Category Archives: NORTH AMERICA

Canada: A Halloween Jeep Holiday

Location of Canada in North America
Location of Canada in North America

 

Theme: Jeepin’ Around Canada Roadtrip        Country: Canada  Language English & French  Unit of Currency: Canadian dollar   Location: Montreal, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Quebec City, & Toronto Year: 2000 & 2012 Bucket list: Photographing the mist at Niagara Falls

Entrance to Prison; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
Entrance to Prison; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

DO:  SPEND HALLOWEEN AT MONTREAL’S SIX FLAGS THEME PARK

Montreal:
  • Jumping on every roller coaster in the Six Flag’s theme park and checking out the street performers
Creative Shot; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Creative Shot; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Beast; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Beast; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Awesome Expression; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Awesome Expression; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Witch; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Witch; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Summoned; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Summoned; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Band of Ghouls; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Band of Ghouls; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Band Conductor; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Band Conductor; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Band of Ghouls; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Band of Ghouls; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Pumpkin Carver; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Pumpkin Carver; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Pumpkins; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Pumpkins; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Event Pumpkin; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Event Pumpkin; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Silly Pumpkins; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Silly Pumpkins; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Witch; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Witch; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Rollercoaster; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Roller Coaster; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Rollercoaster; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Roller Coaster; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Blood Water; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Blood Water; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Skeleton on a Boat; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Skeleton on a Boat; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Bloody Ride; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Bloody Ride; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Skull; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Skull; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

Rollercoaster; Montreal, Canada; 2011
Roller Coaster; Montreal, Canada; 2011

 

DO:  VISIT THE NIAGARA FALLS

Niagara Falls City:
  • Photographing the Niagara Falls in Canada and getting a glimpse of New York’s Buffalo Falls
History of Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
History of Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

Mist Sunrise over Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
Mist Sunrise over Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

Sunset over Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
Sunset over Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

Colorful Sky; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
Colorful Sky; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

Sunset Buffalo Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
Sunset Buffalo Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

Cool Sky; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
Cool Sky; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

In Front of Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
In Front of Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

Good Mate, Joakim; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
Good Mate, Joakim; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

Sunset Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
Sunset Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011
Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls, Canada; 2011

 

 

DO:  SPEND THE NIGHT IN AN OLD JAIL HOSTEL

Ottawa:
  • On Halloween night, staying the night in a haunted jail hostel and a quick jaunt to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Canal Rideau
    Canal Rideau; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
    Canal Rideau; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

     

    Canal Rideau; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
    Canal Rideau; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

     

    Welcome to Canal Rideau; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
    Welcome to Canal Rideau; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

     

    St. Nicolas; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
    St. Nicholas; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

     

    Black Squirrel; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
    Black Squirrel; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

     

    Enter; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
    Enter; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

     

    Bars on Windows; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
    Bars on Windows; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

     

    Cells with Red Lights; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
    Cells with Red Lights; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

     

    Cells; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
    Cells; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

     

    Light the Way; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
    Light the Way; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

     

    Exit; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
    Exit; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

     

    Gaol Hospital Women's Prison; Ottawa, Canada; 2011
    Gaol Hospital Women’s Prison; Ottawa, Canada; 2011

     

DO:  EXPLORE THE CITY OF TORONTO

Toronto:
  • Walking down the street taking in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the city
Volcom; Toronto, Canada; 2011
Volcom; Toronto, Canada; 2011

 

Hockey Player Statues; Toronto, Canada; 2011
Hockey Player Statues; Toronto, Canada; 2011

 

Hockey Player Statues; Toronto, Canada; 2011
Hockey Player Statues; Toronto, Canada; 2011

 

Hockey Hall of Fame; Toronto, Canada; 2011
Hockey Hall of Fame; Toronto, Canada; 2011

 

Hockey Hall of Fame; Toronto, Canada; 2011
Hockey Hall of Fame; Toronto, Canada; 2011

 

Hockey Player Statues; Toronto, Canada; 2011
Hockey Player Statues; Toronto, Canada; 2011

 

Hockey Hall of Fame; Toronto, Canada; 2011
Hockey Hall of Fame; Toronto, Canada; 2011

 

Melinda Street; Toronto, Canada; 2011
Melinda Street; Toronto, Canada; 2011

 

Zanzibar; Toronto, Canada; 2011
Zanzibar; Toronto, Canada; 2011

 

