A few years ago I resolved to travel more. I didn’t make a strict schedule, however by the end of that year, I’d traveled quite some distance every month. During 2016 travel to the usual car shows and spur of the moment cruise travel occurred. I’m ready to again focus on travel. For 2017, I resolve to travel. I have a loose outline for several months. Some travel will center on attending car shows and swap meets for my husband, while other trips will be destinations without purpose other than relaxing and enjoyment.
More specifics to follow: retirement, method of travel, locations…
Another excursion on our cruise was in Belize. I was told that Belize was beautiful so I was excited to see for myself. We spent half a day on the Belize River. It was indeed beautiful. We saw: bats hovering near the river’s edge, Howler monkeys sleeping in flowering trees, an alligator in the water, a Jabari stork and huge iguanas resting in the flowering tree branches.
Our tour guides genuinely shared their knowledge of Honduras. The trees with orange flowers were called Flamboyant tree. I think it is their national tree.
They eat armadillo, green iguanas, and lots of fresh fruit. Our lunch at the planned stop alongside the river was delicious BBQ chicken, rice and something similar to a sweet potato, washed down with a Belikin beer.
Their language is a mixture of English creole. The guide suggested to us, “take off the ‘er’ and add ‘a’ to our words. For example, sister becomes Sista, driver becomes Driva. The ‘th’ sound becomes ‘d’ , for example this becomes dis.
Their culture culture mixes African and Mestizo cultures. Approximately 11% of their population is of Mayan descent.
In the afternoon we toured ruins of Altun Ha. The site was used for Mayan ceremonies and was one of the richest sites. A large emerald head was uncovered there. You can read more about that here: http://altunha.com
At the top of the pyramid blood letting ceremonies were held. The steep steps were made of limestone mixed with shells.
In the hot, humid afternoon, after a break to pour my water over me so I would not pass out, I climbed to the top of Altun Ha! The tour guide kindly stayed with me until I had enough steady strength to climb down. When I made it down I bought a freshly cut coconut, the lady deftly used a machete to whack it open. I could feel my electrolytes stabilizing as I sipped.
In late April I took a Carribean cruise with some family members. It was my first ocean cruise. We stopped at three ports, the first was Roatan, Honduras.
The island is beautiful. Small communities are scattered along the coast line. Individual, colorful homes built around the curvy, hilly roads.
The food was delicious but I didn’t eat their delicacy, green iguana. While riding a tour bus along the winding roads I spotted a green iguana. The tour guide got excited when I told her I saw one, she loves to eat the green ones.
My family owns a hardware and lumber business so when I spotted a Sherwin Williams paint store along the highway I quickly snapped a picture. While driving through the countryside, I noticed the use of tin for most house roofs.
I saw industrious people working to make a life. Some raised livestock or sold crafts.
We were directed in traffic by a beautiful policewoman.
We toured a training school that taught how to carve cameos from shells. The cameos were unique. I was too indecisive, ran out of time and didn’t purchase one.
The city was clean and surrounded by lush green plants. Back on the ship our evening meal paid homage to Honduran food.
This set up reminded me of the movie made during the I Love Lucy television show. In the 1954 movie Lucy and Desi attempt to travel to the Sierra Nevada mountains in a 32 foot long trailer. I’ve included a link below to a clip from the movie. It is a great one to watch on a bad weather day.
This car is a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door wagon. I snapped the picture during the Tri-5 Chevy Car Show in Bowling Green KY. The car show displays classic cars made during a range of three years, 1955, 1856, & 1957. The popularity of the low priced Bel Air helped Chevrolet surpass Ford in unit sales in their first year of production.
Increasing popularity of the Tri-5’s today can be seen at this 2 day car show. It will be the second weekend of August at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green KY. While there you can visit the Corvette Museum and tour the Corvette Assembly Plant. I visited both sites in April. Touring the factory reminded me of my 5 years working in a factory, good memories mixed with an occasional feeling of drudgery. This factory uses robots to transport boxes of parts around the factory floor. We had a conveyor belt. Anyway today’s children need to have a glimpse of what factory work is like. And you can see the latest Chevrolet Corvette as it rolls off the line.
What a quaint town in Ohio! Lots of little shops sit along both sides of US 68, attracting young urban professionals. Even the trash cans are pleasantly decorated.
We went there for an estate sale. This kind of estate sale was a new experience for me. The agent listed the items online then had an open house today. Items were priced and on display in their natural surroundings so interested patrons could make purchases. But tomorrow the items that didn’t sell will be discounted 30%. Then on Sunday and remaining items will be discounted further to 50% off. It becomes a game to find how much you are willing to pay to get the item.
We didn’t stay too long because we didn’t fall in love with prices on the beautiful oriental pieces. We headed to the downtown area. There I found a great cup of coffee and a Tiffany style desk lamp decorated with dragonflies. It reminded me of our recent paintings that you can view in the picture from my last post. I haven’t bought the lamp, but the weekend isn’t over.
For weeks now, 3 or 4 ladies gather for an afternoon of acrylic painting. We focus on completing one painting each time by watching a you tube video from The Art Sherpa. We get so engrossed in our painting the times flies. I feel that painting with acrylics is relaxing, not too much stress. If you don’t like it, you can paint over it when the painting dries. At first I usually think I’ll paint over my painting. Then I start to like part of the painting, maybe the colors or the shading. I hang it for a while and it seems ok. I’ve even given away a couple of my paintings. Each time we’re done, I’m already thinking about what we will paint next week. Here is a couple of our attempts:
It just isn’t a visit to New Orleans without Beignets and Cafe Au Lait at Cafe du Monde. It’s a tradition I’ve kept going for more than 40 years.
Walk around Jackson Square. Watch the people and view the art work. Not much changes, the beauty of the city surrounds me.
There wasn’t time for a carriage ride for me on this trip. But I was soaking up the ambiance. I felt ecstatic to be visiting again. It never gets old. And I never get too much of NOLA.
NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 11: write a poem in which you closely describe an object or place, and then end with a much more abstract line that doesn’t seemingly have anything to do with that object
Flooding covers the highway
Forcing a new route
The sun’s reflection blinds me
A rose bush from abandon neighbor’s yard
A blush thing of beauty
Transplanted into my yard now blooming pinkish
Pho8 in Cape Girardeau
Quite a departure from fries