The Belize Chronicles – Birds

I’m thrilled to share with you even more shots from our vacation. Shots that were lost and have been found!

For lunch during the full day dive trip we stopped at Half Moon Caye Natural Monument Park. This is home to a bird sanctuary for the Red Footed Booby. Josh was kind enough to tromp to the lookout with a zoom lens. Here are some of the wonderful images her was able to capture.

In honor of the birth of a litter of sweet Scottie puppies over at Rocky Creek, I wanted to make sure and share this fuzzy little guy.

As you can see they put on quite a show for visitors

I just think that Josh did a wonderful job capturing the moment here.

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The Belize Chronicles – More Pics

Today a wonderful thing happened, we found the lost SD card containing all of our vacation photos.  I would like to share a few here that would have been in other posts.

The dive shop we used for most of our trip

My graceful exit from the water

The wonderful team of diver instructors and crew

Just could not pass up the opportunity to share this one.  I’m not sure what I like better the mustache or the hat but both just keep us giggling

The Belize Chronicles – The Dives

So I lost the SD card that contained all of our vacation photos, I’ll write about that next week, however thanks the great folks at ZAO I was able to recover many. The ones that were not recovered were most of the dive shots. So I have none of the great shots of us in the water with gear or with our dive instructors. Oh well let’s move on.

When we went to Belize, we went to SCUBA dive. That is just what we did, 11 dives in 5 days. How do you put into words the most amazing, mind blowing and spiritual event of your life? Yeah, there are no words to describe how much I love diving and my love pales in comparison to Josh. We have honestly found a calling, diving will for some time be a part of our lives.

After a week of enjoying coral reefs and amazing schools of fishes we were ready for the big boys, Blue Hole. On our 8th dive we fed sharks and Josh touched one. I just was a little too scared. Shark petting is not for this Midwestern girl. They were so cool to watch, the way they move is fascinating.

On our last dive day we forked up the big bucks to take an all day charter that included meals and three dives. The first was to Blue Hole, a once dry cave full of stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years. Now crazy people like us dive to 140 ft below sea level to see them. You can only be down at that depth for about 8 minutes. While down there we saw at least 10 shark, reef and Caribbean, sniffing us out. No I do not taste good thank you! One reason for the sort dive is that the deeper you go the more air you use. At our safety stop I had to hook onto the back up air tank, I guess I suck, lol. On our final dive we stayed along a reef wall, it drops to depths of more than 3000 ft. So while you are enjoying the fish and coral you are also surrounded by deep dark blue. At one point we were joined by an Eagle Ray, it actually does look like it is sourcing. So beautiful hovering across the emptiness.

Josh made a friend while we were diving one day, a grouper fish. They had a chat waiting for the rest of us to come down. That grouper followed Josh the entire time, pointing out stuff to look at. I think our dive master must have slipped him a $20.

The Belize Chronicles – The Eats!!!!

After the response from my first post I want everyone to know that we had a divine trip, we are very good at letting the obstacles pass in travel. True we would have stayed someplace else but it did not take away from the trip, I just want to be honest if someone finds that post while thinking about a trip to San Pedro.

So what do you fill your non-diving time with, hunting for good food maybe? It really was not the much of a hunt. Every taco shack, food stands and beach bar had killer grub. Heaven for someone whose diet is heavy on the fish. I’m a Pescatarian for those who don’t read our food blog. Fish tacos are my absolutely favorite dish; I’ve had them a million ways and want a million more.

While our resorts did not fit us well the in-house restaurant was fantastic. We dined there on four different occasions, not typical for us. Most of the “fine dining” featured fresh fish prepared in with a Caribbean flavor. So sides were rice made with coconut milk, curry and lots of fresh fruit. I was in heaven. Grouper and snapper were the most common fish in season and featured everywhere. Most days we began the morning early, I would whip up migas (a Mexican breakfast I rock at) catch the boat into town for our dives. Lunch was usually at a beach front bar, a wet lunch (wink, wink). Then back on a boat to the resort for a nap and a leisurely evening. Some nights we stayed in-house, others we tramped down the beach to other resorts. One evening we found a great curry place, unfortunately we didn’t think to bring a flashlight. Heading back in the dark I cut my feet up. Of well, mementos of a great meal.

On one of the last evenings, in a post dive glow, we parked our tails at the hotel bar. By some strange coincidence the couple next to us mentioned they were from Waco. Both Josh and I perked up right away. WACO! We were just there. Asking casually if by any chance they knew Bernie Rapoport, our tours sponsor, their eyes widened immediately. Not only do they know him but they are close friends. Just two days before one of the foundation’s board members had been down to visit our new friends. Talk about a small world! We had a lovely evening, great meeting you Sharon and Sam.

The Belize Chronicles – The Resort

The best place to start might be the where, other than the basics of going to San Pedro, Belize. This was the first time we used a travel agent and will probably be the last. We had thought it would be easier to have someone coordinate this one for us. What we got was a resort better suited for vacationers with children or grandparents. We stayed at a place called Captain Morgan’s Resort, located on the north end of the island. The north end is very isolated, reachable only via boat or a toll bridge. For people who want enjoy being in the thick of things this was not a good fit, we would have to either take a water taxi or hope to catch a resort boat heading to town. The resort itself didn’t have much going on. While there was nothing wrong with our room it was not very nice. The resort charged for everything, use of the phone to call in town for example. However the restaurant was very good. We had four meals there and each was delicious. One evening we happened to meet a couple whom know our tours sponsors very well. Talk about a small world.

I can’t complain too much, we should have known better. We know what we like. Next time getting a hotel in town will suit us better. One good thing that came from the resort choice was that our dive shop was on the same pier as the hotel’s pickup.

The rest of the Belize posts will be full of happiness and bubbles, I just really didn’t like the resort or it’s location. I didn’t like most of the other guests either.