Wednesday, July 30, 2008

lil bay beach hamacas

Guests enjoy the new hamacas we've hung in the sea palm grove directly behind Lil Bay Beach. Nicely shaded by the palms, they are a perfect place to relax, enjoy the sea breeze, listen to your favorite tunes on your iPod, and/or read a book.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

wetland birdlife

Spotted this beautiful specimen in the Wetlands Reserve today. Anyone know the species?

photo of the day

View of cliff between the main resort buildings and Lil Bay Beach. Note the Zen Path running along the top

Sunday, July 27, 2008

memories of la ceiba

A local athlete trains by running on the beach in La Ceiba, Honduras. Believe it or not, this is a color photo, not black-and-white.

spiny-tailed iguana

A spiny-tailed iguana (Ctenosaura oedirhina) seen on the Paya Trail. This endangered rock dwelling species finds refuge at Paya Bay. The male pictured measures about 18 inches including its tail. Note the raccoon-like black patch around its eyes.

photo of the day

Buccaneer Landing in the late afternoon

Friday, July 25, 2008

getting our jungle on in la ceiba

This week my friends Michelle and Joyce have been staying with us here at Paya. Michelle and I have been friends for over ten years now and we always have a great time when she comes down from Atlanta for a visit. On Wednesday we did a day trip to La Ceiba, a medium-sized city directly across from Roatan on the Honduras mainland. La Ceiba sits near the Nombre de Dios coastal mountain range and has great jungle hiking, white water rafting, and jungle canopy experiences to offer. I had already done the canopy zip lines in Costa Rica, but I think the experience is way better in La Ceiba. This was Michelle's first time and she enjoyed the heck out of it!

The day trip to La Ceiba is a great option for guests staying at Paya Bay. The ferry ride takes an hour and a half and costs about US$25 each way. We can arrange to have you picked up at the ferry dock by the the folks from the jungle experiences company and you can then either chill at the river in their rustic lodge or do one or more of the fun experiences they offer. You can stay in the city overnight for some nightlife or come back to the island the same day as the ferry departs back to Roatan at 4:30 pm.

Monday, July 21, 2008

beach bar on the way!

Today we got the Lil Bay beach bar project rolling. The first step is to dig down to the bed rock in order to have a solid foundation for the structure. Luckily we didn't have to dig too far before hitting a nice layer of solid rock. Can't wait to get this project finished! It's really going to make Lil Bay Beach a super paradise!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008

the paya trail

This week Don Nesto and Bannis completed the trail head of the Paya Trail near the rooms area. Built with utmost respect for the nature surrounding it, the trail is looking amazing. A leisurely walk on this trail is a wonderful way to 'get your nature on' here at Paya.

photo of the day

Vines we planted are rapidly covering the new trellis on the main deck. This will soon be one of the most beautiful places on the property.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

wisdom from unexpected places

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to meet someone again, for the first time?
So you could undo some bonehead thing you did - or said - that was surely the reason it failed?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like not to be the nervous, stammering self-conscious mess?
What would it be like if someone could know you for who you are, right from the start, and like you for no other reason than that?
What if you looked at someone, and saw everything that they were, everything that they could be, and everything that they will be? What if you knew someone looking at you knew the same thing?
What if there was no risk of rejection, because there was nothing they didn’t already know?
What if everything about a person could be encapsulated into a tiny little box?

Where’s the fun in that!?

- Lightning, Vancouver Canada

see the way to fly

Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly.

Beautiful suggestion, isn't it?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

quotable quote

Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.

- Booker T. Washington