Brian, Steve and Matthew
Back to Honduras...in Search of Thanksgiving Turkeys!
November 22nd through November 29th
us know that you're along for the ride... All of our "usual" email addresses
will work (well, except for ones ending in balloonideas.com or aiwnet.com -- we
refuse to check our work email!) We'll try to answer your questions between snorkels,
Bianca's graduation, coconut shrimp and lots o' lobster!
and Electric Power can be "spotty" on Roatan, so if we don't communicate
or update the site too often...stick with us! We'll update the site as often as
photos will be available in daily "Photo Albums" shown below. Check
'em all out...that is, if we can upload them!
try to update our Roatan Blog with random thoughts, experiences, fishing trip
results (Brian & Stacy!), dining delicacies, snorkeling sights, etc. daily,
in the world did we choose Roatan? It chose us...we're coming back to visit our
friend, Victor Bodden (www.boddentours.com).
More info on him, and our friendship here.
in the world is Roatan? Click Here for a map!
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(Honduras is the country located almost due south of Alabama in
the center of the box bordered by Longitudes 90 and 80 and Latitudes
10 and 20. The island of Roatan is the small island just north
of the mainland of Honduras.)
Tracking Information on our Flight to Roatan can be obtained by clicking on the
small arrow in the info-box to the right!
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THANK YOU, MOM!!! Remember, don't spoil Cleo
and Alika (Ha...as if you'll pay attention to this written warning!)
We're here...but exhausted! Up late last night packing, then up
early to catch the plane...only a one hour connection in Houston,
so no time to sit and relax! Once we arrived (the last ones off
the plane!), we claimed our luggage and were whisked to the Bodden
Stacy and Brian got a good lay of the land, seeing the monkeys and
other animals...Matt and Steve were excited to see the girls! My,
they've grown!!! Janeht had us a nice meal of beef, mashed potatoes,
rice and beans. YUM! All the while, there was an AMAZING cake on
the counter for Bianca's graduation event...it was made my Richard's
wife (Richard owns the glass bottom boat that we "hopefully"
will go on to do some snorkeling later in the week!!)
Victor rushed us to Infinity Bay... The room is gorgeous, overlooking
the pool. We got dressed in our graduation clothes (no gowns, we've
all been there, done that!), wrapped the graduation gifts, and were
whisked back to the Bodden Estate! I would not be lying if I told
you that about 100% of us would've been happy just skipping the
rest of the day and crashing. We were all just so worn out!!
We all made it, though! Picked up all the girls and Janeht and sped
off to Bianca's ceremony. We got there after it had started, so
we just watched through the windows...it was packed! Steve sneaked
down the main aisle to capture some cute pictures of the graduate,
but the rest of us were ready for a nice chair!
Victor took all four gringos to Gio's to get situated for the party.
It was a great time with LOTS of family, friends and loved ones
in attendance. We had a Mayoral candidate, a preacher, several of
Victor's guides, and many other familiar faces...old and young!
A great time... Great food with some of that wonderful Roatan garlic
coconut bread, chicken, veggies, etc. Then cupcakes...and finally
the big graduation cake. Good Stuff!
Bianca brought us to tears with a Spanish thank you -- for coming
all the way to see her graduation and how much it meant to her to
be loved in such an enormous way. We caught a lot of what she was
saying...and definitely knew the gist from her emotion...but then
the locals chanted for her to say it in English. Well, that was
about all it took! She is such a wonderful young lady and really
made us all feel so loved and welcome. Victor offered a toast to
the graduate and welcomed Brian and Stacy into the family...
Back to the Infinity Bay Resort loaded with leftovers, sleeping
children, and exhausted Americanos... Steve took a quick walk down
the beach and reported that the surf is higher than he's ever seen
it... You can actually hear breakers, which are virtually non-existent
normally... Sounds like no fishing on Sunday if the sea is still
churning, but sure we'll have some fun times to report! Will try
to update the captions on today's photos, as well!
All's well...We'll catch you up later when we get a chance! In a
nutshell (with details to follow)...Matt and Stacy LOVE Java La-La's
(a Monkey La-La, except with a double shot of espresso...Ah, breakfast),
Stacy and Brian kicked back and started getting used to Island Time
(forget Jet Lag...the transition to Island Time from Corporate Time
is much more harsh), Matt and Steve went zipping after a day of
sugar cane...and more food and cake!
Everything is good...and Brian's transition to Island Time is going
OK. He still reaches for his cell phone when an island breeze blows
against his thigh... The doctor's advice: "Two more Salva Vida's
and call me in the morning!"
Well, after fretting about where we would do laundry, we decided
to do a little breaking-and-entering! Our unit had a nice utility
closet with another door inside, which was protected by a combination
lock. We were sure that was hiding a washer and dryer... Brian took
a look and discussed the options with Steve. Thankfully, before
the plan was implemented, Brian walked across the hall and pulled
open another closet (that NONE of us had looked in, but walked past
dozens of times!) Inside, a nice working, washer and dryer! See,
what would we do without Brian?
Very early morning wake up call for fishing (actually the resort
phones are out today, so we had a 7AM knock on our door from Victor).
Enry picked us up at the Infinity Bay dock for some real excitement!
The seas were VERY rough... Matt, Victor and Steve lasted about
one hour (and only one tuna caught) and demanded heading to shore
for breakfast at Half Moon Bay. After breakfast, Stacy, Brian and
Enry caught a couple of barracudas and another tuna -- but mostly
just caught the waves! We're all sore from butt-bouncing fun on
the boat...but were very thankful for dry land!