City View; Toronto, Canada; 2011
City View; Toronto, Canada; 2011

 

Bank of Nova Scotia Emblem; Toronto, Canada; 2011
Bank of Nova Scotia Emblem; Toronto, Canada; 2011

Trinidad & Tobago: Just Limin’ Island Style

Location of Trinidad & Tobago in North America
Location of Trinidad & Tobago in North America

 

Theme: My Offshore Lifestyle  Country: Trinidad & Tobago Language: English Unit of Currency: Trinidad & Tobago dollars     Locations: Island Tours, including Port of Spain (Trinidad) & Scarborough (Tobago)  Year: 2010-2011   Bucket list: Hiring a car to venture around both islands

Fresh Off the Geo Searcher; Trinidad; 2011
Fresh Off the Geo Searcher; Trinidad; 2011

 

DO:  HIRE A TAXI AND TOUR THE ISLANDS

Island Tour for Trinidad:

  • Driving in a mini van and venturing around the island in search of capturing stunning photography
Tyrico Bay; Trinidad; 2011
Tyrico Bay; Trinidad; 2011

 

Close-up of Red Bridge; Trinidad; 2011
Close-up of Red Bridge; Trinidad; 2011

 

Palm Trees; Trinidad; 2011
Palm Trees; Trinidad; 2011

 

Red Bridge; Trinidad; 2011
Red Bridge; Trinidad; 2011

 

Paradise; Trinidad; 2011
Paradise; Trinidad; 2011

 

Island Tour for Tobago:

  • Driving in a truck and exploring the island
Mike and I; Ferry to Tobago; 2011
Mike and I; Ferry to Tobago; 2011

 

Waterfall Performer; Argyle Waterfalls & Nature Park, Tobago; 2011
Waterfall Performer; Argyle Waterfalls & Nature Park, Tobago; 2011

 

Water Ending; Argyle Waterfalls & Nature Park, Tobago; 2011
Water Ending; Argyle Waterfalls & Nature Park, Tobago; 2011

 

Fort King George, Tobago; 2011
Fort King George, Tobago; 2011

 

Canyons at Fort King George, Tobago; 2011
Canyons at Fort King George, Tobago; 2011

 

Cool View of Fort King George, Tobago; 2011
Cool View of Fort King George, Tobago; 2011

 

Mystery of the Ocean; Hope Bay, Tobago; 2011
Mystery of the Ocean; Hope Bay, Tobago; 2011

 

Driftwood; Tobago; 2011
Driftwood; Tobago; 2011

 

Mountain View; Tobago; 2011
Mountain View; Tobago; 2011

 

Ocean Colors; Trinidad; 2011
Ocean Colors; Trinidad; 2011

Costa Rica: Superman’s Hide Out

Location of Costa Rica in Central America
Location of Costa Rica in Central America

 

Theme: Central American Adventure Tour  Country: Costa Rica  Languages: Spanish  Unit of Currency: Costa Rican colon  Locations: La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, San Jose, San Ramon, & Tortuguero Year: 2013   Bucket list: Witnessing green sea turtles nesting

Video: Superman – 60mph, 1 mile, & 315 ft above the ground

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Volcan Arenal; Costa Rica; 2013
Volcan Arenal; Costa Rica; 2013

 

DO:  HIKE VOLCAN ARENAL

La Fortuna:
  • Hiking Volcan Arenal
First Stage of Hiking; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013
First Stage of Hiking; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Basking in Lake Chetal; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013
Basking in Lake Chetal; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Lake Chetal; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013
Lake Chetal; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Posing during Hiking; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013
Posing during Hiking; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Swinging Bridge; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013
Swinging Bridge; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Waterfalll; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013
Waterfall; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Swimming in the Waterfall; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013
Swimming in the Waterfall; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Tour Guide, Andreas and Waterfall; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013
Tour Guide, Andreas and Waterfall; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Victory Drink in a Hot Water Spring; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013
Victory Drink in a Hot Water Spring; Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica; 2013

 

  • Floating down stream on a safari river cruise with a small wooden canoe – torrential downpour with the victory of Costa Rican coffee
Downpour on the River; Costa Rica; 2013
Downpour on the River; Costa Rica; 2013

 

