Although we arrived a day late, we finally made it to D&D Brewery, a boutique cerveceria tucked away in the Honduran jungle near Lago Yojoa . We were excited to be catching up with Verity, an old friend from Australia. Sipping boutique ales, surrounded by lush jungle, was a nice change from the blistering heat and lagers of the coast. Mark and I were able to camp in the car park, so we didn’t have to go far after a few beers.
My new favourite hobby is birdwatching. It was beautiful being out on the water in the early morning, listening the birds, as the mist rose up around us. We were all hoping to catch a glimpse of the famous toucan, away from the fruit loops box. If I thought that understanding road directions was hard, its nothing compared to listening to someone try and explain where a bird is in a tree. Our guide taught us to recognize the sound of a toucan, which is exactly like a frog. It’s pretty funny.
Mark and I are heading to Roatan, to spend some more time with Verity on her island paradise home. We had some issues crossing the Honduran border because our vehicle registration only has two months left on it. We’ve had a new one sent to Roatan, so fingers crossed it makes it. En route to Roatan, we decided to take some time off. We are both feeling a bit travel weary. The problems with the van, our travel schedule and our desire to do/see it all, has started to take its toll.
I immediately started feeling better when we took the road from La Ceiba and followed the Rio Cangrejal along the edge of Pico Bonito National Park. Gravel road, jungle, river, birds, friendly people and free camping. It was amazing. We didn’t do much of anything and it was just what we needed. As we sat at the Jungle River Lodge eating lunch, a toucan flew straight past our table. Try having a bad day after that.