Waxing Away on the Tropical Highway–Mister Blue Sky

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Well its official … the HAMMOCK is being coiled up to roll down the Tropical Highway …. Mister Blue Sky is finally leaving Utila and the Bay Islands of Honduras …… next, briefly in San Jose Costa Rica …… then Bocas del Toro Panama after 27 hours of travel ……… leaving this Saturday with the out-going tide catching the current to Bocas Town.Riding The Current To Bocas del Toro

That will make 6 weeks based on Utila ….. took 3 scuba diving courses and did a total of 35 dives  ….. took a 4 day diving boat trip to Guanaja … a day trip to West End Roatan …… plus a dive trip out to the Roatan Bank sea mounts which are not near Roatan ….. made 5 ship wreck dives all in 100ft plus depths, biggest wreck was over 300ft long ….. dove on 4 separate sea mounts ….. went to Water Cay 5 times …. spent a day handline fishing for Wahoo in a 32ft Dory (with diesel engine) that was literally carved out of a mahogany tree back in the day ….spent another day fishing for Tarpon and Snook in one of the lagoons ….. competed in 2 Beersbie Championships, one on WaterCay the other at Trudy’s by the Sea….. I also spent many hours swimming harbor laps or snorkeling along the coast …. last but not the least are the harbor booze cruises on Alton’s boat ……..
I did not cook one meal unless you count peanut butter and jelly toasted sandwiches ……… You can eat out for under $7 a day, 2-3 meals …….. an expensive meal on Utila is $10-$12 max ….. you would pay $25-$40 for the same meal back home …… quality steaks, pork or fresh fish ….. tuna-wahoo-snapper-mahi- kingfish-amberkack-barracuda and sometimes marlin is on the menu …… that would be a marlin caught out of a Dory on a handline ……. I learned that at RJ’s which is a barbecue place 30 seconds from where I stayed at Lazy Daze and only open 3 days a week ….. they give you a lot more food if you get take out ….. so I took out more than I ate in at the restaurant …. RJ’s is one of the best places to eat on Utila especially the fresh fish but its all good …… My other favorite place to dine is El Picante …. located on the waterfront on a second story covered terrace…Jean the owner/host/manager creates a great environment and has excellent mexican style food …… even better margaritas …… I also ate a lot of baleadas at either Kings or Donna Rosa’s……. stuffed tortillas with various goodies …… cost $30 -$50 Lemps which is like $1.50-$2.50 US ….. they spill over a full size plate …. meaning they are rather large …. the avocado-lobster is my favorite …… I had many an egg sandwich or omelet at the Snack Shack at Alton’s which is about 30 seconds away as well … Anna makes a great egg sandwich  …..
Well what has Mister Blue Sky been up to for the last week    D I V I N G and D R I N K I N G and _________ I actually went to West End Roatan last Monday on the Miss Trinity, thank you Julie and Mitch for the invite, along with Marlo-Clint-Ralph-Jo-Steve …. great times …… collectively we have Germans, Brits, Canadians and a token American ….after having lunch in West End and picking up one additional Canadian shipmate, Heather who flew in that morning, we dove a ship wreck sitting in about 100ft of water with a reef wall about 30 yards away …….I fed chum scraps to all kinds of snappers, blue runners and a dozen plus Black Grouper weighing 15 lb-45 lb’s  ….. I had to constantly gently push these groupers off of me as they preferred to cover me up and try to get to my chum pale …. plus we had a huge Moray Eel wrap around Marlo’s legs looking for a handout ……. then back on board we had a big sailfish put on a jumping show just off of the boat ….. I have also made 5 other dives during the last week with 2 more set for tomorrow morning …… I have to give a huge shout out to Alton’s Dive Center’s instructors and dive masters …..they invited me to their night dive (staff only)
on the Haliburton Wreck which also sits in about 100ft of water …… incredible experience …. it was also a lot of fun to see all of them have so much fun …..
Mister Blue Sky still needs to down a few shots at a couple of the bars here to earn their T-shirt before he leaves the island. I definitely want a Rehab shirt (or two) …Trust me I spent at least 10 hours of internet time trying to figure out the best way to get from Utila to Bocas del Toro Panama, Little Corn island Nicaragua, as well as try too stay a few days at West End Roatan (no luck everything booked) ….. I have to take 4 planes and stay one night in Costa Rica to get to Bocas del Toro …..all good though assuming it works ……
Hey all …. I hope you are enjoying The Hammock Philosopher’s blog …… I have met a lot of great people here on Utila and most of them have moved on to other parts of the world ….. I expect to meet a lot more in the coming weeks …. feel free to leave any comments or hook up on Facebook …….. lets follow the Tropicville Road and hopefully we will meet at some future intersection on this Tropical Highway ……… MAY THE SMILE OF THE COSMIC WHALE SHARK ALWAYS SHINE UPON YOU
Till Next Tide,
Mister Blue Sky
ps CARRIE YOU ARE THE BEST!
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Sorry if you have not been to Utila this will not have any meaning, if you have then you will understand…….feel free to expand. I am sure you can do better! A free baleada for the best ballad……..lol

YOU CAN'T ESCAPE UTILA BY RUNNING AWAY

YOU CAN’T ESCAPE UTILA BY RUNNING AWAY

Help I can’t seem to get off the island!

