Deo and Auri are spending the next few years working up in Canada, saving money. As we were planning on closing on the land in Aug and they were coming down for a month, we thought we'd plan a camping trip over for a few nights, so that they could see it for their first time.
The closing kept getting delayed, so we checked to make sure it would be ok to camp out, even though the land wasn't officially ours yet.
We arranged a boat to take us over from Jonesville and drop us at the land for 2 nights. We stocked up on some groceries, packed up a cooler, tent, travel hammocks, water and a few other basics, and off we went! Fortunately the property a few lots down has a rundown dock, which is a good landmarker, so we found our spot pretty easily. So exciting to pull up to our land for the first time! Blake (the boat captain that took us) helped us unload supplies, and then headed out to stay with his uncle while we were camping. His uncle coincidentally turned out to be our realtor Sidney. Sidney wanted to come out to show us the property boundaries, so we planned to see them the next day.
We got our tent set up and started raking our land and burning all the leaves. The property had just said idle for years, so there was lots of debris, and the bugs were relentless. Tons of plastic bottles everywhere that had washed ashore. The boys took a break to snorkel and see what they could see. I kept raking, and had multiple fires going- the smoke helped a bit with the bugs. I had brought some bug spray, but the boys hadn't packed any, and it was clear we were going to run out. Fortunately we had a cell signal, so we asked Blake if he could pick up some when he came, as well as bringing us more drinking water and more ice. We couldn't even hack 1 day of camping before calling for support!
The property a few lots down had a well(the run down former resort that I had originally looked at), so we filled up a bucket of water from there for bathing. We met the caretaker Jose (I had met him briefly when I was looking at properties, and had been in touch with him already to see if he would be interested in doing some clearing for us). He had his entourage of several dogs and a pig with him. We visited with him a bit, and talked about what needed to be done on the land.
Our first sunset was so amazing. As we're on the west side, we had a perfect view. We cooked some dinner over the fire, and marveled at our incredible piece of paradise. Then night came, and we went out to lie on the dock and look at the stars. Amazing how many stars you see when there's no electricity!
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!