Day 1- wake up in the mornin feeling like p-diddy… wait… wrong life. More like wake up at the earliest possible moment to go to the airport to begin what will most likely be one of my most favorite vacations ever. We are going to Anthony’s Key (AKR) in Roatan, Honduras.
I should begin by saying, my family dives- SCUBA, that is. Both parents are Instructors, dive cons, tech diving, world hopping, have three closets filled with enough gear to outfit the navy seals type divers. I love diving, Sarah loves diving, Lou, who is 10, is getting her open water certification on this trip, Tater is a SCUBA Ranger (9) and Moose is chomping at the bit to strap on a BC and get in the ocean. They are all entranced by ocean life. Example? We took a cruise last year and went snorkeling. I had to (don’t judge…) drag Tater out into the Caribbean kicking and screaming. I told him that I just wanted him to come out with me so I had someone to look at everything with, but it is up to him to put his face in the water. I then put my head in the water and 2 seconds later heard screams of joy shooting through his snorkel because he got to see some parrot fish and squid!
Back on track- Today I discovered why so many cars have DVD players in them now. What else can keep 10 and under kids busy for a 6 hour plane ride? Love it… We fly to Roatan, step out onto the tarmac (another fun thing for the kiddos), get through customs and take the 12 KM ride from Aeropuerto Roatan to AKR. This is seriously one mountainous island. After being served up some rum punch while filling out our paperwork to complete the check in, we headed over to the room. The “room” is actually a really awesome looking little cottage on stilts in the water just off of the key. Hint- Make absolutely sure you get the AC rooms, unless you are used to some serious heat… Not this Colorado boy…
After seeing a ton of fish, a lobster, two sea cucumbers and some blue crabs, we head over to the dining area for dinner. It was amazing! The Red Snapper was fresh, fresh, fresh and the shrimp bisque was incredibly tasty. Our waiter, Sarase, asked me if I want some hot sauce and me being the hot sauce junkie that I am- take him up on his offer. He hands me a bottle of a yellowish looking substance with the label “Sarase’s Special Sauce” I put a little drop on my fish and immediately feel the top 5 layers of my tongue evaporate. Heaven. I proceed to coat my fish and make my nose run with this tasty concoction- go through two cups of water and love every minute of it.
Today is also Moose’s birthday. My little man is really growing up- as a special treat he got two pieces of cake and the entire dining room sang happy birthday to him.
Now it is time to go to sleep- I can’t wait until tomorrow-