Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Very shortly, Dad will be launching the new 45-foot pleasure boat. The boat will allow Paya Bay to offer day trips to nearby islands and cays, whale shark watching and interaction expeditions, scuba and/or snorkeling trips to remote reefs, and sunset cruises. What a great new toy to enhance the vacation experience of our guests!
Two powerful Volvo engines.
At 9 feet wide, the deck is ample, comfortable, and versatile.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
An adult spiny-tailed iguana (Ctenosaura oedirhina) crouches on a branch in the Tropical Garden Reserve trying to be as inconspicuous as possible. I've noticed dozens of baby and juvenile spiny-tails the last few weeks. I'm guessing the eggs laid earlier in the summer hatched recently. See the Wikipedia page on this threatened species. At Paya Bay you'll see no cages with animals or birds that were brought in from elsewhere. If you practice awareness, however, you'll notice that the property is teeming with wildlife. Its own unique, interesting wildlife.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Bannis takes a moment to contemplate a section of the Paya Trail he's been working very hard on. This section above Buccaneer Landing is being built through mostly solid rock. He designs the retaining wall as he goes along, placing the chunks of rock in a pattern that makes them stable without using cement.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The floor of the saltwater plunge pool has been thrown. Now the guys are building the box that will contain and form the concrete front wall. Note the nice curve that will be in the wall. A submerged bench will run along the back of the pool following the curve of the cliff. This is going to be SO cool!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Family friends Jeannie and Ben come to Paya often for overnight visits. They moved to Roatan several years ago from the U.S. They are two of the coolest, most open-minded, most genuine, and down-to-earth people I know.
Monday, August 18, 2008
It seems that Gio, the wild white-crowned pigeon (Patagioenas leucocephala) that hangs out in the early mornings in the sea grape tree near my apartment, has convinced one of his buddies that it's okay to be near humans. While vigilant, they seem a lot less anxious, and even feel safe enough to preen themselves. It used to be that they would fly off as soon as I opened the door. Seeing them in the mornings gives a boost of good energy.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Ecstatic Lucky absolutely loving a belly rub from Joyce. Joyce, who adores animals, recently visited Paya from Atlanta. She will be happy to know that we're currently considering a 'vacation with your best friend' program which will allow pet owners to bring their small dogs with them on their vacation.
Last night Lucy and I attended a dinner party at our friends Susan and Henrick's place. It was a lovely evening of good friends, good conversation, and good energy. The picture above was taken on the main deck of their home. Note how the infinity edge pool overlooks a lush tropical valley (and, not visible above, the sea). Pictured above are Susan, Wayne (visiting from South Africa), and Lucy. It's wonderful to discover there are so many people living The Secret. Wow.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Tomorrow, Miguel will be 'fundiendo' (throwing concrete) on what will become the floor of the plunge pool at the -- yet to be named -- beach bar on Lil Bay Beach. As you can see in the photo above, the saltwater pool will be approximately twelve feet away from the actual ocean. We're building on a solid rock foundation (thanks to the adjacent cliff) so it should be quite strong. The saltwater will be pumped directly from the sea, filtered, heated slightly using a solar heater, and then allowed to cascade down the cliff side into the pool creating a stunning tropical effect.
Miguel and Francisco putting in a drainage pipe.
This is the goal we're working towards.