The best beer in Cental America

Trip Start Sep 10, 2006
Trip End ??? ??, 2007

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Friday, January 5, 2007

Jan 2 we got up early to get a bus to Honduras which we were told left at 7am but to be outside at 6:45. Well the bus passed our hotel at 6:30, luckily we were just about ready and ran out the door to get the bus before it took off again. We made it just in time and this was a good thing because the next bus came by at 1pm. It was a long bumpy ride to Marcala, Honduras. There were no customs or immigration offices along this route so we never officially checked back into the country, and the ride in a crowded bus along a dirt road gave the feeling that we were sneaking into the country. At Marcala we searched in vain for a bank with an ATM or one with the capability of withdrawing money from the teller.  With not enough money to go to La Esperanza like we planned, we headed instead to Lago Yojoa with a overnight stop in Comayagua. This was a busy town with construction going on everywhere, we searched again for an ATM and dinner. There was a Wendy's and a Dominoes but we stayed clear of those American fast-food temptations. We had a good dinner and some ice cream and finally found a bank that we could get some money at. A long travel day, almost 9 hours and not very fun.
Jan 3. Another early morning to catch a bus, after eating breakfast for $3 for the both of us we were on our way to the lake. 3 buses later we were at a Microbrewery hostel. Yep, you read that right, a guy from Oregon set up a hostel and brewery down here. Its a very nice place with a great garden, swimming pool and pure drinking water from the taps. A real gringo place if we ever saw one. We had some lunch along with some of his home made soda (we were saving the beer for dinner). Set up our tent in the garden and headed out to see some water falls. On the walk to the bus we realized we did not know the name of the falls, ´How hard could it be without the name?´ Casey said. Well we ended up on the bus trying to explain where we wanted to go. Finally the ayudante (the guy who collects money and helps load the bus) told us a price which we paid. 2 minutes later he said we were going the wrong way and we had to get off here and get a different bus. I guess it was hard after all...we walked back down the hill and back to the hostel where we realized how we made our mistake. We needed a bus heading down the mountain not up it, oh-well it was too late at this point to go anywhere so we got some soda and coffee (can you guess who had the coffee?) and played cards, read,  and just chilled. Oh yeah on the walk back down the hill it rained pretty hard on us. Had a great dinner and even better beer. This is the first real beer we have had since being in Central America. He brews porter, amber, mango, apricot, dopplebock and sodas. Casey had the mango and I had the porter, they were both divine. ( Eric here is a great idea for you, open a brewery down here in some sweet place on the coast and I will come and work for you!)
Jan 4. After a great breakfast of french toast and slightly under cooked blueberry pancakes we got on the right bus to the falls. Their name is Pulhapanzak in case you were wondering, you can see how we could forget it. The falls were amazing, about 43 meters high and pretty wide. There was a cool rainbow over the river below the falls making the whole scene surreal. We went down the short path that led to a viewing platform near the bottom of the falls. It was so misty here that we were soaked through in seconds. The other couple we were with Matt and Kim went with a guide to see behind the falls. We instead went back up to the river above the falls and took a dip. Back at the hostel for lunch we had PB&J sandwiches with some groceries we picked up in town and some great home made sodas. Casey took a dip in the pool and I read until it was time for our rowboat adventure. With Kim and Matt we got in an old rickety rowboat that when we loaded was very low in the water. To make it worse the oarlock system was rope around a bar which did not work well at all. So we gave up rowing and instead paddled it like a canoe with the other Matt in the front Kim in the middle and Casey and I in the back, we all took turns paddling. The locals along the river looked at us in wonder and laughed. Finally we got to the mouth of the river that meets the lake and called it good. We could go no further. But the view from here was amazing, the lake with all the mountains surrounding it and a cloud forest in the distance, it was beautiful. We were on the look out for birds the whole time since we were told this is a prime location for birding. We saw some but none of us really know anything about birds so we had no clue what types of birds we saw. We had a nice relaxing paddle back with the wind and current in our favor. Back at the hostel for more tasty beer, dinner and card playing time. A very good day indeed.
Jan 5. This morning we made our own breakfast of oatmeal mosh with bananas and sugar, Very tasty. Got two buses to Guama where we were going to get one more to get to a cloud forest NP. Here we decided it was too late in the day already to head up there because after the next bus we still had to walk about 4k to get to the entrance. So instead we got a different bus and went to a cave system. Had a short guided hike into the cave. The cave is lit with colorful lights that make the whole thing look fake. The formations were very cool and the tour was interesting. We ate lunch outside the cave and headed back to town near our hostel to do some internet and have a relaxing evening by the pool. The owner of this brewery Bob is a very interesting man, he loves to hear himself talk and is a bit conceited, but even stranger is his sidekick Malcom. He is a old British hippie with long grey hair and a long grey braided beard who likes to talk even more than Bob, and he knows everything about everything. The best part is that Bob brews his beer inside the container of a semi-truck with out wheels. Tomorrow we head somewhere else... not sure yet.
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