Mustang Debbie

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04/03/2016 I had company the past week and before that I was getting ready for my company to come, so I’ve been MIA.

OK, so, life on the rock. Robby and Julie are the couple I met online, spent the day with them and their girls when they came on a cruise in December and spent a week with them when they recently came to visit. I had a blast showing them my Roatan.

I was able to greet them at the immigration door, however I failed to utter the magical words, Welcome to Roatan when they entered the building. DAMN. Once they got through immigration I left my “job” and took them to the grocery store and then brought them back to the house.

They chilled for a while and got their stuff put away and then came upstairs for some roof time and then dinner.

We made plans to go to the beach on Sunday, Semana Santa or not. We got there early and set off to do some snorkeling. It was a sunny gorgeous day and there were hardly any people in the water. All the better for us. We snorkeled out through the channel in front of Infinity Bay and then swam west towards black rock.

This was one of the first things I saw when I stuck my head in the water. It was on Julie’s bucket list.
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Intermediate blue tangs
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Stoplight Parrot fish
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Damsel fish, yes, they are neon blue..
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A pair of 4 eyed Butterfly fish
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school of Blue Tang
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My first ever Hog fish. The water was not super clear, lots of stuff, looked like fish poop, in it. In fact, we saw the big blue Parrot fish poop.
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Trumpet fish
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Scrawled file fish
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This is a huge blue parrot fish. I saw him poop.
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Another Parrot fish
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cool channel
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such a gorgeous fish
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Needle fish
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West Bay Beach, my favorite spot, Bananarama
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More crowded than I am used to
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knees over the sea
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Check out the front of the paddle board, there is a dog on it..He cruised for a while.
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They liked my raft
These teen boys were having a great time on the floating dock. Looks like they were trying to sink it.

We spent the majority of the day at the beach, sitting at my spot, Bananarama. After that we made the hour drive home and crashed for the night.

Monday morning we went to Mudhole Rd, picked up Nidia and drove to Corozal to finish the swing set repair and re-repaired the seesaw that we had temporarily fixed a few weeks ago.

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Loving the swings that Linda and Brittany Edwards brought down with them for this particular school.
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This little boy was there the first day we went and fixed 2 swings. That was the day I passed out some cars from John and Lizeth Fowler. They very nicely donated their sons old Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars to the kids on Roatan. We’ve made a lot of boys happy with these cars.
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I also took a soccer ball donated by Trish and Dave Symons. They brought suitcases of soccer uniforms and a lot of balls. These boys were thrilled to have a soccer ball.
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Julie helping the little girls on the seesaw.
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I was freaking out because they were going so high!
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Cutie
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Robby and Bill hanging the last 2 swings.
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Pastor Ronny Russell from Live Again Ministries has been down here with his group many times. Recently they started doing water purification systems on the island. Since the Corozal area is small they donated this water filtration system so they can get clean drinking water for the 35 families living there.
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Another thing we are trying to do is get the glass repaired at the school. This window is right above a row of desks.
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I caught her with a mouthful
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Robby and Bill fixed the seesaw, it’s nice and sturdy now.
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It’s just amazing what a difference four swings can make in a playground. These kids were on them non-stop the whole time we were there.

We came home from there, ate and went to Parrot Tree pool for the afternoon. There were a few people there but not many.

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320′ long pool
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The man-made lagoon
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Me and my shadow

The next day my company made plans to dive with Subway, right down the road from us. I dropped them off and came home and immediately got a call to come get them, the dive boat was full. They did have reservations, it was an error that could have been avoided. I ran and got them and came home and started making calls. Finally got them set up to dive with Reef House, which my friend Davey owns. We had time to kill so we drove through Punta Gorda and then over to Oak Ridge Key before we went to BJ’s.

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Punta Gorda
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The lone Mangrove
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I love this house on Oak Ridge Key, water behind it and the sea in front.
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The new extended deck at BJ’s
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Roadside animals
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The Radical Catamaran returning from a day on the water
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Reef House’s dive boat that Robby and Julie were on.

Davey picked them up at BJ’s and once they got there they decided to do 2 dives and were really happy they did. The second spot was fabulous, they had a great dive and saw lots of stuff on Julie’s bucket list. I was there waiting for them at 5. We came home and we all got ready to go to Cal’s for dinner. There were a lot of people from the hood there that night. We had a good meal and all came home and crashed.

