Enjoying a blissful sunny day in Caye Caulker, Belize
Caye Caulker is a small Belizian island with white, sandy streets made of fine coral
That's the anchorage off the end of the dock. The water is shallow. It is all through Belize. That's what gives the ocean that lovely aquamarine color -- the fact that the sand is only a few feet under the surface of the crystal clear water. The anchorage here is 6 - 10 feet deep. That doesn't leave alot of room for error.
For this reason, many sailors skip Belize completely.
But how on God's green earth could we miss scenes like this?
This was our view for our daily coffee and internet (insert gentle ocean breeze here)
I pride myself on constantly learning new things, and I learned something new in Caye Caulker. This helpful sign outside a liquor store says: "Drinking is fun. Try this!" Wow. I'd never heard that! Well, in that case, I'll have to try it tonight. I'll report back...
Meet Caroline, a Belizian woman who runs this cute little ice cream shop/bar. See the little TV at the top of the photo? Caroline was watching the LIFETIME MOVIE CHANNEL!
I haven't seen a single Lifetime movie in almost two years (My friend Laurel and I used to lovingly call Lifetime movies "cheezies" back in the states). Like a moth to a flame, powerless to resist, I bellied up to the bar, mesmerized. In her adorable Caribbean accent, Caroline eagerly brought me up to speed on the movie she was watching.
I believe the plot involved a husband who was having an affair with Cheryl Ladd's best friend (or something). The details are unimportant. What matters is, we did some major female bonding. Caroline and I shared hugs and tearful goodbyes after our powerful Lifetime experience...with the hubster standing off to the side rolling his eyes. :-)
Score one for positive international relations! You're welcome, America... :-)
Such is the power of the Lifetime movie. (LOL)
By the way, if you are tempted to apply the "shallow" metaphor to my Lifetime Movie Channel experience...all I can say is, "Back off, Jack!" The "shallow" metaphor only applies to the water.
You'll never understand Lifetime movies, boys. No worries. It's all good...
And anyway, guys, there are some things about you I'll never understand either. ;-)
But I digress. Back to Caye Caulker, Belize:
Empty docks and blue skies
The white sand was nearly blinding under the sun -- shades are mandatory!
I enjoyed this typical Belizian meal of jerk chicken, beans and rice,
cole slaw and fried plantain at an outdoor eatery
But just as I started the meal, this unattended Rottweiller mix roamed
in off the street looking for scraps (or more than scraps...)
Considering his bloodline, we were afraid to even toss him a scrap, for fear he would feel entitled to more. So we ignored him and hoped for the best -- after which he approached the next table. Just another reminder that we ARE still in Central America.
Local fisherman tries his luck
Shallow water, deep roots
After 5 days here, we pulled anchor as the wind turned and began blowing us dangerously close to the beach. Buddy boating with "The Norseman" as we lovingly call our new Danish friends A.J. and Philip aboard Blue Shift, we headed north through bad weather to our current location, Ambergris Caye.
It's even shallower here in Ambergris Caye. But more on that in my next post.
XOXOXO Liz and Chris