but we certainly didn't see it. Oops....
It was absolutely gorgeous up there! The views so stunning. But, boy did the wind whip up and I had to hold on to stay upright. So worth the trip up there!
We also asked him to take us up to a new development that we saw from the statue. He could only get up so far before spinning his tires on the loose dirt road. There were construction workers everywhere and we met up with the general foreman who said he'd give us a tour of one of the homes that hasn't sold. Wow!! Beautiful 1800sf, 3br/3br, pool, granite, open floor plan. Nice!! Asking price $200,000 with pool. Beautiful views but very small property space and they were stair stepped up the hill so you were either looking down on someone or you were being looked down on.
Our last meal was had back at our favorite pizza restaurant, Pizziaol. Again, yumm!! Our last hugs and kisses and, of course, tears were had with Louis and Mandy. Then back to Steve and Marti's to rest before being picked up at 10pm for our drive to the Managua airport for our 2am flight to Ft. Lauderdale. And, yes, many more tears and huge hugs with them. No goodbyes, just See Ya Later!!