Canoe Trip; Costa Rica; 2013
Canoe Trip; Costa Rica; 2013

 

Floating on a River; Costa Rica; 2013
Floating on a River; Costa Rica; 2013

 

  • White water rafting expedition with Class IV and V rapids
The German Couple and I; Costa Rica; 2013
The German Couple and I; Costa Rica; 2013

 

Class IV Rapids; Costa Rica; 2013
Class IV Rapids; Costa Rica; 2013

 

The team and I; Costa Rica; 2013
The team and I; Costa Rica; 2013

 

Class V Rapids; Costa Rica; 2013
Class V Rapids; Costa Rica; 2013

 

DO:  WATCH OUT FOR PIT VIPERS

 Manuel Antonio:
  • Exploring the wildlife, including sloths that reside in the park
Monkey Climbing a Tree; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; 2013
Squirrel Monkey Climbing a Tree; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Welcome to Manuel Antonio; Costa Rica; 2013
Welcome to Manuel Antonio; Costa Rica; 2013

 

Lizard Sitting on a Rock; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; 2013
Lizard Sitting on a Rock; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Signature Jumpin' Photograph; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; 2013
Signature Jumpin’ Photograph; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Pit Viper; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; 2013
Pit Viper; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; 2013

 

DO:  FLY LIKE SUPERMAN

San Ramon:

  • Jumping on the chance to fly like superman!
Superman Harness; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013
Superman Harness; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Superman Kit; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013
Superman Kit; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Harnessed to a Tree; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013
Harnessed to a Tree; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Adventure Cables; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013
Adventure Cables; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013

 

  • Abseiling into a waterfall and swinging like Tarzan
Overview of Water Canyon; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013
Overview of Water Canyon; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Plummeting into a Water Canyon; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013
Plummeting into a Water Canyon; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Waterfall Repelling; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013
Waterfall Repelling; San Ramon, Costa Rica; 2013

 

DO:  WITNESS GREEN SEA TURTLES NESTING

Tortuguero:
  • Discovering a green sea turtle nesting site off of Costa Rica’s coast
Green Sea Turtle Nesting Site; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013
Green Sea Turtle Nesting Site; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Green Sea Turtle Footprints; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013
Green Sea Turtle Footprints; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Green Sea Turtle Egg; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013
Green Sea Turtle Egg; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Dead Green Sea Turtle Hatchling; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013
Dead Green Sea Turtle Hatchling; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Three-toed Sloth; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013
Three-toed Sloth; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013
Blue Jean Poison Dart Frog; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013
Blue Jean Poison Dart Frog; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013

 

Costa Rica Overview:

1) Trekking a volcano and hiking within Costa Rica’s jungle definitely pushed my personal limitations on so different levels. Needless to say, the 2 volcano hike was absolutely a challenge! The steep trails and mud stick holes formulated this 8 hour hike to be one of most difficult treks that I have completed in Central America. End result: Signature jumpin’ photograph with Volcán Arenal, hot springs, and new friendships created! grin emoticon

2) Canoeing down a river in a torrential downpour was crazy, and cold! For some reason, I had this silly idea that it would STOP raining, but did it? Of course not, after 4 hours of paddling through one of Costa Rica’s most habitable rivers in the rain, it made me realize how much rain Costa Rica gets every year. The lightning over the river was pretty cool, though quite close! I know that I am in the rainy season, but seriously, I could have used a little bit of sunshine! 

3) Cruising on a jungle river looking for monkeys! I felt that I was on a proper safari, minus the safari hat!  A peaceful river within Tortuguero was an incredible way to view the wildlife that reside here. Amongst loads of Howler and Spider monkeys, I saw a croc, several species of birds, lizards (favorite one: Jesus Christ lizard <actually runs on water!>), freshwater crabs, etc. This experience has geared me up to take on a river cruise on the Amazon! 