Mermaids of Utila put a Lazy Daze spell on me.
Stumbled into a TukTuk, putted right into Rehab.
Bought my freedom with tasty wings El Picante.
Holy baleadas still owe a Kings-Dona Rosa’s tab.
Can escape island if find the treasure of Treetanic.
It sunk somewhere near exotic Tranquila Bay.
Took four shots on Skid Row but no drinking panic,
I won the shirt tattooed with the map of the day.
X marks the spot, its buried in La Cueva the bar,
Right under its tastey happy cookie jar.
Speaking of Munchies, tonight its RJ’s,
Wahoo soaked in aged Ron Flor de Caña.
Oh well I’ll be on the ferry for sure mañana…..
Ya that’s what I say every day……
cause its just another Utila Ground Hog Day.
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Who knows about the Green Flash, have you heard about, seen it …….. well tune in to the Hammock Philosopher’s words of tropical sunsetology and click on to the Hammockville Blog page for enlightenment.

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Tropical Dream Job—I mentioned this in my prior blog so here’s video proof…..I have cruised down to Water Cay a few times now. It is one of the small cays located about 5-6 miles west of the harbor at Utila ….. all with Capt Mac aboard his 25ft mellow yellow Panga … he can take up to 15-18 people at a per head fee …… once there he sets up his hammock under the shade of Australian Pines and spends the time chillin’ to music, sippn’ rum, tokin’ up…., readin’, writin’ (no arithmetic) just enjoyin’ each day …. waitin’ to return the flock back to their dock…….that’s a top ten tropical gig!

Till Next Tide,

Mister Blue Sky

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Stacey and Justine-I am honored to have spent time with you all and thank you for letting the boys come out and play with Mister Blue Sky

Stacey and Justine-I am honored to have spent time with you all and thank you for letting the boys come out and play with Mister Blue Sky

Nils--You ruled Utila Town--You are now a Utilian Legend...is that Eeemileeeo next to you? The Posing Roxbury Boys

Nils–You ruled Utila Town–You are now a Utilian Legend…is that Eeemileeeo next to you? The Posing Roxbury Boys

Adam and Landon-front side beers-bee action--sorry guys but the judge's jean shorts-jorts is  stealing the picture

Adam and Landon-front side beers-bee action–sorry guys but the judge’s jean shorts-jorts is stealing the picture

Adam and Landon beers-bee action at its finest

Adam and Landon beers-bee action at its finest

Mister Blue Sky Waxing Philosophic in a Beers-Bee Moment on the Tropicville Road

Mister Blue Sky Waxing Philosophic in a Beers-Bee Moment on the Tropicville Road

These pictures are dedicated to the “Edmonton Five” …… who left Utila this morning in route back to Edmonton Canada….I am glad I caught you at the airport this morning at 5:50 AM to say adios, so sorry I missed dinner last night …… I was captured by the Pirate Ship Miss Trinity (again) … forced by Capt. Mitch to booze cruise the harbor for hours in search of…….? I never did find out…..but let me say ‘dis bout dat’……it was a truely beautiful evening in the harbor of Utila one of those mesmerizing rare moments (with a tinge of sadness that Carrie was not with me)….saw Capt Margaret sailing the Drummer out of the harbor as well as other vessels coming and going….sailboats moored up and the lights of the bars and restaurants glimmering on the water their sounds being …. totally invaded and drowned out by the thumping speakers of the Miss Trinity … pirate terror strategy. This is one of the prime reasons Mister Blue Sky chose Alton’s Dive Center…..they like to use their boats for more than just diving, no other dive center on Utila does this or run out to other islands or distant dive sites.

FOR THE RECORD–THAT IS NOT LIPSTICK ON MISTER BLUE SKY’S CHEEK—THAT IS A BEERS-BEE WAR WOUND!

Stacey, Justine, Landon, Adam and Nils I sincerely hope our paths will intersect again somewhere on the Tropical Highway……. may the cosmic smile of the tropical whale shark always great you upon your future travel…..Gracias for teaching Utila and Mister Blue Sky Beersbee! Stay in touch dudes ….ey

Waddup with Mister Blue Sky ….. well he’s stiiiillllllll on Utila….what else is new………. Its Carnival this week in Bocas del Toro Panama so its either wait here till next week or try and hop over to Guanaja island for a few days and then on to Bocas….where rumor has it that Mister Blue Sky’s Tropicville Road will intersect with his niece Laurel’s Central American trail in March…….

