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September 17th, 2018 at 04:44 pm

I got home Sunday night about 9 p.m. I'm thankful I took today off as well, because the lawn was in dire need of being mowed, plus I needed to do all my usual prep for the week things.


Overall I had a good time.


Saturday night before the cruise a good friend I hadn't seen in years stayed with us at our hotel. We stayed up WAY late talking. Smile


She has two elementary aged children and her husband has a debilitating illness which pretty much puts the whole load on her. Thankfully before the illness manifested itself, he was a border patrol agent and had all kinds of insurance on himself. Including long term disability.


I had to deal with an eBay buyer claiming I hadn't sent their item. Finally they admitted that their son's roommate had taken it. No apology of course.


The absolute best part of the trip was our excursion on Roatan, Honduras. It started out a little iffy - we were following our guide through the neighborhood streets of the city to our van. (We got there late.)


Once we were in the van with the others, we drove for about 45 minutes through the island. We really got a good look at their reality I think, versus how often tourists are given only the pretty version of a place.


Our first stop was an animal sanctuary. Outside where we waited, there were a number of cats hanging around which made me feel right at home. Smile


Inside, I got to hold a sloth!! I also held a mccaw bird and went into a monkey cage. The monkeys were hilarious. I took some videos but am not sure how to share them here.


This one guy in our group got peed on by a monkey, and then later stung by a jellyfish. His wife wanted to go horseback riding - he adamantly said no. Smile


After the animal sanctuary, we went snorkeling near a shipwreck. I've been snorkeling before and feel pretty confident about my swimming abilities. But I am SO glad I decided to use a life jacket.


The shipwreck was in a coral reef which was very near the surface. A former Corneal freaked out and so did my mom - before getting very far. I freaked out too - but mostly because I had been holding back waiting for my mom and was separated from the group. I was worried I wouldn't find a path back to the boat through the coral.


I did see some fish, but I'm glad I didn't bother with buying a camera to take pictures - I never was relaxed enough to do that.


It really was a great time overall though.


Our other two ports were Cozumel and Costa Maya Mexico. We only went ashore for a few hours at each of those places - it was SO hot and humid.


After being to a few stores you pretty much saw everything available. I bought DH a t-shirt, and a nice top for myself. Mom bought a bunch of various things.


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Most of the entertainment was top notch. One of the two comedians was quite funny. One night they had a musical version of Saturday Night Fever which was amazing. Another night they had a Cirque de so lei(sp?) style performance which was phenomenal.


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The first night mom had a raging fit and we ended up getting move to a room with a port hole …. Loved the room, but could have lived without the embarrassment. (One of her bags had the tag ripped off, so she was sent all over looking for it, everyone assuming there must be alcohol or an iron in it. Neither of us drink.)


The first three days we had some rough seas and lots of rain. It was a very weird sensation to run on a treadmill on rough seas …


I was able to find PLENTY to eat. I had salad for lunch and dinner, plus cooked veggies and fresh fruit. I did veer away from my diet a little … um … chocolate molten cake ….


I don't think I gained anything - but I did make a point to take the stairs as much as possible. Plus made use of the treadmill a few times.


Okay - I made a shared album if you want to see the videos and more pictures. I'm going to see if I can help mom figure out how to add hers to the shared album too.


https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B15G4TcsmGaazwl;F5210E44-4C91-4BF0-96E1-2F1B36A64D9A

Waiting to board ship:


Cats outside animal sanctuary



Selfie with monkey




Holding Sloth



Outside a shop in Roatan



9 Responses to “Back Home!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Sounds and looks like you had a very nice time!

  2. Joanne Says:

    It looks like you had fun on your trip/cruise . Glad for you. And, that was really hard working of you,that you cut the grass as soon as you got home
    Glad yoe enjoyed your trip.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    The cruise I went on last year also stopped at Costa Maya and Cozumel. Costa Maya was pretty much a bust -- just tourist shops -- but in Cozumel we went to a wonderful beach and had a really great day. Welcome home!

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    I love the monkey picture!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Welcome back. Pretty kitties, but the sloth is my favorite.

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    That sloth is so adorable!! Sounds like a great time despite the few hitches. Welcome home!

  7. Wink Says:

    Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing, looks like a fun trip!

  8. rob62521 Says:

    Great photos! Glad you had a delightful time.

    Sorry about the Ebay person who didn't apologize. Good manners are not in fashion anymore, sad to say.

  9. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks all!

    Joanne - believe me, I wasn't too happy about the lawn not being mowed. But now even with all the extra area to mow, it took me less time than usual due to not having to navigate around multiple structures.

    CB - Costa Maya has only been established for around 15 years if I remember correctly. Essentially a tourist trap.

    MM - That was about the 4th time I had a monkey on me - my mom didn't want to go in the cage, so the only way for me to get a picture was a selfie. I kept trying to get my phone ready, but the monkey(s) left too quickly.

    LR/CJ - The sloth was so awesome. I don't know if you saw the video or not, but when each person held it (except the shorter kids) it would swivel it's head around checking out the group, and then lay it's head on your shoulder. It was just an amazing experience.

    Thanks Wink!

    Thanks Rob - yeah I think they were embarrassed. Still could've apologized.

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