Sloth in a Tree; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013
Sloth in a Tree; Tortuguero, Costa Rica; 2013

Nicaragua: Volcano Boarding

Location of Nicaragua in Central America
Location of Nicaragua in Central America

 

Theme: Central American Adventure Tour  Country: Nicaragua  Languages: Spanish  Unit of Currency: Nicaraguan cordoba    Location: Leon, Isla Los Brasiles (Poneloya), Managua, & San Juan del Sol  Year: 2013   Bucket list: Volcano boarding at 50mph+

Video: Nighttime Fire Dancing on a Remote Island

 

 

Cerro Negro; Nicaragua; 2013
Cerro Negro; Nicaragua; 2013

 

DO:  VOLCANO BOARD DOWN AN ACTIVE VOLCANO

Leon:
  • Becoming part of an adrenaline-filled tour group, complete with jumping in the back of a pick-up truck through the Nicaraguan jungle, hiking intensively for 1 hour Volcan Cerro Negro, celebrating with your new good mates as you all are covered from head to toe of volcanco ash, and having bragging rights that YOU just boarded down an active volcano! And, salsa dancing with them to celebrate the day’s accomplishments!
Celebratory Drink, Local Beer; Nicaragua; 2013
Celebratory Drink, Local Beer; Nicaragua; 2013

 

Sonja with the Aftermath Look of Volcano Boarding; Nicaragua; 2013
Ronja with the Aftermath Look of Volcano Boarding; Nicaragua; 2013

 

Mates Ready to Rock; Nicaragua; 2013
Mates Ready to Rock; Nicaragua; 2013

 

Final Thoughts Before Going 1st Down the Volcano; Nicaragua; 2013
Final Thoughts Before Going 1st Down the Volcano; Nicaragua; 2013

 

Good Mate, Merav, with Her Signature Jumpin' Photograph; Nicaragua; 2013
Good Mate, Merav, with Her Signature Jumpin’ Photograph; Nicaragua; 2013

 

German Boys and I; Nicaragua; 2013
German Boys and I; Nicaragua; 2013

 

Landscape of Volcano; Nicaragua; 2013
Landscape of Volcano; Nicaragua; 2013

 

Volcano Boarding Gear; Nicaragua; 2013
Volcano Boarding Gear; Nicaragua; 2013

 

Orange Bus; Nicaragua; 2013
Orange Bus; Nicaragua; 2013

 

One Final Moment; Nicaragua; 2013
One Final Moment; Nicaragua; 2013

 

Volcano Boarders; Nicaragua; 2013
Volcano Boarders; Nicaragua; 2013

 

Welcome to Volcan Cerro Negro; Nicaragua; 2013
Welcome to Volcan Cerro Negro; Nicaragua; 2013

 

DO:  SURF THE PACIFIC OCEAN IN A REMOTE LOCATION

Isla Los Brasiles:
  • Driving to the coast via horseback and arriving in one of the most remote destinations that I have ever been to
The Driver and His Horse; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013
The Driver and His Horse; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013

 

Selfie on Horseback Across the River; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013
Selfie on Horseback Across the River; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013

 

Kat on Horseback Across the River; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013
Cat on Horseback Across the River; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013

 

Welcome to the Surfing Turtle Lodge; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013
Welcome to the Surfing Turtle Lodge; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013

 

River Crossing via Small Boat; Poneloya, Nicaragua; 2013
River Crossing via Small Boat; Poneloya, Nicaragua; 2013

 

  • Having a kick-ass surfing weekend
Yoga at Sunset with Johanna; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013
Yoga at Sunset with Johanna; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013

 

Signature Jumpin' Photograph; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013
Signature Jumpin’ Photograph; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013

 

Crazy Weekend with Good Mates; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013
Crazy Weekend with Good Mates; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013

 

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013

 

Longboard Surf Shot; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013
Longboard Surf Shot; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013

 

Turtle Discovery; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013
Turtle Discovery; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013

 

Memorizing Sunset; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013
Memorizing Sunset; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013

 

Sunset Bungalows; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013
Sunset Bungalows; Isla Los Brasiles, Nicaragua; 2013

 

 Goodbye Nicaragua:

I still have sand & bits of pieces of volcanic rock in my shoes, a tan-line from my flip-flops & bikini top, Spanish lingo stuck in my head, and I cannot seem to shake the thoughts of my recents travels in Central America, but oddly enough, it’s time to get on a helicopter in a few short hours, go back to a career that I adore, and head off the west coast of Africa! Humpback whales here I come! 

During my adventure travels, this question arose (illustrated in the below photograph), along with “Who would win in a fight Superman vs. Batman?” 

Before I Die; Leon, Nicaragua; 2013
Before I Die; Leon, Nicaragua; 2013

 

I have a lot of answers, but one that sticks is to VISIT ANTARCTICA (in the process of setting up an expedition on my 35th birthday!)! And, I truly believe Batman would kick Superman’s ass! 

