A busy week - rainforest and events in the house
Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
81Trip End Jul 14, 2010
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Last weekend, a group of us went to Pico Bonito National Park, which is on the north coast. Zan's mum was visiting from the UK, so we arranged the weekend break, to see something of the country.
We took the 5am bus to San Pedro and then the 6am luxury bus to La Ceiba. We are lucky enough to get free bus tickets from one of the local companies, if we book in advance. So by 10am we were in town and so walked into the centre, with Garret and Zan taking photos every few metres!! There isn’t much in La Ceiba but it was nice for Dawn, Zan’s mum to see a typical city. We went to the Banana Republic Guesthouse to catch the tour and took a jeep into the forest. As we climbed the cloud got lower and lower, but we were pleasantly surprised to see the lodge nestled on the river bank
It was a great spot, and the lodge was nice and rustic! Dawn, Bryan and I went hiking for the afternoon, climbing up to see the waterfalls. First, we walked down the road with the guide, being introduced to edible vegetation. Then we had to walk across a waist high (for me!) river! We had taken our shoes off, but I had to be careful a) not to get the rucksack wet but also b) not to get swept away by the very strong current!! I didn’t mind much about me getting wet, but the camera was a different matter!
We had a well earned break on the other side, and then headed up the hillside via a trail. Some of the trail was well marked and had proper steps, but in other areas it was a case of climbing over the boulders! The boulders were often wet and slippery, and at times we had to crawl over them or fall over! We came across the small waterfall first, which was really beautiful (see the pic) and then continued up to the main 80 m falls. The problem at the top was that the heavens opened, we got soaked and all the boulders were so slippery that we all slid and slided around. I have to say that, that was not fun! I only got one shot of these falls when we got into the forest, as I wasn’t going to risk the camera with the heavy rain. So the top was a bit heavy going, but then we came down a much easier trail
We spent the night at the lodge; a simple pasta dinner and then went to sleep with the sound of the rushing water. It was much cooler there, and we had to ask for a couple of extra blankets! Madi and I had a private room and decided to share the large double rather than use the bed at the top of the room… it was at least much warmer.
Sunday morning, we enjoyed hanging out at the rocks, the guys were jumping off the rocks into the water. Bryan had lost his sunglasses the previous day, on the other side of the river and so swam across. We also walked up to a hanging bridge to enjoy the views of the river. Bryan overcame his nervousness and we were so proud of him as he crossed it! Some great photos were had of the bridge and surroundings. We headed off at 1230 to get a lift back to La Ceiba and then to San Pedro. Madi got a stomach bug from when we were away, so that had her out of action for a couple of days, and Zan has been kindly sharing her cold around the group – and it hit me this week
Since Sunday, I have been back at work, but Bryan has been doing an increasing amount of the prep and teaching, so things are quite easy for me. It looks like another science teacher, Charlie from the USA, is going to come in and take over for the rest of the year, which will be good for the kids. Bryan probably is only staying until feb.
Wednesday, we came home to find the back door was open…. so I looked in the room and found that some things were missing – my cash (which unfortunately was quite a lot), ipod, all the torches in the house, etc. Luckily they left the cameras, passports and the debit cards so it wasn’t terrible. It will teach me not to have so much cash. We did have a xmas present all wrapped, and the corner of that got ripped….. but the best thing was that they didn’t eat the chocolate!!! UK chocolate too J
I got the police report on Thursday (the principal and Hilda the secretary went in with me), and so will try and make a claim on my insurance this weekend. We have to get the back door fixed this weekend, as we’ve been having someone stay in the house all the time, since the robbery. The person blamed for the robbery is the neighbour – even his sisters say it is him, and the police came around yesterday to try and get evidence to put him away; I don’t think they found anything though. Hopefully, with all the police action yesterday, the perp will stay away!
This will be my last weekend here; no real plans. Will start to sort things to go to school and get some of it packed away. Some things will not be leaving here, so I’ll ditch those. Hand washing t shirts does ruin them after a while. So, I have a count down of 4 teaching days and then the Christmas pageant day on Friday…. will tell you how the week goes next time!