DnD BnBnB.... or the Bermuda Triangle of Honduras

Trip Start Feb 03, 2006
Trip End Jun 20, 2006

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

So, after leaving Comayagua (still shuddering over the headboard and the weasels), we headed out to the Lago de Yojoa. Now, I keep thinking that our Lonely Planet guide will get better for some reason, but again and again it disappoints. It gave instructions for getting to the D&D Bed Breakfast and Brewery, but mentioned at least 3 towns not seen on any maps in the book.

We managed to get to the lake, and then (on the advice of every Honduran we asked), walked 3 kilometers down the wrong road to a dead end, not the D&D. After a hitchhike and taxi ride, we did manage to make it to the hotel.

The D&D is unlike anywhere we have been in Central America. It is run by and Oregon Expat and his Honduran wife, Robert and Zynthia Dale (hence the D&D, I suppose). They have 5 rooms and a great restaurant with both typico and US cuisine as well as beers and sodas that Robert makes on the premises in a shipping container that he had outfitted as a brewery while in the US and shipped by sea to Honduras. They make a great porter, and good amber and pale ales, as well as some dodgy fruit ales (Andrew and I have an aversion to fruit ales, and now we have a special aversion to Mango Ale). He also makes root beer, vanilla and strawberry sodas, and carbonated blueberry juice. They actually grow blueberries on the mountain slopes above the hotel.

Robert and his wife are great hosts. Robert took time to drive us over the mountain to the small town of Las Vegas and showing us his extensive collection of artifacts. He finds most of these while doing his side business, digging swimming pools and septic tanks. Especially brilliant was the Jade hand axe. And the mandible complete with jade false tooth!

While reading through guest-book entries of past travellers, most ended with something like "I meant to stay a night, ended up staying 2 weeks".

We meant to stay 2 nights, ended up staying 4. Andrew worked for Robert building new cabins for a day, so we lived gratis that day.

Lago Yojoa is a really big nice lake. We read that you can catch 10-13 lb. bass in the lake, though Andrew insists that the people writing that meant that the average daily catch totals 10-13 lbs. There are steep, densely forested mountains around the lake, and an amazing variety of bird species. We met an English guy, Malcolm, who provided us with a lot of information on local birding, and birding in general. For the last 25 years, he has worked summers as a fruit-picker in France, travelled the world looking at birds in the winters. He thinks England is too far from the Equator.

We went and saw a waterfall near the town of Peņa Blanca. Our Lonely Planet listed it as 443 meters, but alas it was a typo. Still, a 44 meter waterfall is pretty impressive. We had the option of going to a "cave" behind the falls, but decided against the extra cost. However, the couple we were with (Josh and Kat of Michigan and Tennessee respectively) gave it a go. The guide didnīt tell them that they would have to go through chest-deep water, make several sketchy rock-to-rock jumps, and then get pelted by the falls before getting to the hole behind the falls, which was barely big enough for 2 people to fit into. Josh described crossing under the waterfall as somebody punching you repeatedly on the back of the head.

They were happy to have done it, once they were back to safety, and despite losing a pair of sunglasses and a pack of cigarettes. We were glad to be dry.
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