Roaming in Roatan

Hello friends!

Thanks so much for reading about my vacation adventures! My next stop is Roatan, Mahogany Bay, Honduras!

The ship was able to dock at the pier here in Roatan! I got to see it happen as I was working out as we were rolling into the port. It’s so pretty, I took some pictures before I ran to our room to shower!

We met our tour guide (booked through Carnival) outside the terminal/pier and got on a van with quite a few other people and headed out to tour the Island -Best of Roatan!

Our first stop is an Iguana Farm- the story goes that a young farmer was eating a mango and threw the skin on the ground and looked over and a an iguana was having a meal of the skin-he protected the iguana and word spread (iguana word- don’t know how that works) and now there are hundreds? of iguanas on this farm. They’re pretty big and apparently taste like chicken (tasty Kentucky fried) according to our guide. I did not hold one however, (bugs, snakes, lizards, sharks, and bears are my fears!)

We then stopped at Stone Castle Cameo Factory- some talented crafts men/women carve beautiful designs into shells – some are big conch shells and some smaller to fit in your hand. They were all beautiful and I bought a necklace (it was a little speedy for me but I thought it would help the economy there a little bit (Roatan’s people are very poor).

We then stopped at a Rum Bar (not my thing- I don’t drink alcohol) along with a lighthouse. We climbed to the top of the lighthouse where we took some amazing pictures of (almost) the whole island from our vantage point. It’s beautiful and I will share a couple pics!

Then we went to the other side of the island to a local shopping area -Half Moon Bay and visited Roatan Chocolate Factory and The Rusty Fish!

Roatan Chocolate Factory picks local grown cacao and produces amazing dark chocolate treats, GF, vegan, cacao nibs, and cocoa butter! You know that amazing smelling cocoa butter from a popular lotion store that a few minutes later smells like petroleum?? Well this cocoa butter doesn’t do that, it’s chunks of the real deal-amazingly soft and fragrant forever (wow-I died and went to moisturizer heaven) so we bought chocolate and cocoa butter-yum!

The Rusty Fish is a local operation that recycles (trash for lack of a better word) and creates unique collectibles, Knick knacks and jewelry! Hubs got a Paga Mask made out of a discarded copper and table leg. It’s really colorful and interesting along with representing some cultural influences. We got a couple fun pictures here at The Rusty Fish.

We then discovered a cool club on the beach where we saw a local dance performance and ate lunch watching the waves. It was a beautiful day on Roatan- some rain but a gorgeous place to visit.

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Welcome to the Jungle

Hello friends!

Here is my continuation describing my cruise fun! I hope you enjoy reading as much as I had experiencing!

The next location on our list is Belize; and Belize it or not, it is beautiful 😂😂

Our ship anchored five miles off shore because Belize has one of the worlds largest barrier reefs and ships moving through would damage this delicate system. So we took a tender to shore where we met our tour director -owner of cavetubing.com (Butts Up) and I highly recommend going on this tour-Cave Tubing and Ziplining! They took such good care of us!

Outside the terminal/pier we met our guide (not before some local woman told me “honey, when you get back I’ll fix those braids”! Haha! I braided my own hair that day cause I knew I wouldn’t want to mess with my hair- too funny!) and we boarded a large van which took around 12 of us on a hour ride into Belize, where we were led hiking into the jungle (Guns N Roses- Welcome to the Jungle 😂) seriously it was amazing- hiking this mud and rock trail in the middle of nowhere and you can’t see anything because of all the foliage and huge trees and palms!

It was all so green (our guide told us it is their dry season-rainy season is in the summer- but it rained almost all day so that struck me as funny) we are all wearing swimsuits and helmets with lights mounted on them (oh and I was wearing crocs! Haha we accidentally left our water shoes on the ship so we rented “pink crocs” for me to hike in-interestingly enough they work well there in the mud and water). We crossed a thigh deep river three times before we came to a big cave, I mean BIG CAVE!

Our local guide then tied 12 tubes together with rope and we set into a river that runs through this HUGE CAVE-it’s a national park-St Herman’s Blue Hole National Park (of course this is after I capsized my tube and almost drowned (in 18 inches of water with embarrassment) before setting off down the river! I do this kind of thing all the time- I’m not sure how I got this talent but it finds me at the most inopportune times 😂

We float down the river for about 40 minutes in almost complete darkness except for the lights on our helmets. The ceiling of the cave is dotted at times with bats in little holes- it’s seriously the most amazing cave I’ve ever seen. And then we float out to where we first crossed the river going in. We stored our tubes, hiked back a ways, and got shorts on to hike additionally to a spot for zip lining! I got all geared up and up I go- trying not to trip over all the straps hanging from my waist down to my knees (you know I could do that fairly easy)!

We got to the first platform and all of us- even young kids are panting cause we’ve hiked straight up it seems, but there’s a reward to this! We go down several lines to the highest and longest (1000 ft long) and that was my favorite! I was probably zipping along at what seemed like 30 mph and cruised over a river- my friends this was such a RUSH! I loved it! You should all go zip lining! Over a river! At breakneck speeds! 😂😂 I was giddy!

After two more lines we were done and hiked back to our van; then our guides took us to their main (jungle restaurant) where they gave us home made chicken tamales. It was such a fun experience! Check out Butts Up, you won’t be sorry 😍 here are some pictures of our adventures (taken through a water proof case, so not the best), I hope you enjoy! (Tour took us back to the tender and we went back to the ship on time)

My next blog post will tell you all about our stop at Roatan, Mahogany Bay, Honduras.

Is Houston really Portland?

Hello friends!

So we made it from SLC to Dallas (I got a T shirt in Dallas airport, I have this weird thing, I need a T shirt from every new city I visit-this one is pink!) to Houston. Anyway I think we’re in Houston, the map and airport says we’re in Houston…but it’s been raining the whole time so I secretly wonder if we’re in Portland?

I’ve been to Portland before, a couple of times actually, courtesy of my employer. We had a DBT training twice in one year for one week each time and it rained almost constantly (in March and October). It’s such a pretty place, I’m just not used to all that rain.

And here we are apparently in Houston and it’s raining. Is this unusual or is this normal?

Anyway, I realized that as we got off the plane, all of a sudden my hair is hanging in my face? That’s odd, but when we get to our hotel I found out my hair is almost completely straight! It must be the humidity? My hair has some natural curl and a couple of years ago, hubs and I went on a trip to Chicago with his work and my hair was curling crazy (of course it was shorter) so my hair being straight is odd.

I’m doing my hair this morning and the curls aren’t staying for more than a couple minutes….wouldn’t you know I didn’t bring hair spray??? What was I thinking?? LOL

So then we’re on a hunt for hairspray, luckily the convenience store next door has a travel size that works perfectly! Other than that, it seems I have brought everything I need!

We are now waiting to take a bus to the pier in Galveston where we will board our cruise! I’m so excited!(pics from our hotel window and do I have enough luggage?? Just checking!) LOL

Stay tuned for my vacation adventures!