So on Saturday, July 30th, 2011, we packed up our belongings, said our goodbyes to Sue and John (Hobbies Hideaway owners) and Kathy and Kenny (the ones who run the cafe/bar outside our door) and began our journey home. Here's our last view of Roatán.
We flew through San Salvador to Guatemala City where we were met at the airport by the owners of Villa Toscana. We stayed there the night before our flight to Roatan 2 weeks ago but this time we had the suite on the top floor, an otherworldly luxury 5 minutes from the Guatemala City airport (for ~$60/night).
Here's our last view of Guatemala,
a glance at the Gulf of Mexico,
and our 1st view of home in nearly 4 weeks - The Dalles, Oregon on the Columbia River (Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier in the back left).
The white buildings in the middle are the packing houses of a big cherry orchard near our little acreage.
Isaac and Carlos met us at the airport (yay!) and after waiting 45 minutes for our 2nd bag (they couldn't get the luggage hatch open?) we were on our way with a delicious stop at McMenamin's in Troutdale for dinner.
It is with ocean deep gratitude I complete another inspiring, memorable visit to Central America and with even deeper gratitude that I return to my favorite place on earth (view of the Columbia and Mt. Adams from the front windows, below). HOME SWEET HOME
We headed first to the highlands of Guatemala where we spent a few nights in Antigua before moving on to Lake Atitlán to enjoy the scenery, renew friendships at the Cooperativa Spanish School, and celebrate with our Beca Project students and their families. Then we flew to the island of Roatán, Honduras for beaches, snorkeling, diving, and flyfishing. HAPPY TRAILS!