NOTE: I've completed full posts on all our Belize adventures which you can access by choosing the newer and older post links at the bottom or by using the archive on the right. I decided to leave this 1 in for those who prefer a summary to the whole 9 yards.
I've caught up the blog through my time in Guatemala and most of my time in Belize before Mike flew down on August 4th. I'll complete full blog pages of our time together when I'm home and have easier access to internet, but I decided to pick out my favorite photos from each stop to give you a quick run down of our last 2 weeks.
Mike joined me midway through my 6 nights at Hickatee Cottages near Punta Gorda in the far south of Belize. The cottages and surrounding gardens are lovely and the customer service is stellar and includes tea or coffee delivered to your door each morning. There are miles of jungle trails - lots of critters and black howler monkeys.
Punta Gorda is an interesting little town with very few tourists and a local population mix that is mainly Garifuna and Maya. I selected 2 of my favorite town photos - the laundry place that washed my clothes and a colorful house advertising coffins for sale.
On Thursday I headed to Laughing Bird Caye and the reef beyond for a day of snorkeling and diving.
Mike spent the day fishing for bonefish and tarpon with a local guide.
On Sunday we went on a trip to Monkey River with a young man named Jason from that town and 2 people we met by chance in Placencia. He took us through the Placencia Lagoon to the town of Monkey River, then up the Monkey River where he proved his genius at spotting crocodiles, iguanas, and birds. We got out and hiked through watery jungle trails with black howlers roaring overhead, learning about the local flora and fauna and traditions. We stopped back in Monkey River Town for a traditional lunch at Alice's Restaurant and on the boat ride back to Placencia saw manatees in the lagoon - icing on the cake.
I spent nearly as much time in the water as out, snorkeling and diving; here are some of my favorite underwater photos, the 1st 3 from snorkeling, the rest from diving.
Always a happy surprise, juvenile yellowtail damselfish, like the sparks off a campfire against a night sky; the big 1 was about 2 inches, tail just starting to turn and the small 1 was about 1/2 inch long.
Green Moray Eel