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Filed under: Roatan — she_travels at 12:07 pm on Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Can you even begin to believe the date?

I know, I go on and on about time and its speed but my goodness! Wednesday it is. Saturday hopping a plane I am.

Ninety-one days in this paradise! Yes, I will have over stayed my immigration stamp for 24 hours. Wonder what the penalty is. I am keeping my fingers crossed it’s about 20 bucks, we shall see I s’pose.

I keep thinking my schedule is a bit manic from Sat to Tues. It looks much like this.

Board a plane here Saturday 1pm a connection in Houston landing in Denver 730p. Super shuttle to Boulder County, have a chat with friends and be in bed by…say 10

Sunday, I have to camera shop (dang silly camera died), attend a memorial service in Longmont and sort though my stuff I am going to Thailand lighter than ever. Three changes of clothes (one on me) one pair of shoes (on me), a camera and my pillow. Yes, I travel with a pillow. How am I to keep my rosy disposition deprived of a good nights sleep?

Monday, I have to get my person to Denver for a tourist visa. One must not expect China Airlines to allow me to hitch a ride to Thailand without the proper papers.

Tuesday I board a plane in Denver with connections in LA and Taiwan landing in Bangkok two days later. International date line will do that.

It all seems a bit mad but if you remember last year at this time I was from here to LA with a connection in Atlanta. Then three days later LA with a connection in Chicago to Dublin. Yeah, ok I was about dead by the time bused it to Galway and lost a whole day. Have no idea what happened to Sat that year.

Ahhh but this boat I will not be in alone this time. Mom has decided she would like to experience my form of travel. Yes, folks…mom is going to be on my plane out of LA to Bangkok. She has decided to wandered the Kingdom with me for the first three weeks.

I am fair excited about it. The road trip from Colorado to Virginia and back last year found us lost, found giggling and laughing in both directions. Thailand with mom should be a hoot!

I am currently back at the Dolphin house in Sandy Bay..the owner asked me to play door person for a bit if a demanding kitty for a few days. They went to what is considered here “Costco”. One must either hop a plane or ferry to get there. These people took the ferry over and will return tomorrow by plane tomorrow evening.

I have been invited out for dinner that night then I get to spend Thursday night, Friday and a few hours of Sat on the most beautiful West Bay Beach. Whoo-hoo!

This time next week I will be on a plane soon to land in Bangkok. Dang, I think it was close to four years ago I started thinking about Thailand.

Good Kitties

Filed under: Roatan — she_travels at 4:24 pm on Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I said Goodbye to Bob Marley sometime last week. I do enjoy their company and the house. Might have a visit back with them in Oct this year.

I have had over a week off since last I was hanging about with gems and jewels.  Have been madly running through Georgette Hayer novels while lazing in a hammock occasionally watching the sea. One must always pay attention to the sea when one is it’s vicinity. The cats I am living with are on gecko patrol.

When not making sure the sea has not been stolen I have been out with friends in dive boats to snorkel, popped by another friend’s house to watch the local dolphin show or yesterday went for a snorkel in West Bay…we saw all manner of fish and coral along with squid. Yes, three of them…they are funny little dudes. While snorkeling in Half Moon Bay, we saw an eel on the sea floor who looks much like a spotted snake , a herd, (yes! Herd of lobster) and fishes of many colors.

Indeed, many a beast there are here abouts. Just the other morning while removing myself from the shower I noticed an iguana lounging at the crown of the mirror. Wrapping a towel firmly around me,  I inched a bit closer. His two foot body  was draped across the mirror in such a way I could only see two feet, his head between,  with the visible part of his tail a in small curl across the mirror.  While peering at him, I did not see so much as a shift of  an eye or a twitch of  the tail. Is he  alive or part of the decor I had missed in previous visits to the bathroom? I stepped back and left the room thinking if he was in the same spot when I returned from the store, perhaps he had always been there. Though, I do not think myself quite so dense as to have missed his-self on the mirror.

I was given a request for “snicker-doodles”. In need of real butter and a bit more sugar to pull off the cookies from my childhood, I was off to Warrens in Coxen Hole,  not giving thought to the beastie on the mirror. By the by, he had not moved an iota between the time I noticed him and my being dressed for a butter run.

I thankfully have become quite proficient at driving here. One never knows what one is going to come upon, children, dogs, horses, cows, bikes, drunks, cats, lizards, snakes, cars, buses or minivans smack in the middle of the road, moving or not. Blind corners, dips and curves be damned….one does not at any cost drive fast nor does one take their eye from the road for even a moment.

A bit of a Sunday drive later I find myself “in town”. Thinking about all manner of the listed above added with congestion and one way streets is a bit dangerous. Thank goodness town is only two streets. The madness of third world countries is a bit overwhelming at times.

I arrived back at the house dropping my groceries in the kitchen on my way to the bathroom.  Mr. Iguana had not moved but it seemed to me his tail had shifted slightly more out of sight. Could the breeze from the window have moved his tail?

The next morning he was gone. Guess he was alive. I still wonder how he managed to get in the house.

Yesterday while starting another novel I heard a bit of a commotion in the back bedroom. I know the cats had found something but was unsure if it was the rat I had seen two days ago or something else.  I listen to padded feet running this way and that mixed with the tick tick tick of clawed feet.

When I  heard something hit the wall and decided to have a peek, the cats had Mr. Iguana cornered under the bed. Those of you who know me, know I am not about to take a toy away from a cat.

I found Mr. Iguana dead in  the bathroom yesterday afternoon. I found the rat the next morning, also dead.


Weather Witch

Filed under: Roatan — she_travels at 4:02 pm on Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I really do love Palmetto Bay. Bob Marley and friends are such fun to hang about with. The birds wake me at daylight,  Bailey cat hops on the bed yowling for breakfast. While I brush my teeth I can hear Marley’s tail thumping on the deck anticipating a morning walk along the beach.

I am convinced if I stayed here long enough I could predict the weather.

Our walk two days ago was taken at 615a…by the time I got to the beach (15 min walk) I was soaked with perspiration due to no breeze. Things did not improve, the sea was bathtub calm, not a breath of breeze and the bugs were relentless. I always apply bug spray before leaving the house but it was doing little or nothing for me that day. Clear, calm and H O T.

The following day (yesterday) I woke hearing the waves crashing on the reef. Yes indeed the wind was up and from the wrong direction with dark rain cells dotting the gray sky. Bob Marley and I were soaked twice that morning.

Today the cloud cover, wind, sprinkles and hard rain continue with a temp at a chilly 72 degrees. Yeah, well when it’s usually 85-90 with blaring sunshine, 72 and clouds is cold.

The good news is..I love rain. This house is designed in such a way  when all the doors and windows are open you feel as though you are outside but with a roof to keep from being drenched. I love this place!

Weather forecasting? When the breeze stops you are in for a blow, it is the calm before the wind shifts direction.