That’s right, folks…Erin is back on the road! This time, along with Brett, and Delilah (17 months), we also brought my 12-year-old step son, Alek. What a crowd! We are headed to Roatan, Honduras for two weeks, followed by five weeks in the USA (four weeks in Wisconsin and one in Seattle/California).
Now if everyone thought I was a bit nuts for bringing a 7-month-old to Europe for six weeks last year, they thought I was flat out ready for the looney bin when they heard I was carting a (very rambunctious) toddler to three different continents over a seven week period. And I gotta say…they were partly right. The flight was NOT fun. Scratch that, the flight was absolute TORTURE. Particularly the long flight, in which she was squirming, screaming, running into the aisles, and AWAKE for 12 of the 14 hours. I was seriously losing it on more than one occasion. All I can say is, thank goodness for a husband with infinitely more patience than myself!
After about 40 hours of flying, an overnight stay in a hotel in Atlanta (at which Delilah woke up for the day at midnight), and a whole lot of tantrums, we finally arrived in Roatan. Mom and Dad met us there and took us straight over to their holiday house on the water. I hadn’t been here before and about died when we walked in the door and saw this:
SERIOUSLY??? Then I actually walked out on the balcony to discover that this was our panoramic view:
A-maz-ing. The best part of the house though is the colour. It’s bright pink with lime green trim…so very tropical. So it’s only fitting that Mom and Dad have named the house ‘The Pink Orchid’. I love it! I haven’t taken very many photos of the outside yet, but here’s one we took from a kayak on our second day here:
You’ll have to excuse the poor quality of many of the photos on here…while I brought the big camera, it’s just not practical in most beachy situations, so we have been using the little camera 99% of the time!
The first thing we did was run straight down to the dock and jump in for a snorkel. We’d heard that there was good snorkeling just 20 meters from the dock, and we couldn’t wait to check it out.
And we were absolutely AMAZED at all of the gorgeous coral and seal life we found within a 20 meter square radius of the dock. This is truly a snorkeling and diving heaven here in Roatan. Here’s some shots we got using our underwater camera…love that thing!
The next morning we got up and set out for lunch at The Hole in the Wall. The Hole in the Wall is a famous restaurant here in Roatan. It really is a big hole in the wall…just a shack on stilts over the water that you need to take a boat to get to. It’s very charming, despite the dilapidated appearance. Only open on Sundays for lunch, it serves the most delicious all-you-can-eat lobster and steak. Mom and Dad never miss a Sunday at Hole in the Wall, so this one was no exception.
Here we are on the boat:
It was Delilah’s first boat ride and she LOVED it!
Coming up to The Hole in the Wall:
And since they encourage writing on the walls, we we decided to leave our mark 🙂
We spend most afternoons just hanging around on the balcony soaking up the sun and the views. It is just glorious and hard to even look away from the gorgeous view for even a second! We love the lounge chairs, eat our breakfast on the outdoor bar table and chairs, and even sit out there to check our email. It’s such an amazing spot!
And Dad enjoying some coconut milk, picked fresh from one of their trees:
A few days later, we decided to head out to the reef for some hard core snorkeling. The reef is literally 300 meters from the dock and stretches for as far as the eye can see in either direction. We had planned on swimming it, but at the last second we managed to flag down some fisherman who took us out to the reef, gave us an hour-long personal snorkeling tour, and brought us back home all for $20.
The reef here in Roatan is the second largest coral reef in the world (after the Great Barrier Reef) and is every bit as gorgeous as we had hoped. We saw the most massive underwater cliffs, GORGEOUS colours, huge tropical fish, and even a sea turtle! My favourite part was swimming along the wall of the dropoff…so much marine life was just bursting from the sides of the reef. Stunning. We can’t wait to go again! Here are some of our favourite shots:
Amazing, right?? I was snorkeling around with the biggest dumbest smile on my face the entire time. I am ECSTATICALLY excited about going diving this coming week. WOOHOO!!
The next day we headed to the local markets for some quick shopping. The markets were small, but quaint. And we even stopped off in the cruise terminal for some lobster burritos for lunch. Don’t mind my un-makeuped face…it’s silly to bother even trying to put on makeup when we spend so much time in the water!
Street in Coxen Hole:
Tired Delilah and Mummy hanging out at the markets:
And all of us in front of the cruise terminal:
Other than that, we’ve mostly just been relaxing and swimming. Like clockwork, we go out every evening for a swim just before sunset. It’s so gorgeous being out there floating around while the sun starts to creep towards the horizon.
And the one of us who loves it the most by FAR is Delilah. I swear, this girl is half fish. She could swim all day long and still be begging for more! She kicks around next to the dock having a grand old time while we either float or snorkel around her. What a cutie pie 🙂
Here she is kicking out into the sunset, determined to swim off by herself (LOL):
And getting her nightly ‘bath’ in the outdoor shower:
And just before the sun sets, we all run up to the balcony to enjoy the last fleeting moments of sunlight. The sun sets literally DIRECTLY in front of our balcony. It’s like having front row seats to heaven! Every night is better than the last…we couldn’t ask for more.
Here’s one of my favourites (and one of the only shots in this blog post taken with the big camera!):
The internet isn’t the best here, but I’ll try to get at least one more blog post out from Roatan. We are having the time of our lives!
Erin, Brett, Alek, and Delilah