I was back out to Water Cay yesterday ….. snorkeled for about an hour along the reef and ran across about a 60-70lb Tarpon waiting to ambush some bait coming off the flats into the channel between Water Cay and the next Cay. Too bad I did not take my Gopro …. saw a plethora of Parrot fish and also saw several Spanish Mackeral.

I was yaking with an unnamed dive master on an unnamed dive center dock yesterday morning …. when I commented that he looked tired …. his reply …. “oh man all I do is dive and have sex, sex and dive everyday” …. Dive and Sex, The Life of a (young and not married) Dive Master on Utila

Hey muchas gracias to the over 1000 blog viewers that have tuned into the Hammock Philosopher’s blog over the last month. Mister Blue Sky’s phonetic creation of new words and new tropical quotations at times flows over the heads of the viewers and his own ….but hey that is what this blog is about … you never know what tropical liquidation, herbation, fruitation induced pronunciation will result in the next Mister Blue Skyism……

Tropical Dream Job…..already taken but holamoly…..I have cruised down to Water Cay a few times now…all with Capt Mac aboard his 25ft mellow yellow Panga … he can take up to about 15-18 people at a per fee head……then he sets up his hammock under the shade of Australian Pines and spends the time listening to music (lots of yours truly mixes), drinking rum, firing up…., reading writing and enjoying life …. waiting to return the flock back to the dive center dock(s)…….that’s a great tropical gig…….

Well its time to walk down the harbor road to get lunch …. a lobster baliada for $55 Lemps …. a huge flour tortilla filled with avocado, lobster and other fixings … that is about $2.70 US…… the dive masters and instructors virtually live off of these …. the regular no lobster is $40 Lemps.

Till Next Tide,

Mister Blue Sky

ps Carrie you are the best!

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FYI-I set up 3 new blog pages just for pictures and videos of Utila, Guanaja and a special one just for the Treetanic Bar and Jade Sea Horse for you art lovers. I have had many people contact me wanting pics so here you go….just click on the respective page at the top of the Blog.

Treetanic Bar-Utila

Treetanic Bar-Utila

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My Fellow Miss Trinity Amigos

My Fellow Miss Trinity Amigos

Pidgeon Cay-In the Middle of Not Where We Should Have Been

Pidgeon Cay-In the Middle of Not Where We Should Have Been

RastaBoy aka Mister Blue Sky at Graham’s Place-next to the Miss Trinity

Guanaja

Guanaja

For those that want to know the details of the trip you are going to love this one…..here goes:

I was graciously invited to go literally the evening before our departure, by Mitch, who owns the diving operation at Alton’s Dive Center. This trip had been planned for awhile in conjunction with his brother Burney (visiting from Germany along with a close diving friend Rafael). Heiner who is also German was invited to go as well. The plan was to go straight to Guanaja island and spend three nights there at different hotels/resorts, fishing and diving during the day. Well the next morning Mitch had to stay on Utila but insisted we carry on with the trip so we left as scheduled with Joe his local dive boat captain. We wound up doing a 110ft deep dive on a 300 ft ship wreck off of Roatan, which is the island in between Utila and Guanaja (65 mile trip from Utila-Guanaja). So we did not make it to Guanaja that evening but rather wound up anchored off a tiny little island 12 miles from Guanaja called Pidgeon Cay…………which offered no real protection in a 15-20 knot wind. Mind you we are on one of Alton’s dive boats, the Miss Trinity, no facilities-head-bunks etc…..anchored in 10 feet of water….2-4 swell……..Joe and I knew we had to maintain a close anchor watch because of the conditions and the fact there was shallow reef all around us……….I spent a good part of the night wedged in between two 55 gallon fuel drums and the port side dive tank bench laying on the nonskid fiberglass deck to prevent being tossed around all night…I had enough space to lay on my side but not on my back…needless to say it was a worthless night. So we basically had cruised all day to reach this tiny little island to be miserable for the next 10 hours………

The next morning we headed across to Guanaja in a very nasty head sea which subsided once we got within the lee of its mountains…..we trolled for a couple of hours and lost a giant wahoo. We then cruised along the coast line of Guanaja and navigated our way through the reef to a small fishing settlement  called Mangrove Bight….very pretty place with very friendly people. We were able to get a mid morning breakfast that was really good…black beans-thick pork-flour tortillas and scrambled eggs. Then we bought a local gent a can of gas for his skiff and he guided us inside the reef line down to Bo’s Bush Island House…….Bo was not around however we hooked up with the owner of Guanaja Island Club located a 200 yards down the beach and stayed there that night. After securing the lodging we did a dive out front…literally because there is a reef break there that has 80 feet of water that comes in toward the beach within about 300 yards. We had a nice dinner and breakfast at the bar-restaraunt….after breakfast the next morning we headed to the far end of Guanaja to make another dive however it was rough seas and we did not locate the dive site that had been recommended. So we kept going and came around to the other side of Guanaja where the cay islands and main town are all located. We stopped at Graham’s Place for a long lunch and then cruised through the tropical highway between the small cays and the main island of Guanaja….somewhat like the Abaco Highway in and around Elbow Cay but these cays are much smaller.

