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Utila Adventures - Take 2

Author: Christina Mueller

Report Date: 4-May-2005

Tropical Island Palm - Click to enlargeOriginally we had planned on traveling across the border to our Guatemalan neighbors to conquer the fiery volcanoes of Antigua, however, our plans changed upon discovering at the bus station (yes, Honduran websites and flyers are usually not up to date) that there were no buses arriving in SPS from Antigua or Guatemala City on Monday, May 2. Instead we made a quick, painless decision to travel to Utila to hopefully see the infamous whale shark, hopefully discover where the pirate caves were located, spend a night on the peaceful private island, and dive at night along with the octopus, lobsters, and other fearless night creatures.

 

Utila Caves - Click to enlarge On Friday we traveled to La Ceiba, and made the ferry just before it took off! We crossed the great ocean to encounter many eager scuba instructors upon our arrival. We rushed out of the madness to our favorite hostel, and hit the streets in search of our caving adventures and our beloved, Captain Hal, who was sure to take us to the whale shark this time around. We ended up finding someone to take us caving in a fresh water cave on Saturday, and we were sliding into the cave on our stomachs using our head lamps as extra protection against any unseen or hidden spiders or other insects that might decide to come our way. As we entered a large cavern, we entered the water, and used our snorkel gear and our flashlights to dive through small, narrow tunnels into air pockets. It was a great adventure, and all of us came out alive:)

 

Night Dive in tropical island waters On Sunday we traveled to the beautiful Water Cay beaches, a tropical island paradise, with our fearless captain:) We snorkeled alongside the coral reef and encountered a fierce pack of barracudas who Katie and I decided, had been tracking us or hunting us!! We also prepared for our night dive, and as the clock ticked away, we started thinking of all the barracudas and sharks we might meet in the dark waters. As we put on our wet suits and our gear, we stepped on the boat, and wondered what we had just signed up for. As we entered the black water with our flashlights and our gear, and as we started descending, I was amazed at God's incredible creation as I saw brilliantly colored coral and fish swimming about. Katie and I stayed close to our neon clad instructor as we moved in and out of the coral reef. The most incredible sight of the entire night was sitting at the bottom of the ocean floor, turning off our flashlights, and looking out at the water around us. Within seconds the formerly dark water, became like the night sky flashing with little tiny lights that looked like stars. The fish were shining in the darkness! It was an amazing sight to see, and it has me desiring to go again:)

 

Sweet Tooth Bakery - Click to enlarge Although the whale shark evaded us again, eventually he will have to come out of hiding:) God gave us an unexpected blessing Monday morning with the stormy ocean, for instead of going out hunting, we relaxed and spent some quality time with God as well as just enjoyed what God had blessed us with.

 

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Psalm 62:1-2,8,11-12

 

Relax on a tropical island - Click to enlarge In the morning we would wake up and take in the day in one of the chairs or in one of the hammocks next to our room. It was there that God continued to whisper to us how great His love is for us, how faithful He is, and how true He is to His Word. It was there that He reminded me that His love is better than life.. that my soul has been satisfied with the richest of foods, that He has truly been my strength, my joy, and my delight during my stay in Honduras, and that He will continue to be all that I need each and every day that I live on this earth. It was a reminder to BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD.

Republished with the permission of the Author - Christina Mueller

 


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