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Little French Key Island in Roatan, Honduras

When I asked my friend who took the same cruise last year, what her favorite part of the trip was, she said without a doubt, their visit to Little French Key Island in Roatan, Honduras. She’d read about it on Trip Advisor, and for only being 2 years in operation, it had many rave reviews. Besides hearing that it was a small private island with great amenities, when I heard we got to hold monkeys, I no longer needed convincing that it was the place to go. Swimming with dolphins one day, and cuddling with monkeys the next? It was just so surreal! The monkeys, I found, were just the tip of the iceberg.

Little French Key Island~Roatan, Honduras

I had communicated with the owner via email, and felt slightly nervous that I had a reservation without paying anything. It didn’t feel like a true reservation, but I had to just go with it. I had the option of paying cash or 15% extra with a credit card, so I opted for cash. Apparently, Honduras is known for their shipwrecks still in the water. We pulled into port near a very cool old looking ship. We got off the boat, and had to walk a little distance past locals trying to sway us to ride in their taxi, or go on their tour.

We found our driver, along with a few others from our ship, and took a 15 minute ride through the small island of Roatan off of the mainland, Honduras. Truly humbling to see how our lives are so different from those I saw out the window. Snapped a picture of these two boys selling fruit, as a reminder to my kids to be grateful for what we have.

Roatan, Honduras

At the end of the car ride, we hopped onto a little ferry that held 30 people, and were taken on a 5 minute ride to an even smaller island, Little French Key. I am a most horrible judge of space, but I’d say the island was about an acre total. We got a little tour, and we had the next 5 hours to enjoy it at our leisure. Where to begin??… Continue Reading

A day in Cozumel, Mexico

I mentioned in yesterday’s post, that we just got back from a family cruise to the Caribbean. We had so much fun, it felt like a dream! For those unfamiliar with how a cruise works (I was), besides being out at sea, you stop in varying ports to experience the local scene. I specifically booked our cruise to include the 3 ports that we went to: Cozumel, Roatan, & Belize. Today I’ll share what we did in Cozumel.

what to do in cozumel mexico

I’d heard of Cozumel many times before, I knew it claimed beautiful beaches,… Continue Reading

7 Most Loved Posts

Dear Friends,

I wanted to share with you the 7 most loved posts of late. They are proved to be loved by you, my readers, from Pinterest or blog stats, and of course deeply loved by me from their beginnings in my heart.  Tomorrow is a fun day, and if you want to get ahead of the  game I’ll be sharing, then go ahead and “pin” all 7 of the posts below (from their original source linked above each image, not this page).

In no particular order, the top 7:

Fudgy Vanilla Brownie

Fudgy Vanilla Brownie, also known as White Texas Sheet Cake, this recipe is AMAZING! #brownie #texassheetcake KristenDuke.com

Girls Fancy Bedroom Makeover

home decor

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

What to Wear in Family Portraits

Say NO to Auto Beginner Photography Book

Repurposed Giant Frame Tutorial

Walt Disney World Family Vacation: How to plan your trip

Walt Disney World Family Vacation

~Kristen

Vermont in the Fall

I mentioned a week ago that my husband and I took an anniversary trip to Vermont 3 years ago.  I thought I’d share some of my favorite images as well as the quaint places we stayed, in case anyone else out there likes the idea. Scroll to the bottom to download some of my favorite fall images to print as you like.

Though we got married in December, I figured we could take an early trip, because getaways in December aren’t very convenient. Even though I had a nursing baby, I didn’t want that to stop us from our 10 year anniversary trip, so she came along. The dream was to drive through the countryside and see the colorful changing fall leaves from every angle possible, as well as photograph covered bridges. I got online in the weeks before our trip, and found a different quaint bed and breakfast each night that would accommodate a baby crib as well. Since the trip was really all about my dream, I thought I’d also fulfill a dream of my husbands and scoot on over to Maine as well since we are so close. He LOVES the ocean, and I found the perfect spot where we could fall asleep to the waves crashing on the shore. (These were originally posted on my private family blog with smaller images, it’s too much to re-upload, so you get what you get).

We were gone 3 days and 4 nights, and covered 500 hundred miles. We flew into New Hampshire, and I squealed with delight as I saw beautiful leaves right from the start.

