|Some of the Grand Caribe Pool Bar Guys|
"Another damn picture for the tourists???"
Lesson #1: I should figure out the amount of tip I want to leave in both currencies (just in case get surprised in the change department) before I consume the drink(s).
In case you missed it, there were drinks. I went back to the pool bar for afternoon happy hour - because, why not? I am on vacation on an island and drinks are half price in the hot afternoon sun by the pool. I had intended to have just one LI because I did not want to feel like I had after two earlier in the week. I do want to enjoy my evenings. Well, there were a couple of young girls at the bar waiting for their husband/boyfriend to return from a fishing charter. We started talking and somehow they convinced me that I should try a panty ripper, because, as they explained, we were in swimsuits so there were no panties to rip, so all was safe. I had just about finished my LI and happy hour would be over in 4 minutes, so I had to decide quick. With a little encouragement from the pool bar boys, I added a happy hour panty ripper to my tab. Even tho there were no panties to rip, I felt those two drinks well into the night.
Lesson #2: Just because the second drink is not a LI....you know the rest.
|This is the drink that started it...|
|This pretty lil thing can be quite dangerous.|
By the way, I had a (one) Belikin with my pool bar lunch today. It is almost 9:00 PM and I am still awake and feeling good enough to walk out to the dock to look for sting rays and barracudas. Which brings me to...
Lesson #3: It may be terribly buggy out at night, but nighttime is fun time and I should have been covering myself in bug spray, taking a couple of preventative benadryl, and walking out toward the dock in the late evenings to see what is happening out there. (Update: Not a lot going on. I was the only human out there. I did see a few stingrays jumping around and a barracuda that I hope was sleeping, because, otherwise......)
But let's back up a few hours. I was determined to visit Caye Caulker this trip. Since today was my last full day here, it was now or not till next year. So, I took the early morning Coastal Express to town and the Belize Water Taxi to Caye Caulker.The taxi goes to Caye Caulker and then on to Belize City. At the Caye Caulker dock, no one was getting up to get off; so I assumed everyone was waiting for the crew to tell us when to disembark. And then the taxi started pulling away from the dock. Ooops, I assumed wrong. I jumped up and made it known that I had missed my stop. How embarrassing. They crew mates were kind, redocked, and helped me ashore.
|View of Caye Caulker from the |
Belize Water Taxi Dock
|And from the other side of the dock...|
And then I walked onto Caye Caulker and realized why no one else got off. It was too damn early in the morning for anything to be happening on that island. I had hoped to have an early lunch at Lazy Lizards, but there was just not enough happening in the town to keep me there for two hours. So I did some quick math and figured that the next scheduled ferry back to San Pedro could not possibly be the same ferry (crew) that got me here. I could cut this trip short and save myself having to face that same crew again today. And so I did. The ferry from Caye Caulker to San Pedro was packed - and everyone disembarked at San Pedro - including yours truly.
Lesson #4: I should attempt to understand water taxi protocol and island time before I make plans that include each.
|Early morning at the Lazy Lizard|
And finally, I have tried all week to take a beach selfie - just in case someone back in Ohio wants proof that I really was in Belize the last 10 days. I am not photogenic. I am happy to be here, really - despite what my face is saying in these pics. Believe me, these are the best of them..
|Happy to be in Belize!|
|Focus on the sunrise...|
I've learned my lessons.
Disclaimer: I started writing this last night, but am finishing now as I am drinking my coffee on the porch, enjoying the morning sky through a light rain...
Much love, from Belize....