|Our friend Emma usually has Adventure Mondays on her day off, but she took a Sunday off and we went sailing - woohoo! |
Coming up to dock here is the Brujula (spanish for compass), the sailboat of Brujula Sailing Trips & Transport, which is our
favorite way to go out to the cayes.
|Also on the trip was our friend Shelly, a teacher, with her apple. Eric asked her if she has been given apples before, and she |
said she had, but not here in Belize. Here they give her things like mangoes and pineapples, which is even better.
|Simonetta, ready for a day on the water|
|Emma found a nice shady spot to take a short nap.|
|Eric is sitting here, but he also enjoyed a nap shortly after this photo.|
|We sailed when we had wind, and motored when we did not. Emma got to steer for a while.|
|At one point Shelly had to "use the facilities", so she jumped in the water and got trailed |
behind the sailboat. Then it felt too good to get out, so she trailed there for a while. (It was at
this point Cara took this picture, lol.)
|Getting closer to the cayes...we were headed to the one on the left.|
|As soon as we got to the island Shelly jumped in again to cool off. All the ladies followed shortly thereafter.|
|The water was warm and buoyant, and if you closed your eyes and let the water fill your ears (drowning out the sounds from |
above), it was almost like being in a sensory deprivation tank.
|Cara tried teaching some synchronized swimming moves.|
|In the end we opted for a stereotypical pose, though apparently we didn't coordinate very well. At least we had fun and |
laughed a lot!
|Then we went off to meet Piggy, the pig that lives on the island, under the house here. Of course!|
|After a bit Piggy decided to go for a swim.|
|So, of course, Emma wanted to join Piggy.|
|They swam, and Emma took selfies with Piggy.|
|Why not?! It's a first! When else is she going to go swimming in the Caribbean Sea with a pig?|
|Piggy and Emma (Thanks, Emma for letting me use some of your photos.)|
|Then Piggy went under the boardwalk for some shade.|
|We returned to the main palapa to relax in the shade and have lunch.|
|Papaya has got to be one of the prettiest fruits when you cut it open! Delicious too, and the pineapples are so sweet here. :)|
|People had brought various things to eat, and what a smorgasbord we had! Simonetta somehow|
had time to make several different dishes. We need to bring her along more often - so glad she
is here permanently now! ;)
|Emma and Simonetta dancing on the boat to the nice music the island caretakers (Stephan and Verena) were playing.|
|Shelly washed the dishes after lunch - thanks, Shelly!|
|The bar table and bench is new, and it's a great addition.|
|A bar decoration - too cute! We see something new each time.|
|We learned all the "fencing" around the island is because it was once (since failed) a conch farm.|
|Gardening is good - we are trying our hand at it ourselves.|
|Love the Belizean caution marker! (The main palapa, which sits entirely over water, isn't exactly level, so there is always |
work to be done on it.)
|The ladies looked at the pool table, in the palapa, over the Caribbean Sea, and it was just crying to be played, so we decided |
to give it a go. Another first for all of us!
|Of course, the palapa isn't level, and the pool table was crudely leveled, and none of the pool cues |
had tips, so it was an interesting game, for sure!
|Balls didn't always roll the way you expected them to, and you had hazards to deal with like|
torn fabric. It was hilarious!
|After a lovely day on the water, it was time to head home.|
|On the way back Shelly flew a little kite that a friend's child had left the night before.|
|Yet another first - flying a kite on a sailboat!|
|Emma found another nice place to nap - at the bow of the boat, on the cushy bagged up front sail.|
(Brian had the blooper out instead.)
|After a quick cleanup we went with Simonetta for dinner at Frog's Point restaurant. This was Cara's vegetable curry.|
|Eric and Simonetta both had the special Schnitzel dinner and loved it.|