Looking for Bears

Last week I went to visit Aunt Kathy in Mobile, Alabama.  She has about 40 acres of land located on a dirt road. 

To get to her house, I had to drive through a big mud puddle.  I actually went through the puddle four times.  Mom was not happy, but I thought it was a ton of fun. 

The water splashed onto the engine of my Jeep and it started to steam.  Mom was freaking out and thought the engine was smoking.  I tried to calm her down and explain the temperature gauge was in the normal range and it was just steam.  She didn’t believe me and was reluctant to stay in the vehicle.  

Eventually, we made it to Kathy’s house.  There are bears living on her property, so I went exploring the woods hoping to get a picture of one of the bears. 

Unfortunately, the only animal I found was a turtle.  I ended up getting covered in mud when I took its picture.  When I made it back to the house I was covered in dirt, mud, and sweat.  I smelled horrible, but I had planned for this and had an extra set of clothes that I could put on after taking a shower.

I really enjoy exploring Kathy’s property and maybe one day I will find those bears.

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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.