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Filed under: Roatan — she_travels at 7:29 pm on Saturday, February 26, 2011

I swam from Foster’s pier to Gumbalimba yesterday, the original idea was to paddle the bit of reef they have buoyed off so the boats don’t squish ya.  By the time I actually got close the wind came up and I thought for sure I was going to end up closer to Ulita than West Bay..I had to force down the panic and think…  ya know the very best bit about the sea … ya don’t sink. Granted I was fighting  the wind zipping off the hills to the ocean and pushing water along with me out to sea but the good news was..I was not in danger of being fish food.  So, I dug in knowing that if it got really bad I could flag either a boat or the Gumbalimba staff.

It was a good day.

Today I swam out from Infinity to the buoys… I found the far side of  the reef wall. There was a heard of black and white striped fish with yellow pacing me. Being  the sea can keep me from sinking I stopped.. those fishes started playing a game of ring around the rosie with me in the middle.  It was so cool, I so wished I had a camera, there were maybe 75 fish, two different kinds.  Gives a whole new meaning to swimming with the fishes.

Have I mentioned I LOVE this place!

Rainy season over?

Filed under: Roatan — she_travels at 12:52 pm on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

When I arrived a friend happen to be at the airport, his wife was boarding the plane I had come down on. He was going my way and offered a ride.  While I was taking in the changes on the island we got to chatting about this and that..one of those things was perhaps rainy season was over cause the island had not had any rain to speak of in over six weeks.  I was a bit taken aback when the following day there were several showers..then…..

These are photos from the past three days as the weather and sea changed…

The wind and rough sea was bringing in and churning up the dead sea grass.

White caps in West Bay, not a common sight.

Part of the reason I am drawn it islands, you can see the weather coming at you… see the band of rain, it comes from the north, I am about to get very wet.

A couple of guys from Canada were out playing in the waves, they said most of them were over six feet. Goodness, I doubt many people have seen West Bay be anything other than tranquil, clear as glass.

See the waves bashing against LightHouse Point? You can also see the web and flow under the pier.

This is run off in West Bay. The water at one point this morning was just flushing over the bridge to the left of center. Much of the sand was washed out in….

This mess of run off, sea grass and sand. I am very curious to see how long it takes to settle for crystal clear waters to return. Course, the rain has to stop 1st. We are seeing moments of brighter sun now.  Maybe today, perhaps tomorrow.

Off and on through out the day, around the heavy rains, the guys were cleaning the beach. They dig a hole to bury the sea grass. The guy in the blue is stomping the grass like grapes to make space for more.

Sunsets you say?

Filed under: Roatan — she_travels at 5:49 pm on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

All these pics were from last night, they are in order as the sunset changed.

I have a photo much like this taken at  the Laos/Thailand boarder, the boat in that pic was on  Mekong River. This is sea off the coast of Honduras.

The colors were everywhere.

That boat I would be willing to board…

This one not so much but boy howdy was the sunset amazing. Just another day in paradise!

Roatan Redux

Filed under: Roatan — she_travels at 4:36 pm on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Right then, here I am…. thanks goodness I have many weeks here abouts cause all I did the first seven days was sleep and read… I was so quiet the people running the accommodation finally sent someone over to make sure I was still breathing.

I have a new addiction…Kindle, dang that thing is going to be the demise of my bank account. I bought the one wireless and 3G capable world wide, I have no idea how Amazon did it,  I have to pay for the book but I don’t have to pay for the privilege of using the 3G connection. All Hail Amazon! No more packing books, no more buying books in odd countries, no more reading what happens to be available…new addiction I have.

I didn’t see the guys from the place I am staying at the airport, did they say someone would pick me up?  No matter BobMarley’s parents were waiting for Mom BobMarley to board the plane  I stepped off. One of the perks of visiting a tiny place, easy to find anyone traveling the same route.  We said our hellos and goodbyes, when Dad BobMarley offered me a ride cause he was going my way.  I mentioned I should check one more time for the people I thought were picking me up, he said “Cool, meet you in front.”

We chatted about real estate (no one is buying), the economy ( the world tried to blow up a few years ago)  and the weather (it had not rained enough to speak of in six weeks). What? two years ago it was still pouring in March, I was wearing my sweat shirt it was so cold and wet.

Imagine my surprise the next day…

Dang! ya can’t even see Light House!

I had to get in to West End for supplies, food mostly. Thank goodness I had the sense to bring my raincoat, I was still soaked by the time I had walked the beach from West Bay to West End. The good news, wet in 80 degrees is a far cry from wet in 60 degrees. By the time I was headed back the rain had stopped.

A couple days later I looked up from my book to see this….

The mainland for gosh sakes!

That evening…

Sunset truly does help everything look better.  That is one BIG boat.

It has been hotter than I ever remember here. Part of the heat is little to no breeze some days, with no wind comes calm sparkling clear water. LOOK! at that blue.

The length of West Bay Beach, from the East edge of Foster’s ( where I am standing) to the sand point of what the cruise ship people call Tabyana Beach just past the red roofs of Infinity. Ya can’t see the Wall unless you know it is there but the far right green is Light House Point. This looks like a non cruise day, perhaps Monday of last week.

This one is taken from the same place but with a zoom, the pier is Foster’s, The red roof in the upper right is Infinity Bay.

Right then, so on a cruise day there is far more going on, the people in kayaks are more than likely from a ship, the guy in blue sitting on the bottom level of the pier is with them and works for Gumbalimba Park…I noticed it is now the uniform of Gumbalimba cause I walk past every trip into town. There were prolly 12 kayaks with three guys this day. One of them detoured to help out a couple ladies having trouble with a paddle boat in the bay. I have no idea what the problem was but a dive boat stopped as well, in the end I saw a kayak with two people paddle out, attach maybe a rope and drag the ladies in the defunct boat back to the sand.

If ya look at the top of the pic at the sand point, that is where many of the cruise people end up, something new to me is the four floats in the water out from that spot. I decided to take a dip in the sea to alert the fish of the impending happensg from the ship, not that they didn’t know it was coming but common courtesy..anywho much to my amazement, these four spots are local guys on surf boards. I don’t know if they are life guards, or if they are policing the coal. But sure enough…. guys on surf boards laying out in the ocean. I doubt they are getting paid much but that is a hell of a job  huh?

I also saw….

This lady with a guy also on what looks like a surf board. There truly is all manner of entertainment both in and out of the water on this island these days. Snorkeling trips, Cayo Cochinos trips, paddles boats, kayaks, para sailing, glass bottom boats, Snuba, hiking, exploring the island either on your own or with a local guide, heck you can even go with Scuba being  the scuba guys are the ones who originally put this place on the map.