categories: central america travel
The Amateur Traveler talks to Matt Wall about traveling to and living in Honduras. Matt recommends the Bay Islands in the Caribbean for a beach resort vacation, scuba diving and snorkeling. The main island of Roatan have everything from all-inclusive resorts to backpacking accommodations in West End. Matt lived in the town of Copán Ruinas near the Guatemala border named after the “pretty incredible” Mayan ruins there. For the very adventurous who are willing to rough it Matt also suggests the Mosquito Coast at the far Western edge of Honduras which is a rain forest area sometimes called the “little Amazon”. “You go there if you want to have a jungle experience”.
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and I also heard from Jameson:
My name is Jameson and I am a rather new listener. I’ve been listening to your show for about the past 3 months and find it quite enjoyable. I like the format and enjoy sharing in other peoples adventures as you interview them. Your equipment sounds really nice and the interview format always brings a new dynamic to the show.
I was listening to your episode this morning on my commute to work about the Azores. At one point, you were discussing the rock type on the Azores, and you asked if it was a pumice like the a’a’ found on Hawaii and your guest Janine corrected you and said “no it is basalt rock”. I feel like you are a knowledgeable guy and I think you slightly misunderstand the difference here.
Pumice is a textural term given to various kinds of extrusive rock, or lava rock as many people know it. It forms when super heated rock under high pressure is explosively expelled from a volcano rapidly cooling and depressurizing the rock. It traps the air bubbles inside the rock creating the “pumice” texture. Generally pumice is the name of a rock that is less dense then water due to the conditions under which it is formed. It can be any type of lava rock, from basalt to rhyolite.
‘A’a on the other hand is basalt characterized by flow properties containing blocky and irregular patterns. It is a Hawaiian word that comes from the sounds you make when you walk on it, “Agh, Agh” (geology joke).
As you may have guessed I am a trained geologist. I love the outdoors and understanding how things were formed around me.
So while you weren’t exact with your definitions the fact that you are aware of pumice and ‘A’a is great. I’m always impressed with your extensive knowledge in a range of different areas.
Thanks so much and keep up the good work.
…but I actually did know that
Bola commented on Travel to Nigeria – Episode 289
Wow what a wonderful episode! As a fellow Nigerian I really enjoyed and appreciated the descriptions (and many definitions) of Lagos. The presenter was very honest, yet despite that I STILL felt very happy and very proud of my country. Addictive Chaos… indeed lol!