 

Honduras: Plummeting to the Ocean Depths

Location of Honduras in Central America
Location of Honduras in Central America

 

Theme: Central American Adventure Tour  Country: Honduras  Languages: Spanish  Unit of Currency: Honduran lempira Locations: Copan & The Bay Islands (Roatan & Utila)  Year: 2013   Bucket list: Observing a Bluntnose six-gill shark 1,000 ft+ below through a yellow submarine

Video: Up Close and Personal with Hannah (Howler Monkey)

Video: Zip Lining Copan, Honduras

 

 

A Taste of My Submarine Exploration with Stanley Submarines:

Location: West End, Roatan, Honduras! The best footage that I took on this dive of 1,950 feet below the ocean’s surface (located above in the post)! Bluntnose six-gill sharks live in complete darkness and not a lot of information is known about these magnificent creatures. I captured some rare footage at 1,950 feet below the ocean’s surface. 

Note: Cow organs were used for bait, for those that have a sensitive stomach! 

Commentary is added for your pleasure. After the video was filmed, Karl Stanley and I concluded that this particular six gill female pregnant shark was at least 13 feet long.

Go to www.stanleysubmarines.com to book your adventure!

Video: Bluntnose Six-gill Sharks with Karl Stanley’s Submarines

 

Peace Parrot; Copan, Honduras; 2013
Peace Parrot; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

DO:  CHECK OUT THE MAYAN RUINS

Copan:
  • Participating in a day tour to walk around the archaeological site
Skeletal Remains; Copan, Honduras; 2013
Skeletal Remains; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

Signature Jumpin' Photograph; Copan, Honduras; 2013
Signature Jumpin’ Photograph; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

Hieroglyphics; Copan, Honduras; 2013
Hieroglyphics; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

  • Exploring King’s Tomb
Inside King's Tomb with Rob and I; Copan, Honduras; 2013
Inside King’s Tomb with Rob and I; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

Selfie in Front of King's Tomb; Copan, Honduras; 2013
Selfie in Front of King’s Tomb; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

My Tour Guide and I; Copan, Honduras; 2013
My Tour Guide and I; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

DO:  ZIP LINE OVER MACAW MOUNTAIN

Copan:
  • Zip lining within the tree tops of Macaw Mountain
Zip Line Preparation; Copan, Honduras; 2013
Zip Line Preparation; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

Zip Lining Through the Trees; Copan, Honduras; 2013
Zip Lining Through the Trees; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

Zip Line Buddies; Copan, Honduras; 2013
Zip Line Buddies; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

  • After zip lining, take a stroll within Macaw Mountain Park
Rob with His New Mates; Copan, Honduras; 2013
Rob with His New Feather Mates; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

Toucan Chillin'; Honduras, Copan; 2013
Toucan Chillin'; Honduras, Copan; 2013

 

A Resting Owl; Copan, Honduras; 2013
A Resting Owl; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

Parrot Mayhem; Copan, Honduras; 2013
Parrot Mayhem; Copan, Honduras; 2013

 

DO:  SEEK ADVENTURE IN THE BAY ISLANDS

Roatan:
  • Hanging out at Mayan Eden Eco-Park
Butterfly with Rain Drop; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Butterfly with Rain Drop; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

Louie, Capuchin Monkey; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Louie, Capuchin Monkey; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

 

Honduras's Ocelot; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Honduras’s Ocelot; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

Hannah, Howler Monkey; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Hannah, Howler Monkey; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

  • Zip Lining with Pirates of the Caribbean
Posing with My Zip Line Guide; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Posing with My Zip Line Guide; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

Zip Lining One of Central America's Longest Zip Lines; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Zip Lining One of Central America’s Longest Zip Lines; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

Rundown of Zip Lines; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Rundown of Zip Lines; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

Snapshot Overlooking the Coast; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Snapshot Overlooking the Coast; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

Pirates Canopy Specs; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Pirates Canopy Specs; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

  • Submerging 1, 950 ft with Karl Stanley’s Deep Sea Exploration
Portrait of Idabel; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Portrait of Idabel; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

Selfie with Yellow Submarine, Idabel; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Selfie with Yellow Submarine, Idabel; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

