Photo by Corey Petrick
By Shea Parton
After a 7-hour trip to El Salvador and then 1 hour over to Honduras, cinematographer Corey Petrick, Handsome Coffee Roaster's Chris Owens and I arrived to a sunny 81 degrees and loaded our 12-person van with a few bags and camera equipment. The owner of the local rent-a-car kiosk assured us his Disneyland-esque tourism map would work much better than a GPS, which as he put it: “Does not work, and will lead you to bad places.” I think those words exaggerated our confidence to navigate the local roads, especially since all three of us know 'poquito' Spanish. Regardless, we began weaving our way through the controlled chaos of downtown San Pedro Sula with Chris Owens at the wheel. Around three hours in, our navigation samurai Corey Petrick noticed we had spent the last 100+ miles traveling in the opposite direction from our destination. Therefore, we decided to take a timeout and stopped for lunch at a classic fishing village near Rio Lindo, in east-central Honduras. The three of us enjoyed drinks, full-size bass and questionably fried Tilapia, costing 572 HNL (30 USD) for all of us. We then jumped back on the road for another 5+ hours full of re-evaluating our location due to fading light, constantly retracting our steps, and patiently making our way to La Ceiba. We piled out of the van once arriving to La Ceiba, grabbed dinner and went right to bed. If weather permits, tomorrow brings a day of sailing & diving off the island of Roatan as we maximize our weekend before a packed week.