Deo and Auri came back down to spend Christmas in Roatan, and were here for 2 months, along with Deo's girlfriend. We decided we'd plan another camping trip to Guanaja. One of Deo's friend's had a boat that he could take us on if we covered the fuel costs, and the boys brought other friend along, as they said that they would be clearing the land.
I told them that I'd be getting groceries, but everyone should bring along some food. And bug spray, lots of bug spray!
I had done some shopping to make camping a bit less rough. Camp chairs, a camp table, a camping cot, a battery bank with portable panels. A better cooler (and Deo had also brought down a good cooler). It all went in the boat. Jose had asked for a wheelbarrow, so that went in the boat too. And the dog also went in the boat- when we headed out, we were fully loaded!
When we arrived, we got things unloaded and set up the tents. Again, the bugs were out in full force. I thought we had prepared with bug spray, but even with it on, it didn't seem to slow them down at all. The camping cot made life just slightly more pleasant, but I was determined that the next time we went, I'd have a little shack with a mattress to sleep on and screens on the window.
I'm Mel. Together with my 2 sons, Deo and Auri, we form the DAM team (Deo, Auri, Mel). I'm Canadian, my boys are half Canadian, half Honduran, and have grown up on the island of Roatan. We have a hostel in Roatan called Roatan Backpackers' Hostel, which I started when the boys were young. Now that they are adults, we've decided to start a new venture together on the beautiful neighbouring island of Guanaja. In 2022, we purchased our land, and in March of 2023, we put up a little cabin so that we have a little spot to sleep in and store things while we slowing work to get our project together. We are hoping to get our business running in the next 3-5 years, with these next few years giving us a chance to save up capital and advance a bit at a time at planting and infrastructure. Our blog will share our adventure with anyone who wants to follow it!