Howtogogreen’s Weblog

The Sun and the Calm Return!

The past few weeks have been very hard on Roatan’s tourist industry. With the “riots” and roadblocks news reaching us in the north, things seem much worse than they were before, but in fact the situation is better. The power is on, but patchy in some areas, and the roads are clear. A friend told me that while in a cab to French harbor they had no trouble getting through a roadblock in front of the RECO plant.

The bad weather that had covered the area lifted this week and once again the island is a glistening gem. The good weather I hope will stay with us for a good while, five weeks of solid rain AND the whole RECO business is enough to drive someone mad!

Hurricane Palomar

Yesterday night looking at the weather radar on my computer, Palomar looked like it was going to swallow up the Bay Islands. But this morning the aspiring hurricane took a right and headed up towards Cuba and the gulf stream. At the worst of it, palomar was licking at the islands but never got close. Hurricanes are a big problem in Central America, Mitch was the most recent one that brought a great deal of devastation.

This season there seems to be a big storm behind every palm tree! Just look at the price of gas! We sell a  line of secure fasteners that can help you prevent your new panels from flying off your roof, either by hurricane or by busy little hands in the night, this is a perfect storm you do want to miss!

Hitting The Gringo Trail

My Gal and I are getting ready for our fall migration, in search of the foods of the Gringo Trail. The Gringo Trail is a loosely defined path that leads through central america. The most defined part of the trail leads down from CanCun Mexico through Belize to Tikal Guatemala, then following the coast to the Bay Islands of Honduras. A spur line of the trail goes to Antigua and lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Some would also argue that the trail originated with the famous green turtle bus that plied the pacific coast from San Fran to Puerto Escondido.

We will be driving a Cadillac to Fort Lauderdale where we will hang out with a diver friend of ours, then fly with Spirit Airways to San Pedro Sula. We will then hop a bus bound for Trujillo where columbus first set foot in America. It’s also where the American filibusterer William Walker landed, (and was executed). It is also a great jumping off point for a visit to Guanaja, the third of the Bay Islands.

Guanaja was almost leveled by Hurricane Mitch, but is now slowly getting back to normal. We have quoted a solar installation there at a safari camp. Then we will either hop a fishing boat to Roatan or back track to La Ceiba and take the yacht to Utila. We have a salesman on Utila, Andy Phillips is a very well respected member of the dive community, and we’ll spend a little time there before heading to Roatan with Vern on his sailboat! then we will idel ourselves for our true tropical vacation! All the while keeping an eye peeled for a new retail space! Of course the Gringo trail extends itself right around the world!