The next morning we were meeting Carmen and Brett at BJ’s for a day of food, drinks, fun in the sun, snorkeling, stubbing toes, floating, mangroves and Hole in the Wall. Carmen and Brett live on the point on Calabash Bight Key. It’s a fabulous spot right on the water with their own private beach and a yoga deck at the water’s edge. What more can you ask for?

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Once again, the Radical Catamaran
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Julie being a trooper despite her totally damaged stubbed toe
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Even Bill went along and got in the water..
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Bill and Carmen chatting, see the ladder? That goes to her yoga deck..
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View from their yard
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Carmen and Brett’s home
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T-shirt ceiling, Hole in the Wall
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Roatan’s motto, A Sunny Place for Shady People
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What a view. Drew Bledsoe was here last week with his family.
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A part of Roatan history
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Martina taking a pic of us
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Carmen and Robby
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Julie
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Bill and Brett
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Carmen had the camera
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Just do it
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They dropped us back at Oak Ridge after a perfectly splendid day.

On Thursday Robby and Julie dove again, this time with Subway. They did 2 dives out on the north shore and were pretty pleased with them. I think it was an early night for everyone.

Friday we were going east, way east, to Camp Bay and La Sirena. There were a few people on the beach at our Mondays Don’t suck spot and there was still a lot of trash left over from the Semana Santa festivities. I was surprised to see my friend Kathy there with her son and friends.

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Looking at Alligator Nose makes me miss Roger and Jeanie
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I love this beach
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Robby and Julie

We left there and drove to La Sirena where we had a leisurely lunch and rum punches. Man, those things pack a punch.

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The dangerous rum punches
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Love La Sirena

We left La Sirena with one destination in mind, BJ’s. Robby and Julie had been there twice this week but not for a Friday fun day with the EXPAT group. I haven’t been there for awhile and I missed the place. All of my friends were there (well, almost all of them, I don’t want the Duchess chewing my ass out for saying that). I’ll blame it on the rum at La Sirena because the three sips of wine in a champagne flute @ BJ’s did nothing for/to me. I was wound up and couldn’t stop dancing. Or planking.

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Marilyn and I did a good bye plank with Carmen
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Then more crazies joined in.
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Marilyn going home

I had so much fun at BJ’s, at least I think I did. I have come to the realization that when they change the words to the song and put your name in it, maybe you’ve been dancing too much. Mustang Sally was changed to Mustang Debbie, Ride Debbie ride. It’s OK, I was amongst friends..

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We stopped at Chuck and Nancy’s on the way home so Robby and Julie could see their home. It was a pretty night.

They packed that evening and I passed out, I was exhausted from dancing and planking and, I had to work at the airport the next day.

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I got Robby and Julie there in plenty of time to beat the crowds and said good bye to them in immigration. I was sad to see them go, we enjoyed their company. Next year when they return they are going to spend more time upstairs and not worry about invading our privacy, right guys??? Don’t hate me because I have on a classy orange airport vest…

All in all we had a good week, I hope they enjoyed seeing my version of Roatan compared to the touristy one that so many only see. I wish they had been here for some of the shoe delivery because they would have enjoyed that. Maybe next year we’ll start sooner and they can take part in the hot, tiring sweatiness of it all..

 

By Ledfutt

Living on an island was a life long dream of mine. In 2012 I moved to Roatan and lived there for 4 months, went back to the US, packed up our belongings and sold our house. In Oct of 2013 we moved there permanently. Our house was completed in July of 2014 and we moved in. After 6+ years, I was ready to go back to the US. I made the move in Dec of 2019 and my husband came a year later. Here we are in Arizona, waiting for our island house to sell so we can sell this place and move on. I guess I'm more like a traveling mermaid.

5 comments

  1. I was looking at the picture of Carmen and Brett’s idyllic home, and wondered how a rise in sea level will affect Roatan? Has there been any talk?

    1. Not to my knowledge. Every now and then, usually during a full moon and after hard heavy rains the level rises and their front yard is wet but it soon drains.

  2. I’m glad you were able to capture and highlight our week for us in both words and pictures. Folks ask what we did and I draw a blank at times when trying to recount our days and get them twisted up and out of order.

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