Hiking in Honduras

Last week, I went on a seven day cruise.  Our first stop was in Honduras where I spent the day hiking through Eco Park.

The park is full of monkeys, birds, and other fun animals.  There is one monkey that the guides named Billy and he is rather feisty.  Billy will jump on people, open their backpacks, and then steal their stuff.  While we were there, Billy managed to grab someone’s water bottle.  He then climbed into the trees, opened the bottle, and began to drink the water.  I couldn’t help but laugh at his ingenuity.

During the hike we had to cross a suspension bridge.  I’ve seen bridges like this in movies, but never had the opportunity to cross one myself.  The bridge rocked back and forth as I walked across it, but I found the experience rather exhilarating.

I was also able to see Mayan ruins during the hike.  The guide did a wonderful job explaining the statues and their meaning.

I learned about the importance of hand placement in the Mayan culture.  For example, holding one hand up with the palm out and the other hand down with the palm up, is the symbol for peace and love.

After our hike, we headed downtown to visit the local shops and do a little more exploring.

Treating Poison Ivy

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I was walking through thick brush and not paying attention to the foliage around me, until my legs became insnared by a thorn bush.  I looked down and noticed I was surrounded by poison ivy.

My legs had multiple welts and were extremely itchy.  A friend recommended washing my legs in rubbing alcohol, because it will dry up the welts and remove all the poison from my skin.

I was skeptical, but willing to give it a try.  To my amazement the rubbing alcohol did a fantastic job.  I can still see a few spots on my legs, but they do not itch at all.

If you ever end up with poison ivy, try rubbing alcohol.  It works wonders.

Dauphin Island, Alabama

Gwen and I went to Dauphin Island, which is located in Mobile County, Alabama.  It’s connected to the mainland by the Gordon Persons Bridge.

Dauphin Island was named after Louis XIV’s great-grandson.  He was the heir (the dauphin) and future Louis XV of France.

This is a beautiful place to visit, with white sandy beaches, Sea Lab – Estuarium, a military fort dating back to the 1800’s, Audubon Bird Sanctuary, walking trails, restaurants and places to shop.

Why I go Into the Woods

I go into the woods alone, to sit in silence and listen.  I hear birds singing, bugs chirping, and the wind rustling through the leaves.  I can smell the freshness in the air.  The longer I sit the more at peace I feel.  I am becoming one with the nature around me.  I feel a longing to connect with the animals that hide or scurry about.  I close my eyes, and let all the stress leave my body.  In that moment, all feels right with the world.  That’s why I go into the woods.

Advanced Wilderness Navigation by Jack Perry

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Amazon has Advanced Wilderness Navigation by Jack Perry available as an ebook for free.  Before reading this book, you will need know how to use a compass and read a topographical map.

The book is short and to the point.  However, it is full of useful information.  It is easy to read and easy to understand.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hiking, camping, or other wilderness activities.

Osceola National Forrest

Malia and I were heading home from our vacation and decided we had time for one last adventure, so we explored the Osceola National Forrest in Florida.

The forrest was amazingly beautiful.  It was full of swamps and foliage.  I was hoping to see an alligator, but the weather was to cold.  However, I did find a banana spider and had my picture taken while standing beside it.  The spider blended into the background, so it’s hard to see it in the picture.

As I walked along the trail, I listened closely to the sounds of the birds and any other animals that might be in the area.  I felt a closeness to nature, a feeling of being one with my surroundings.

I was intruder in another world and hoped to see that world play out in front of me.  I also wanted to tread softly, to prevent creating a disturbance in that world.

Walking through Osceola National Forrest was a fitting adventure to end our vacation.