|Honduras, the Banana Coast|
Monday, January 19, 2015
Remember that John Denver song? It’s one of my favorites and it is so true. One of the things I have learned about myself in the last couple of years is that I need the sunshine. We have had several marvelous days here at Canyon Lake and even extended our stay a day. I don’t think I am ready to leave the hill country just yet so we are modifying our plans... oh wait we don’t have a plan... Yeah!!!!!!! Tomorrow we are going to move but just a little ways up to Blanco State Park. Our Texas State Park pass doesn’t expire until mid March so I want to take advantage of it. This park has FHU sites too which is just a bonus. Tomorrow is suppose to be another beautiful day but then a storm is coming through, Thursday and Friday look pretty nasty but the extended forecast looks like the sun will return. It may not be as warm but as long as the sun is out I’m good. The good thing is if that proves not to be true we can move on to the west.
We have even considered returning to this park for another couple weeks. We are at Potter’s Creek Campground (COE) on Canyon Lake and we love this park. It is only electric and water but we can deal with that easy enough. They do have a non-reservable loop and after talking to people on that loop it seems you can stay longer than 14 days if you get approval. We may not want to stay longer than 14 days but it’s nice to know that’s an option. The cost really makes it an attractive option.
We are trying to save a little on campground fees now because there is one spot I’d like to go and it is expensive but I think would be so worth it. That spot is Wahweap campground on Lake Powell. It’s not a for sure thing but one I am really hoping for so if I can save a little now then I can talk John into spending a little more later. As long as the sun is shining I don’t have a driving need to move on so stay tuned, it’s an evolving plan.
These last few days have been a reminder of why and how we like to do this. We are taking long walks and sitting in the sun to read, knit or just soak up the view and the rays. We have made a couple trips into town to do errands but basically staying close to home. Amazon is becoming a distant memory...thank goodness.
Hope everyone is staying warm.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
|Our Cruise Ship anchored in Honduras. After the rain, the rainbow.|
So, we finally found the sun! It meant going all the way to the Caribbean but we found it. We left Houston on a cold rainy day, about the way it seems like it has been most of November and December. This is very reminiscent of our last winter in Florida. On Monday (a week ago) we woke up to find ourselves docked in Cozumel Mexico and hallelujah the sun was shinning. Ahhhhhhh.............
|This is how we spent the day at Playa Mia|
In Cozumel the ship is able to dock in the port so off the ship and on to our first excursion. Looking for some relaxation in the sun, we chose to go to Playa Mia which is a beach park. We found some beach chairs and sat in the sun with our Kindles and it was beautiful. We had to be careful about sitting in the sun so it wasn’t long before we moved to some shade. These lily white northern folk know better than to bake too long and luckily we only got a little red. Totally worth it to get some sunshine.
Tuesday when we woke up we were anchored in the harbor of Belize City. Today’s adventure was the Bacab Eco Park. We were headed for a jungle bike ride and then a swim in their gorgeous pool. The bikes were interesting. They were mountain bikes with one working gear and only the back break or a cruiser bike with coaster brakes. They worked fine though as we rode on a trail over tree roots and thru the mud. Our guide was Darren and he was a hoot. He also had a lot of knowledge about the vegetation and the animals. We did get to see a big iguana sunning himself on a log, and a
howler monkey hanging out in the trees above us. They have a jaguar that passes thru the area regularly but luckily we didn’t get to see it. After a nice sweaty ride they had a great meal for us that included the local specialty of red beans and rice. We loved this so much that tonight I made it at home. Mine turned out ok but not as good as theirs, guess I will have to keep working on the recipe. Another great day in the sun.
|Belize river at Bacab|
|This calf was born the morning of our farm visit.|
Wednesday and our last port of call in Trujillo Honduras, the banana coast and we woke up to......rain!!!!. Yuk. I was bummed but decided I’d just hope that it would clear off. Today we were headed to a farm that has a small resort and they grow most of the produce that they serve and raise the cattle and milk cows too. They have horses and provide trail rides, but that wasn’t on our agenda. This actually was a fascinating place but mainly because of the woman who started it all. She was a
cook on a ship, cargo I believe, and ended up marrying the captain, a Norwegian gentleman. When he died she bought the first acres to start the farm. Oh I should say she has 4 sons and a daughter who all work with her, but make no mistake she is the driving force in their endeavors. She married again and they bought another larger amount of acres further in the mountains where they raise cattle. The main farm is right on the ocean with a nice beach. They have built several villas for visitors. We spent a lot of time listening to her stories and she shared her red bean and rice recipe (kind of) and lots about the farm. She was wonderful, her English is sketchy but she makes you want to listen to every word. This port of call is new for the cruise line and they are trying to develop it into a regular stop. Honduras is beautiful and the people are I think the most friendly that we encountered. The infrastructure of the country is very fragile but the people here really want this to happen and for them and future travelers I hope it does.There is one more story to tell and it is the story of our bus guide to the farm. I’d like to let John tell this story as it is incredible.
|This is the gal who owns the farm|
|These are all photos of the farm. Absolutely beauthiful.|
|Saying good bye to Trujillo Honduras, an amazing place.|
We have been staying at the Escapees park (Rainbow’s End) in Livingston, TX. We have enjoyed our stay here but now its time to get a move on and head west. The sun finally came out today and sounds like it might be an ok weekend weather-wise. Our first stop will be in the Hill country at Canyon Lake, not far from New Braunfels. It is a COE park and with John’s Senior Pass the price can’t be beat. Planning only 3 days there. Not sure after that, it all depends on the weather. May have to go all the way to Arizona to find warm weather but I am determined to find it.