The last time I wrote about Honduras, I shared a story about hiking to The Unbelievable Falls and my fall. Today I would like to share a story about another hike along a loop trail in the Pico Bonito National Park. This trail is marked and a guide is not needed. However, we made arrangements to have a guide join us so we could learn more about the landscape and the critters who inhabit the area. And I’m really bad about following directions. Don’t get me started with maps.
We met the guide early in the morning. He took one look at the better half’s flip flops and said, “Those won’t do.” I had on sandals made for hiking through small streams, which was the plan for the day. I sniggered. Before we left our cabin I questioned the feasibility of hiking in flip flops. The guide and I waited for the better half to return with proper hiking shoes also known as tennis shoes.
Part of the excursion included stopping at a small waterfall and taking a dip in a swimming hole. The better half complained about wearing tennis shoes with wet feet. I tried not to act smug, but the better half always made fun of my big and clunky hiking sandals. Who was laughing now!
On the way back the guide stopped us on the trail to point out some fungi. That’s when I felt a stinging sensation in my right foot. Then my left. Soon it felt like hundreds of tiny pins were piercing my feet and working up my legs. I started to shout and hop on one foot. Then the other. I was standing in the midst of ants. Tiny ants barely visible to the eye.
The guide started pouring water all over my legs and feet and I kept shouting, “These
ants are bitey!” I have to admit, the better half waited until we were alone to mock my sandals and pointed out that no one else was bitten. I acted maturely and said, “Oh shut up and get me a beer.”
The rest of the day I lazed about the pool keeping my feet in the water to deal with the stinging sensation from all the bites. And the beer supply never dwindled. Now that is true love.
Next week I’ll share a story from my trip to Guatemala.