After the boat, we enjoyed a nice sun-burning on the beach and by
the pool. We were joined later in the day by Mallory and Shelsie
who loved playing in the ocean with Steve and Matt. Off to Victor's
for Janeht's famous balleadas...and then back to IB for a well-earned
This morning, we walked the beach and explored the various resorts/amenities
up and down West Bay Beach. The weather was a bit overcast, but
our tans (or our REDS) continue to deepen in color!
After a few hours of relaxing on the beach, watching the cruise
ship folks from the NCL Pearl wander about, we headed to Victor's
to play with the monkeys. They were so cute. Koki is as friendly
as ever...although he had a bit of a tail injury from a run-in with
Pancho (please refer to previous blogs from other visits about Pancho
details...a real mess!) Brian really enjoyed the monkeys...and the
monkeys really enjoyed Stacy's hair, camera, glasses, etc!! A great
Then time for first-time ziplining with Stacy and Brian. Although
they appeared a tad timid on the outsided, they were soon (VERY
SOON!) doing the upside down monkey, twirling, and other "daring"
feats of skill and talent on the ziplines! We had a BLAST...and
may try to zip one more time later in the week! Heck, they even
inspired Matt to turn upside down with no hands a time, or two.
But, remember Newton's law...an object in motion, stays in motion...LOOK
We had a great meal of sugar-blackened chicken, rice with coconut
milk and beans, mashed potatoes and boiled green banana. GREAT food...
Oh...and don't forget the hot corn tortillas! It was another great
Janeht meal...she's just the best!
After a bit of afternoon recuperating at the resort, we headed to
dinner at Pizza Inn. Good pizza, wings...and Banana Soda! You just
can't go wrong with that combination!!
Today we're all going our own ways... Steve and Stacy to the Spa
for a few hours... Mateo to the Bodden's to greet ship passengers
from the Carnival Valor (crazy ship, Victor says)... and Brian is
just going to see what trouble he can get into! After the spa day,
Steve will head to the Bodden's ...and Stacy back to see what Brian
has planned! We can't wait to compare stories (and MORE PHOTOS)
at the end of the day!
The day was GREAT! The spa trips were wonderful, hot stones, coffee
grounds, aromas and mud! Who knew all of these could be combined
for such a relaxing experience?!
The cruise ship passengers packed Victor's zipline and monkey business.
The parking area in front of his house was full of tour vans...and
everyone was having such a great time. Steve ended up working in
the store, taking money for the ziplines and monkeys. Matt took
a few photos and sold water and sodas. Everyone was busy with a
job! The day was nice and sunny....well, until the very end when
the skies just opened up. The last few groups on the zip came back
SOAKED...but VERY happy!
Miss Bianca fixed the boys some lunch which was delicious...and
then off we drove for a quick visit to Coxen Hole, then back to
the resort. During this time, Brian and Stacy enjoyed their time
walking the beach...shopping for souvenirs...and having a nice hamburger
on the beach. They said the beach was packed! It's always fun to
see the crowds swell...then disappear back to the ship. Crazy dynamics
of a cruise port, I guess.
This evening, we had lobster and coconut shrimp on the beach. It
was amazing...the stars were out and we watched the lights of the
departing cruise ship slowly vanish into the horizon. A beautiful
meal...and evening...capped off by a walk all the way down the beach
looking for crabs and laughing at the events of the day.
Brian had to be at the dock at 5:30AM for Enry's arrival in the
boat for a morning of fishing. He returned about 4 hours later with
a nice sized barracuda, which later served as a rather large "appetizer"
for our group before burgers on the beach.
Victor loaded the family up and took Brian, Stacy, Matthew and Steve
on a short tour of the island. We visited the Iguana Farm, Parrot
Tree Resort, as well as several of the villages along Roatan's coast.
We did a little grocery shopping and had fun seeing the various
American foods scattered amongst the Honduran branded items. At
dinner, we introduced the Bodden's to Pace Picante Sauce...it was
a definite hit with all the girls. Victor thought it would be good
with the fried plantains, or served with pastilitos...so maybe we
have them hooked!
Dinner preparations was comical, as we had to go visit the chef
at the resort for a nice, sharp knife. We also had to raid the bar
of some salt and pepper. But, we had the most important ingredient...Barracuda
from Brian! While the fish and plantain were being prepared for
the oil, the girls opened their Christmas dresses...of course, they
were all so happy and strutted around "modeling" their
new clothes! Something tells me they will be wearing the new outfits
The barracuda was GREAT...and we all wished there was more. But,
we headed down to the beach for some great burgers, chicken strips,
and french fries! It was really a great day and we were thankful
on Thanksgiving Day to be spending time with our Roatan family.
Friday...Matthew and Steve went snorkeling with the starfish near
Blue Channel in Roatan. The skies are beautiful and clear, so we
hope the weather holds long enough to get in atleast one good snorkel
experience on this trip!
Pictures with the Starfish now online...unbelievable experience!
One of the best times I've had here...plus, another great meal made
Tracking Information on our Flight back to Houston (boo!) can be obtained by clicking
on the small yellow arrow in the info-box to the right!
A direct link for the "Live-View" map of our flight to Houston (will
show up once we take off from Roatan): Click
A direct link for the "Live-View" map of our flight to San Antonio (will
show up once we take off from Houston): Click