Carrie and a few other Houston Texans Cheerleaders traveled to Honduras recently to visit U.S. servicemen and women stationed there. Below is an account of her first day of the trip.
We made it safely!! We're having a blast!!
Everyone is so nice to us and they're going out of their way to make sure we have a safe and fun trip. Here's a rundown of all that's happened to this point:
Yasmine almost didn't make the flight! Her name was spelled wrong on her airline ticket ...TWICE!!! Haha. Well, it wasn't funny at the time, but now, we all laugh about it. Who else does this happen to ...except for Yasmine.
Yasmine, Stacy, Catie, Candy, Carrie, Vanessa and Amanda of the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, before their flight to Honduras. The ladies are visiting U.S. servicemen and women stationed there.
The flight was great, only two-and-a-half hours. I slept for about 30 minutes, then woke up to get beautiful for our arrival. I didn't know the Tegucigalpa airport is the second most dangerous airport in the world because of the mountains. It's basically sitting in a bowl surrounded by mountains and you have to make the perfect landing. No worries ...ours was perfect!! I wondered why everyone clapped when we landed.
The weather here is beautiful, 85-90 degrees everyday. As I'm blogging right now, I'm looking at the mountains with the clouds peaking through. Absolutely beautiful. Nick, a soldier from Maringouin, LA is sitting here with me, enjoying the sun, cool breeze and breathtaking view. It's a beautiful place to daydream and get lost. I wish you could see it, words can't explain it.
My teammates are adamant that I mention this part of the trip, ugh. After lunch, on the way to the van, a bird pooped on Stacy and me! In our hair, on our clothes. Ok ...enough said.
Our trip to the base was about an hour-and-a-half, and an adventure. The people in Honduras drive CRAZY!! The highway is a two-way lane that spirals through the mountains with a rock on one side and the valley on the other. Drivers play chicken with each other and drive as though they are driving Corvettes. We thought it was just our driver but we quickly learned it's ALL drivers. I can't begin to tell you how many times we almost had a head-on collision, but I'll save that story for later. The trip back to the airport should be interesting.
On the way to the base we passed neighborhoods. The people here are beautiful and so simple. Life is so simple here, that's all I can say. They just live. It's different from what I'm used to in the city.
Once we arrived on base we met with the Commander and he gave us the scoop on Soto Cano AB. They assist the local government and perform humanitarian missions throughout Nicargua, Guatemala, Beliz, El Salvador, Panama and Costa Rica. About 86% of their missions are anti-narcotic. This is an awesome place!!
The Houston Texans Cheerleaders with a few officers on base in Honduras.
We are staying in a hooch, hooch #53. It consists of eight beds and a mini-living and dining room. The restrooms are about a minute walk from our hooch. It sounds weird, but honestly it's not so bad.
Hooch #53, where Carrie and the Houston Texans Cheerleaders are staying in Honduras.
Last night we hung out with the soldiers on the base. Everyone is so nice and welcoming. We had a great time getting to know them and what they do. We're making great friends =)