The Real Roatan

Trip Start Aug 19, 2007
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Real Roatan
Dave's dad, Harry came to visit last week. This is his second trip to Roatan, having come for Christmas last year. The weather was great, not to hot or humid and no rain. Being the trooper that he is (87 years young), Harry was ready for every adventure. Walks to the dock, going to watch Dave play the drums at The Blue Channel in West End and meeting up with our friends, were just a few of the things we did. Harry and Dave went out fishing with Artlie one afternoon and brought back 4 wonderful tunas. I've never cooked those before, but a phone call and info from friends got me through...very yummy. Casey and Harry became fast friends; she followed him around like...well, a puppy dog. Sorry about your shoelaces Harry, Casey never saw those before, she's use to sandals and flip-flops.
Dave arranged for us to go out with Captain Dave, on his catamaran the last day of the visit. I admit (for me) the waters were a little rough, but still well worth the trip. We set out from West End, sailed along the shore toward West Bay and then back the other way toward were we live in Sandy Bay. We headed back to West End, in time to watch the sun set on the ocean...ahhh, heaven.
From there we walked to Lands End Resort for dinner. Ann-Marie was the guest chef and put out a delicious Italian Meal, served up by Roatan's best; Tita. The setting was perfect, thanks to Adi (Land's End manager), who added soft lights, warm colours and attractive décor to create a tranquil dinning experience. Harry, Dave and I were enjoying our dinner, when I spotted something just off the deck, on the sand, to the side of the ocean; it was a DEER! It watched us for a while and then wandered away, around a corner. Dave went to investigate and a few minutes later came walking back to the deck, with the deer and a cat, following him. I ran to the car for my camera and when I came back, Dave and Harry had gone around that same corner and there were 5 deer...and the cat, with them. These deer love, I mean LOVE to be around people, and to lick hands. I am very grateful I had the camera; I don't think I would have believed me, if I told myself it happened. We found out from Adi, that the deer are wild but quite content to hang around since they get a good feed of fruit, veggies and bread scraps every day.
What a great ending to a great visit. Hanging out with deer on Roatan, may not be a daily experience, but it does show what it is really like here. In the Canadian news recently, there was a story of a very unfortunate incident on the Island involving a Canadian being shot. We do not personally know the gentleman or the details, but our sympathies go to him and his family as he battles to recover from his injuries in Saskatchewan. But, just as sad is that the Canadian Government has seen fit to post a travel advisory for Honduras advising against travelling here.  I can't say what it is like on the mainland, but I can tell you with all confidence that Roatan is no more dangerous then Canada to visit. We are not being car-jacked, raped or robbed as the advisory says is "common". Tourists do not have to stay confined in Resort areas. This Island has a lot to offer, from one end to the other. Whether it is where you live or a place you visit, street-smarts are necessary, don't go into secluded areas (especially after dark) and never alone. Would you do that in your home town? I think not. The only part of the advisory I agree with is "Don't flaunt affluence." You don't need jewelry and other displays of wealth here. The sparkle of the suns rays on the ocean and the bright stars, far outshine anything you may bring. We live amongst people who (a high percentage) live in a simple one room shack, quite often without running water, or the basics we take for granted. This is not Disney Land, it is real, and it's a beautiful place to call home...or just come visit for a while.
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garvatola on

A Pleasure !
Dear Dave & Genny,

It is always a pleasure to read about your adventures & travels through-out Roatan. Genny, your a fabulous writer and your entries are excellent reading and very enjoyable. I am so happy Daves father made it over to visit. He is a very nice man & I think it is great you had the time together. One day, maybe, we will see what it would take to venture to Roatan. You never know? Take care, Garth & Cathy

gennyca on

Re: Friendly Deer???
Where you the Great White North, are you sure it wasn't Polar Bear...or perhaps Reindeer.

I'll pass on your offer...bring me more Swiffer cloths instead.


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