S: Adventures in Honduras 2011
BC: So many thanks to Pam and Denis!!! and Bandita!
FC: Adventures in Honduras!
1: Heading to Roatan!! Wendy and I started our trip at the Tamarindo Hostel in San Pedro Sula - it could only get better from there! We took a bus to the ferry in La Ceiba, and somehow survived not getting seasick like everyone else. Pam MacBrayne picked us up, while Denis Moonan was diligently harvesting fresh coconut milk for our cocktails! What a great first night on Glide - complete with a sunset! | February 2011 Bay Islands
2: Life on Glide!! Bandit ready to play! Typical fare: scallops, conch, shrimp, crab, lobster, fresh fish and of course cabbage! What? Freezer isn't cold? Again???? | Barb looking like she knows what she is doing. Pam working hard down below. Denis getting ready to lift the anchor or did Bandit miss?
3: This is not an operating room! That bag held 4 showers! | Fantasy Island Marina - for real!! We had a beautiful place to moor and be stranded for a few days waiting for the winds to change. This was a perfect place to kayak, snorkel and enjoy a beautiful island! | The good life - long overdue! | Another sunset during cocktail hour.
4: King of the marina! More colorful than any iguanas in the Galapagos! | First day snorkeling, fabulous. Second day, we were driven out by a swarm of stinging jellies! | Locals going to work each day to an island full of rottweilers, macaws and statues!
5: Exploring the island - getting gas with a funnel! | Stocking up for the week! | Beautiful beach in Punta Gorda, a Garifuna village.
6: Denis walking the beach at Punta Gorda.
7: Enjoying some local art work. near the north end of the island. We stumbled on to Adventure Lodge and enjoyed hearing how Mike and Roxanne made a go of it.
8: Around the tip of the island to West End. Little did we know what a ruckus this trolling would end up to be! | Peaceful place to moor with sandy bottom of turtle grass and needle fish swimming by. Saw sea turtles, French angel fish, spotted eel snake, spotted eagle ray, porcupine fish and unfortunately the beautiful lion fish. | After negotiating a very narrow opening of a coral shelf, we anchored at Gibson's Bight for some great snorkeling. | Hope they never pave this town. | Paying our mooring fee in West End.
9: After a wonderful week on board, we headed for land. We stopped at Lancetilla Botannical Gardens, but enjoyed the orapendulas and their nests the most! Eating green mangoes with salt was a new experience. | Taxi!
10: After a harrowing drive on a winding road dodging pot holes and animals as it grew darker, we got a flat tire and discovered our jack was missing a vital piece. We flagged someone down and miraculously reached the cobblestone streets of Copan! | Mariachi Band | Very comfortable in this town at the Yaragua Hotel.
11: Oscar, our guide, took us through these Mayan ruins and made history come alive. | The macaws are the national bird and were very important in the Mayan culture. | These Mayan ruins were built around 100-800 AD. There are four miles of tunnels running underneath it all. | The graveyard - right outside the dwellings of the royalty.
12: Pam looking for the best deal on bananas! | The sun god in the form of the jaguar. | A stela, carved for the reigning king. | The famous ball court which is on their currency. The loser of the game was executed. | Altar depicting the 17 kings that ruled Copan. The 63 hieroglyphic steps depicting the history of the kings and Copan. During restoration, they weren't completely sure the steps are in the right order.
13: Snake entrance to the Sculpture Museum which contained the artifacts. | Replica of the Rosalila Temple still inside the ruins. | Model of the site. | Mayan calendar which runs from 3011 BC until December 2012! We have to go back in December! | Gargoyle
14: Great riding adventure for three hours ($20). We met the horses at the gas station! | Walter and his 8 year old helper. | We followed the Copan River which was busy that Sunday afternoon. We passed by tomato and tobacco fields, banana and coffee plantations with beautiful views from the top of the mountain.
15: Finally reached the village where the girls were selling their corn husk dolls. Pam was a huge hit and was dressed for the occasion! | Mother grinding corn with bricks drying outside | The Tri-Delt Rough Riders! | The school in this Maya Chorti Village. | Wendy buying a beautiful scarf woven in the village.
16: We left Copan and drove to Gracias. We were lucky we didn't bottom out in this town! We walked through the square, visited the church and had another "typical" meal.
17: Can't stay away from that rum and Aqua Coco! The Hotel Guancascos was great with an incredible view from the dining terrace. We found Dona Desidera's place just outside of La Campa and enjoyed her Lencan pottery and meeting her family.
18: After driving as far as we could up a mountain road before the road became undrivable, we walked the last 45 minutes to Cruz Alta. Never found the pine needle factory! Most of the men carry machetes because they work in the fields. | Loved meeting the kids on their way home from school. They don't see many tourists in this village. | Visiting the Lencan pottery museum in La Campa.
19: View from the Forte de San Cristobel, built in 1852.We had a great view of Mt. Celaque, 8,000 ft. | El Puente ruins, a smaller site on the way back to San Pedro Sula. | Our hottest day on the whole trip. Didn't take Pam and I long to jump in! Wendy stood guard. | Hotel Real - in the most dangerous part of the city! Our last night....
20: Three months later, we reconnect with Pam and Denis when we catch up with their journey at the Manchester Yacht Club. | First bridge in Gloucester Harbor - all systems go! | Next bridge on the Annisquam River - stuck!!! No Go!
21: But all worked out and we finally got to Wendy's! For a change, we did the entertaining! | Enjoying Phil's sister and friend as well. Neil and Phil taking charge of dinner.