Our first stop: The Stonewall Farm in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. This is the drive on the freeway through the windshield. I was SO excited about the color!


I woke up in the morning to this beautiful scene. I ran outside on my own and snapped some shots with the bright morning light.

 

I learned the house was built in the 1700′s. We left the Stonewall farm, and headed out for our first days adventure. About half way, passenger #3 got a little sad, so we had a pitt stop in a random town and took a stroll.

I spent a lot of time hanging out the window shooting as we drove (you’ll be happy to know those kiddie glasses are now long gone).


Our first covered bridge we saw also happens to be the longest one to date.

The 2nd one became my favorite. Probably because it was secluded and we didn’t see others and I got to take lots of fun shots in and around it…

We headed to Vermont to the Quichee Gorge. I had seen it in my searches online and knew hubby would like the hiking/walk through nature aspect.  This was at the bottom after a little hike down.

We loved how this tree grew through the fence.

We drove through the Quichee Village and onto our 2nd stop which was Woodstock, Vermont. This town was really fun and quaint and hoppin. Our B&B was called The Lincoln Inn at Covered Bridge. I was hooked when I found out there was a covered bridge on the land! It was pretty rainy most of the time we were there, but I still got a few shots. Inn at the right, bridge at the left below.


 



I like the pedestrain walkway on the side.



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All of a sudden, we came upon a RED covered bridge–I was waiting for this.



 



Then we went to the one place I had actually heard of–Sharon, Vermont. The birthplace of Joseph Smith.  Since he is quite revered in our hearts, it was wonderful to get a chance to be there. It was tucked way on 300 acres and was SO beautiful. I should have known, the church takes great care to keep up the places they own.
It was so beautiful there.

I liked this sign…LDS Lane.


There were speakers outside playing hymns–it was so awesome to hear the music “singing from the trees.” We got to listen to General Conference and had a tour of the grounds.
This monument was erected in 1905, the centennial celebration of the birth of Joseph Smith. The solid granite piece is 38 and a half feet tall, symbolizing the age Joseph was when he was martyred. They hauled that granite for many many miles (back before cars and good machinery). Cool story about the town he was born. The home he was born in actually sat on the dividing line between Sharon and South Royalton. It was his mother that verified what room he was born in, and that was on the Sharon side.

Replica of the home he was born in….

After our visit here, we drove on through the Vermont countryside. I just sat in awe looking out the window wondering who lived there, what was their job, did the grow up and stay around here or move in from the noise of the city?

Longest bridge
Snapped this as we drove by….
Cool old barn snapped as we drove…
This was a pedestrian bridge in Littleton, New Hampshire. We stayed just a stones throw away from it.



This is the Thayers Inn which we stayed our 3rd night. It was a 4 story hotel used as a hotel 100 years ago, too. Lots of cool history inside. It was on main street, so close to a handful of shops. At night, it was raining we sat out on the balcony just above the blue sign. It was really cool and cozy. 

The river under this bridge in Littleton.


. This is hiking at the Franconia flume gorge We had to pay for this hike, but it was pretty cool.

Just love that baby… I had a railing to set my camera on for this one.

Tree root growing through the granite
Pretty view
Cool tree
Strong baby legs


We were warned of moose and saw lots of signs, but unfortunately, saw no moose (just like our Alaska trip). We liked the warning below it…”HUNDREDS of collisions.”



From Franconia Notch State Park, we drove 2 hours to the Atlantic Ocean in Maine. We stayed in Scarborough, Maine, near the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse. Apparently it is the most photographed lighthouse. I think it is in Forever Young? We got there just at sunset.


The beach by our B&B
It was so peaceful to just sit and look out these windows facing the ocean.  We had the windows open at night and slept to the sound of the waves crashing.

Our morning stroll
Baby’s first sand/ocean experience.






The Breakers Inn, we stayed in the Tower Room because I knew hubby would love the sloped ceilings and wood walls. I enjoyed some Maine Blueberry Juice (how could I pass that up?) 


Here are just a few taken with my “small camera.”




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The sitting area in our Maine B&B looked out on the ocean was so delightful.
Download some of my favorite fall images you see above HERE, and print as you like. A few more images previously posted HERE.