Yellow Submarine Prepped with Cow Organs; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Yellow Submarine Prepped with Cow Organs; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

Inside Idabel during First Hour; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Inside Idabel during First Hour; Roatan, Honduras; 2013

 

Utila:
  • Snorkeling the island
Snorkeling the Blue; Utila, Honduras; 2013
Snorkeling the Blue; Utila, Honduras; 2013

 

Hanging Out with a Few Fish; Utila, Hondruas; 2013
Hanging Out with a Few Fish; Utila, Hondruas; 2013

 

 

Honduras Re-cap:

When I initially started my preparations for Central America, I never really set an itinerary. I knew the destinations that I wanted to travel to, but I was uncertain when I would arrive there. I noticed that this is becoming a travel pattern of mine, and although it is very different from my previous set itinerary for South Africa of 2011, this is the perfect change for this world traveler! And I am sure that you will see more of my laid-back personality throughout my documenting.

1) Introduction to the Bay Islands – It was incredible to end my 1st Central America Adventure Tour in the islands. If you recall, I had begun my journey on honeymoon couple island of Caye Caulker, Belize. Like Belize, Honduras was an excellent hub for marine and bird life, as well as defined the true definition of “Adventure” – the water was crystal clear (ideal for diving and snorkeling), majestic winged creatures circled above my head, and there were numerous adrenaline-filled activities on the islands of Utila and Roatan for all ages.

From zip-lining, snorkeling, island off-roading, and trekking to the remote locations of the islands, the Bay Islands sufficed my appetite for adventure. Did I mention that I was in Paradise? 

2) Acquaintance of Copan – Along the way I met a fellow traveler like myself. The 6 foot something resident of the UK young man was on a 10 week venture around Central America. Luckily, I had the chance to meet Robert in El Salvador, which then we had decided to trek around Honduras together for a little while.

The first historical destination was Copan; known for its ruins, underground tombs, plethora of Scarlet Macaws lingering in the trees, and invasive plants and trees that sustain Honduras’s heat waves. Not only was this destination perfect for photography, but our tour guide (like that of Tikal, Guatemala’s) was extremely enthusiastic of the culture that once stood where we were standing at that moment. As we wondered around the site, it was evident that Kings and the upperclass dominated the ruins. Some smaller houses kept 5-6 children in one small room, where the parents had half the size of a master-bedroom found in today’s society.

The most unique experience: Ducking into an underground tomb, where etchings and small rooms still existed. Due to all the artwork in the rooms, I was able to paint a picture how a King once lived. And in that particular moment, I felt the pain and heart-ache of how a beautiful city crumbled to the grounds underneath my feet.

3) Submersion of 1,950 feet or 600 meters in a yellow submarine – I cannot emphasize enough how amazing this experience was. Of course, the video that I had documented, and later posted on Facebook only gave you a fraction of the experience that I had felt (but I tried!)

Descending into a pool of bioluminescence can be best described like a scene out of Star Wars moving through the galaxy of fallen stars, except my scene was created of tiny little green stars. The best part was that this was my first view of bioluminescence from under the ocean’s surface. The ride down was unlike anything I had ever experienced – each 500 feet the temperature dropped, and soon I found myself putting layers of jumpers and trousers over my board-shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops that I had started out in. As we await in darkness for a few hours, the glimpse of hope of witnessing one of the world’s most mysterious creatures lurking in the depths of 1,500 feet, stirred our minds.

Once we plummeted into the depths of darkness, we were able to quickly flick on our submarine light and illuminate the ocean bottom floor.Honestly, for a split second I envisioned that this how landing on the moon would look (maybe one day I will find out!)! Finally, 3 hours later after waiting in total darkness a 13 foot pregnant female approached us, devoured our cow organs roped onto the front of the submarine, and a documentary on the Bluntnose Sixgill sharks were formulated.

I find it difficult to express all of my feelings on how I felt staring only a few feet away from this elusive and solitaire creature. I just know that this is one of my top 5 most adventurous activities in the world, and I would be keen to do it again! 

Thank you Karl Stanley for fulfilling a childhood dream! 

Inside Idabel 1,950 ft Below the Ocean's Surface; Roatan, Honduras; 2013
Inside Idabel 1,950 ft Below the Ocean’s Surface; Roatan, Honduras; 2013