Today I fished with Ben Deskins and Zach Dobbins, a few of my good friends and roommates for this trip. We woke up very early, in fact breakfast was at 5:30. I woke up at 4 to go for a small jog but when I woke up I quickly blew off that idea to watch the sunrise and boy was she a beauty.
The weather has been very windy since we have arrived I assume about 15 nots in the morning and picking up throughout the day to about 20-25 nots but still a great place to be with friends. After the sunrise we ate breakfast and freaked out my good friend Charlie Boyd who is very skiddish about hardboiled eggs, so i ate a few infront of him:). It was a very good meal with quality granola. After the stellar breakfast we suited up and got ready for “war”, we had an awesome guide his name was Edwin. Edwin knew exactly where to go for rookies like us 3, he took us directly to a baby Tarpon sanctuary and let us practice our casts on a few small Tarpon we each caught a small Tarpon. I gave my Tarpon a kiss before tossing it back into its small pond.
After a successful fishing journey we all went to plant some mangroves in a mangrove nursery that is growing on the Island, we do this to replenish the population of mangroves in surrounding islands that were wiped out by hurricane Mitch in 1998. We showed up at the dock a little late to pick up the mangroves so we had the great privilege to load the saplings in our boat and haul them over to the planting grounds. We arrived at the planting grounds unaware of the mud we would be tracking through. I grabbed a box full of baby saplings and walked through the sand like I was the “man” then I hit mud and on the first step I sank down to mid thigh in smelly nasty watery mud. We got the job done and had a blast doing it. After the muddy adventure we went to a comfortable spot to swim and toss mangos that we had just picked less than an hour before, they were quite yummy and I don’t even like mangos. We swam and had fun for another hour. After we all swam the mud off we cruised to the mangrove swamps to harvest more mangrove seeds that the nursery would raise to plant hood and we would plant them into the ground beneath our very feet that were now shriveled and raisin-like.
Filling milk crates that we stored the saplings in before we planted them. It turns out Edwin was a comedian because the second we all got in the muddy water he hauled over to the dock about 30 yards away. The mud does not make walking easy but crawling isn’t very bad until the sand fleas get you. They aren’t as bad as everyone says. We picked our quota of seeds and got to the dock with Edwin laughing at how dirty we were, it was quite the adventure and we enjoyed every second of it. We went to drop the crates off when we all kinda felt our energy dissolve into thin air and my good friend Zach was not feeling his best so we all made the mutual choice and decided to head back to the lodge. The journey back was quite bumpy but we took pride in the waves we were taking, and the fact that we were passing everyone on the way back to the lodge. When we got back the first thing we did was take a cold shower and catch our breath (having so much fun is very tiring). Soon after we caught our breath we went to the main lodge and could it be? Hot quesadillas waiting for us? yeah that could work real well. Soon we were fat on great Honduran made appetizers. We had an amazing day. We didn’t fish hard but we had a ton of fun in the process. When we were full on quesadillas we played some serious ping pong, laid back in hammocks and talked about life. I’m with some of my best friends. We are in paradise and loving it.