Sunday, July 27, 2014

Roatan Vacation: Day Two Dolphin Encounter

Day two in Roatan.  I woke up bright and early and couldn't wait to get down to the pool.  I mean wouldn't you want to be here?  

I snuck down before anyone else was really stirring and sat on a lounge chair and read my book.  It was sooooo nice.  I love to read, but seldom carve out the time for it.  I hate that and I think vacation reminded me to make time for it.

I loved the view from the pool.  It had the infinity effect (Infinity Bay remember?).

For whatever reason, the kids just weren't into the beach scene.  I'm not really sure why because look at those waters.

Bianca and I visited the beach for a second and I had my camera.  Some guy asked if we wanted a picture.  I said, "No thanks" and Bianca said, "yes."  You see she wasn't in a bikini.  I look at this pic and.... well I decided to post it because this is a 40 year old woman who has three kids.  I don't have the best body, but it's a strong, healthy body and that's all I can really ask for.

Like I said, the kids weren't into swimming in the ocean, but they loved the pool.  Every minute we weren't involved in an activity they were IN the pool.  Some days that meant over 5 plus hours of constant swimming.  All of them (Isabel included).  It amazed me.  

And just because you can't get enough BFF pics we went to the beach for a few "twins" shots.

I love the colors of the beach.  I mean it looks like a color palette at a paint store.  Which shade of blue do you prefer?

Soon, however, we left the pool and headed to Anthony's Key Resort to our Dolphin encounter.  The scenes there were just as breathtaking.

We were all so excited to have our experience with the dolphins.  No one was scared on this adventure.

I can't help but share all of the "views" I took.  I mean, can you believe how beautiful the island of Roatan is?  It's not a crowded place either.  As you can see from most of my pictures, the place is very serene.

The kids weren't here to look at the views, they were here to see the dolphins!

We signed up for the dolphin encounter and not the swim.  We were invited into the area and got to see our dolphin, Polli, do her tricks.

 Polli put on quite a show for us.   She flipped in the air and it was cool-- to say the least.

She also walked for us.

I'll be honest, I felt uneasy there the whole time.  I couldn't help but feel sorry for these animals.  I mean they are caged in a small area.  If you look at the picture below you can see the cage below the dock.  

I found out, much to my pleasure, that the dolphins are actually free to leave the area.  They can leave any time they want, but the CHOOSE to come back.  Ok I get it, they come back because they are fed there-- it's a 5 star resort.  Wouldn't you want to live there?  It did make me feel better to know they could leave if they wanted to.  Somehow things seemed alright then.

After Polli did her tricks, she posed for some pictures with us.  I just couldn't believe I was holding a dolphin.  That's something I never thought I would do.

 Then she got to give everyone kisses.  Smooch!

The experience with the dolphins was one I won't soon forget.  Polli was perfect in every way.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Roatan Vacation: Day One

Oh my goodness you guys.  I hope you forgive me for being absent while my family and I vacationed in the beautiful Roatan, Honduras.  It was an amazing, relaxing vacation and I want to document each day for you.  

We arrived in Roatan on Saturday about midday.  It was so awesome to see Ella reunited with her BFF and, of course, I was so happy to see Bianca and crew.  

We headed right over to our resort (Infinity Bay) and hoped for an early check in.  No dice.  

We had about an hour or two until our room would be ready so we headed out to "la palapa" (the hut) for lunch.  

I was immediately taken with how beautiful everything was.  You always wonder when you book a vacation such as this if the resort will live up to the website or brochure.  I just hoped it was as nice as it looked, and it was!  We had awesome views and were literally just steps from the beach.  The water was the color of a Tiffany box (my favorite) and it was beautiful to look at.

As soon as we got into our room, we changed our clothes and got right in the pool.  The pool was gorgeous.  It was HUGE.  There were two sections, the first you can see in the picture below and then another section almost as large beyond the bridge in the background.

There was also a swim up bar that was awfully convenient for scoring our first adult beverage.  I had to persuade the kids to go to the ocean, they were so excited about the pool.

We played around for a couple of hours, before it was time to head out for dinner.   The girls (of course) had to be in their matching outfits.  (A theme you'll recognize as I blog about the week's events).

As we were walking to dinner, the sun was setting beautifully.  It would be the first of MANY beautiful sunsets we saw each evening.  I couldn't get enough of watching this scene.  That's not something you take the time to do in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  I'm so glad we took the time on vacation.  

Tracy (Bianca's daughter) was so happy about it, she wanted to put it in her hand and take it home.

I couldn't get enough pictures... a theme that will be recurring all week.  I think everyone was sick of me by day 2.

Except Ella, she's always happy to pose for me.

We finished out walk and made it to the restaurant just as the sun went behind the horizon.  I think I captured the moment perfectly.  I mean seriously, doesn't this look like a postcard?

And just like that, day 1 of our vacation came to an end, but don't worry.... MANY more adventures await.