I have links to Graham’s Place-Bo’s Bush Island House and Guanaja Island Club under the “Blog Roll”…..I recommend a quick view of each.

Instead of spending the night at a hotel/resort we for some reason wound up heading to Southeast Cay, which is off by itself-another 2 miles away from everything–deserted…….meaning we spent the third and final night on the Miss Trinity again. At least it was calm……..all we had left to eat was basically some bread fruit which we cut up and fried…very good by the way…better then french fries….but alas we caught on a hand line a 15lb Permit while we were still cooking up the bread fruit so we wound up having very fresh fish under a cloudless-moonless night—-under a billion billion Carl Sagan stars…..Prior to settling in at the anchorage, we did a shallow dive around the island. So once again my bed consisted of a fiberglass non-skid deck.

The next morning we ate cookies and crackers for breakfast as we did another hour troll off of Guanaja…we had a total of 2 rods….an old Shimano reel and a new 6 ought reel……….we then headed back towards Roatan…passing by beautiful Pidgeon Cay…our first night’s hell hole and then down the opposite side of Roatan (from that of when we came over the first day). The weather was great and I was able to see the entire length of Roatan……high end houses and resorts scattered along the way…….we did a final dive…wall dive at the very tip of Roatan closest to Utila…literally 100 yards off a high-end resort…it was a beautiful dive…saw lots of grouper and mutton snapper plus quite a few lobster….unfortunately instead of coming up when the coral wall ended we for some unknown reason (I was not in charge) spent the next 15-20 minutes hovering into la la land so when we did surface we were a quarter mile offshore…caught in a swift offshore current heading to Utila…..so if you read my previous blog you know what happened…..we wound up about 3/4 of a mile offshore after drifting for another 45 minutes instead of 100 yards off shore where the wall is situated…. I finally took charge (of at least me)–dumped my scuba gear and swam a 1/2 mile back toward the tip of Roatan in over 1000ft of water, against the current, knowing that eventually Captain Joe would start searching offshore after exhausting efforts looking for us along the wall that was only 100-200 yards off the bank. When I thought that Joe was now looking offshore I started doing very exaggerated high swimming strokes and kicking my red fins out of the water which is exactly what caught his attention…..he ran out to me and we then headed off in the direction of where my three German buddies were drifting……so everyone was safe and sound……we then headed back the final 18 miles to Utilla with an hour interruption of bad fuel clogging up the fuel system and re-priming the fuel lines…we were back on Utila by 3:30…….

Now back at my apartment at Lazy Daze after squaring away the Miss Trinity…I met the newest Lazy Daze guests…..Adam-Nils-Landon-Stacey and Justine of Edmonton Canada (great people by the way)…somehow they talked me into going out on Utila Town with them and we got back in about 3:30 AM….it was a good way to get rid of a lot of built up stress but obviously another night without much sleep.

The good……I did get to see the entire coastline(s) of Roatan and Guanaja plus enjoyed 4 dives (while submerged)….the bad….read above coupled with the fact that we spent a grand total of 2 hours at Mangrove Bight and 2 hours at Graham’s place and a late afternoon-night at Guanaja Island Club on a 4 day-3 night adventure to Guanaja….so we stopped at a grand total of 3 places on Guananja and spent less than 7 daylight hours on land there……not sure where the 4 days went……….

To say the least it was an adventure and it was a misadventure…First time since I was a kid that I was on an island hopping boat cruise when I was not the one in charge-captain……..so for 4 days/3 nights I was with a Honduran captain and 3 German men on a dive boat……….I still would have gone even if I knew we would spend 2 of 3 nights at anchor on the Miss Trinity, but I would have been better prepared and brushed up on German-not…...we survived one another because they all loved my music mixes and the Miss Trinity has big speakers!…… 

I do want to thank captain Joe and also state that I had a very good time getting to know my German dive buddies and boat mates and to say a sincere thank you to each one of you for an adventure not to be forgotten and I apologize for the name misspellings ….plus a big thank you to Mitch for inviting me…I know we would have been sleeping in beds if you would have made the trip….happy tropical trails to all the crew of the Miss Trinity. By the way I have posted various pictures of this trip on the “Guanaja” Page of this blog and more are in route.

Till Next Tide,

Mister Blue Sky

Happy Valentine’s Day Carrie!

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