Saturday, January 21, 2012

Visitors From The Past

 We were thrilled to have Lana and Drew come to the island yesterday aboard a Carnival ship. Although we have been friends for many years, we had not seen them in 10 or 11 years. We obviously had a lot of catching up to do!

When they first saw us, they both said "we could have picked you out anywhere! You both have not changed a bit!" That is exactly what we thought about them, too.

We asked what sights they wanted to see and they both said "your house!" So we brought them here and sat out on the deck visiting and catching up. They loved our view and house and probably would have been content to sit all day, but we did want them to see a bit of the island before their ship left.

We drove them down to West End which is just a huge mess with all the construction going on. We had to park outside the entrance to the End and gingerly pick our way through the mud, potholes filled with water from yesterday's rain and from the massive trenches dug all along the road. We got as far as the Cannibal Cafe where we were considering eating lunch before deciding to give up. We could go no farther and couldn't even get into the Cannibal without jumping a trench. I don't know how the businesses are surviving.
 We drove on to West Bay, walked on the beach at high noon. They both said they think Roatan is the prettiest island they have visited in their two back-to-back cruises of the Caribbean! We agree.
West Bay is always crowded with people from the cruise ships, so we left there and took them out by the lighthouse to Smugglers. No crowds there! I don't think the cruise ships have discovered them yet and personally, I hope they don't. It's a beautiful spot to relax, have lunch and visit.

All too soon, it was time to return them to their ship. They had an early departure time so their ship could make it back to Florida by Sunday morning. I think we convinced them to come back and spend more time here. Hope so.

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