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Roatan, Honduras V

I hope all of you are doing well. I’m sorry it’s taking so long for me to get these done, but I’ll get them all posted here soon!

Continuing from where I left off:

Monday we went to Gumbalimba Park. We had a blast there!

The first thing we did was the majority of us went zip-lining. That was SO much fun! I thought I was going to be terrified because it was so high up there but once I got up there and saw how beautiful it was up there, I wasn’t scared anymore. I loved it!

This was just telling us some of the major rules for zip-lining and the guy is showing how you’re supposed to sit.

This guy, when we asked him if he’d ever zip-lined before, he said, “Oh no. This is my first day on the job. I’ve never even hooked anyone up before.” We nervously laughed but later we found out that all the guides were saying that. That made us feel better…a little.

Go Hope Corps!

Reba and I.

Me, Reba, and Brittney.

Even little Chloe wanted to zip-line. She zipped with a guide and enjoyed every minute of it.

Group picture!!

I didn’t get any pictures during the ride (it would actually be rides since there were 12 stops), because I was afraid that I would drop the camera. I really wanted to video several of the rides but thought it would be best to not do that. But anyway, when we landed, we weren’t very far from the ocean. Can you say GORGEOUS!!

There is a little insectarium there. We saw some HUGE creatures in there. Some of them aren’t the prettiest of things but it’s still interesting.

Wow!! That is crazy!

See what I mean by huge? So I know that my hands aren’t THAT big, but still, when an insect is that size, it’s still pretty disturbing. I’m not scared of bugs but that doesn’t mean that I’m a snuggle bunny with them either. :)

I’d hate to wake up to one of these looking me in the face.

These little fellows are butterflies that glow…or reflect…or something like that. Aren’t they pretty?

This is pretty interesting, too. “All the 26 letters on the English alphabet and the numbers 0 to 9 are found in the wings of the butterflies. It took Kjell Sandved 24 years to take pictures of the letters and numbers on live butterflies. He visited over 30 countries.”

Isn’t that pretty? I liked it a lot.

Then we went into Coxen’s Cave. From what we were told, Roatan used to be the place where pirates would stop and hide their treasures or something like that. It was pretty interesting information.

Here is a replica of Roatan.

And here is Coxen Hole.

Right outside of the Cave, there was a bridge that you could cross. It said “Max Capacity 5 People”. The guide said, “Well, it says 5 people but that’s just on the cautious side. 8 people is the maximum capacity.”

“And if you’re too scared to take the pirate bridge, you can take the chicken walk”. Yeah, we all had a good laugh about that one.

I think all of us were brave and took the Pirate’s Bridge.

As we got out of that section of the park, we headed to the Bird Zone. This dude wasn’t too happy with me.

We all were able to have a parakeet (or whatever type of bird this is) sit on our shoulder. A couple of us got pooped on, a couple people got some buttons taken, but for the most part, everyone walked away clean and with all of their belongings.

I was scared I was going to get pooped on. Thankfully, I walked away clean!

Carlee, Ellie, and Chloe.

Here is our guide.

Yay!!! Monkey Town!

This little stinker took someones Gatorade bottle and took up in the tree and drank it. Then it squirted some onto someone’s head before finishing the Gatorade. Then the little fellow dropped the bottle back down for us to pick up. We (all of Hope Corps) and the guides were all laughing.

This monkey was trying to get into Max’s backpack. We were able to finally deter him (the monkey) and got him focused on something else.

For some reason, this monkey was quite┬áintrigued by Richie’s hair.

Richie was saying, “Hey! Leave my hair alone! Do you know how long it took me to do this??”

I was covering up my glasses with my arms and whistling hoping to get the monkey’s attention.

Don’t they look like little old men? Especially this one:

The way this one turned out, it looks as if the monkey has a bun on top of it’s head. I promise, it’s a person’s hair! :D

Awww! How cute, Josiah!

Just some interesting information:

This was my supper that night. Yes, it was very good. I think the smoothie was a papaya and banana smoothie.

What I’m going to tell you next is even more amazing that the scenery and everything else that we saw that day. So that morning, on the way to Gumbalimba park, we stopped at a little coffee shop. While we were there, this guy came up to us wondering why we were all dressed similar. His name is Tony. He came with us that day as Shane was giving him a Bible Study. He came to Gumbalimba park with us and everything. That night, as we stopped by the coffee shop again to eat, he wanted us to pray for him. He was SO close to getting the Holy Ghost that night. But the amazing thing: he was telling me and a couple other people that he is 26 years old and that he used to be an alcoholic. His mom has been praying for years that his life would be turned around. Look where we were praying for him….just read the sign in the back:

“Pirate’s Grog: Roatan’s #1 Rum” My response: “Guess what, Satan? We had a prayer meeting RIGHT OUTSIDE your snare! What do you think about that”? When I first saw that, the only thing I could think was, “Take that, Satan!”

Tony went on to say later that he wanted to help us Tuesday and Wednesday on our work days (more on those following this entry). Pastor Jones told him, “We’ll be here at such-and-such place tomorrow morning at 7:30 to pick you up.” Tony responded with, “Okay, I’ll be waiting by 7″. He helped us both days and was there before any of the Hope Corps students were and stayed until after we left.

God is doing wonderful things in Roatan! Please keep that island in your prayers.

God bless!

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