Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sailing South and Taking Pictures!

I finished working a fun, easy, five night charter on Monday - and, as usual, I'm pretty sure I took even more pictures than our guests did...

Have we talked about Blumps before? The stuffed, no armed, orange bodied, green haired, big nosed dude that I've had for as long as I can remember? Yeah... He came on charter with me this time and I slept like a champ. Coincidence?? 

Our first night's anchorage spot - Bannister Caye. This is one of the islands that cruise ship guests can visit while they're here for an excursion day... It's a lovely spot but there isn't much there and I heard that the bar is crazy expensive. 

Tobacco Caye - one of my favorite islands to visit. Maybe one day I'll get to spend a few nights in one of those over-the-water casitas!!

They're trying to protect the island from erosion (something everyone should be doing) by piling up all of the empty conch shells to use as a barrier.
Look at all those shells!!! 

    Rasta colored palm trees... I love it.

These people are serious about their private time...

A provision run to the closest town was necessary, so I hired Captain Doggy to take me over to Dangriga so I could get some shopping done -
Dangriga was where I always went when I needed to go to a post office or hit up an ATM or a decent grocery store when I lived in Alta Vista - and I haven't been there in close to three years now, so I was very happy to go.

From what I could tell, not much has changed. At all. 
(That's so different from Ambergris Caye, where change is constant) 

                 The market area

               Fresh fish for sale

Quick story about my new friend Tyree- I was in a grocery store looking for a few things when this kid approached me and said, "Excuse me, ma'am, you have a job for me?" 
People in Dangriga do this a lot - more than anywhere else in the country that I've noticed. They aren't looking for anything for free, they want to work. 

I told him I didn't really have anything for him to do, so he asked if he could push my cart for me for a dollar and I handed it over. He went aisle to aisle with me, helped me find everything I was looking for, and asked one of the employees where things were if we couldn't find them ourselves. 
He then took the bags from me and carried them over to Captain Doggy's boat and came with me to buy some veggies at the market, and helped locate a few other things I was looking for. Super helpful, super polite. I gave him $10bz for his time and he seemed VERY appreciative. 

Ok - back to pictures...

South Water Caye!

This was my first visit to South Water Caye and it is BEAUTIFUL. 15 acres and only two resorts - the Pelican Beach Resort and the Blue Marlin Lodge.

That's Carrie Bow Caye in the distance - the field station for the Smithsonian's Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program (CCRE)
I was too busy with work to pop over to Carrie Bow when the captain and guests went there to snorkel - but I did make time to check out South Water... 

Starting on the north end:

View from the Blue Marlin Lodge - looks like a great spot for cocktails and dinner with a sunset view

Or you can just chill and see what kinds of fish and crabs swim by - that's a barracuda down there

          I LOVE these "island igloos!"

Gorgeous property - with lots of deadly coconuts. (You know they kill more people than sharks do every year, yeah?)

The second largest barrier reef in the world - RIGHT THERE. (And a buttload of empty conch shells, too)

The south end, where the Pelican Beach Resort is, has one of THE nicest beaches that I've seen here in Belize. 

         There's Carrie Bow again

River rocks brought over from the mainland here instead of conch shells

Is this too ugly for you, or can you totally picture yourself spending ALL damn day right in these hammocks? 

 I served lunch and sangria right here. I think our guests were happy.

They had the whole beach to themselves. What a sweet vacation. 

The next day... Or maybe even the same day, they kind of all blur together, we did some more sailing along the reef, and I just can't ever get tired of all of these different shades of blue!!

The view from my "office," with English Caye in the distance

That day's appetizer (Spinach and Artichoke Dip in a Garlic Bread Bowl) was so good, it deserved a picture. 

If you want to have an incredible vacation like this - if you want to get married somewhere amazing - if you want to see a variety of islands in Belize in one vacation - you need to contact me so we can get you hooked up! 

I go out back tomorrow for 7 nights - so if you want to see all these pictures I take before I get around to blogging about them,  you should really FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Our Lovely Little Island Needs HELP.

Attention potential investors and future home owners of Ambergris Caye - here are some pictures of the San Mateo area that I'm sure your realtors won't be taking you to: 

Reminder - this is one of our NEIGHBORHOODS, not the dump

Hard working families, with CHILDREN, live in this area

I guess that as long as you don't see it while you're here, and as long as your gorgeous new condo isn't in the middle of it, it doesn't really matter, right? 

Come on, Belize, let's take care of the people who already live here before we continue catering to the people who come and go in a week. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A MONTH'S Worth of Pictures, Because I am a Damn Slacker.

Well, I guess since my last post was about Grand Caribe's newest development project, we'll start with pictures of all progress that's happened in such a short time.
And by "progress," I mean "land rape."

                    Uuugggghhh. We seriously DON'T need more of these hideous resorts.
WE NEED MORE LONG TERM RENTALS at affordable prices for all the people who live here, and all the people who WANT to live here. Just my two cents.

That was all mangroves, with lots of birds and iguanas living in them. Gone. 

Only a matter of time before they start filling in the lagoon even more, I think. 

Ok, we got the bad stuff out of the way - let's move on!

Work Stuff!

I start making my way to the marina on the 6am Coastal Express - gotta love the sunrise

  Busy day at Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley

           Hard at work right here.


Didn't see much rain on this charter in late March/early April - but had lots of mean clouds passing by

We had Remy Martin from Caye Caulker join us for one of the Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley days

 Another "action shot" at work, taken by one of our guests.

 One of MANY gorgeous sunsets 

The beginnings of a very tasty mushroom, bacon, spinach, and goat cheese pasta dish

A great afternoon (with a picnic lunch on the island for the guests) at the adorable Goff's Caye

    Flying home after charters, April 3

Going back to work - sunrise April 7 (my birthday!) 

   The best part about early mornings...

Passing by the enormous ships that will bring Belize's sugar to.... Somewhere. Europe, maybe? 

Pretty cool to watch the huge cranes reach down and grab the sugar right out of the barges and dump it on board. 

       The Kathy and the Island Woman - anyone know the significance of the names? :) 

                     Frigate action shot! 

The beginnings of my yummy Banana Citrus Fish Curry

        And... Another pretty sunset 

Animal stuff!
Because, you know, I love them... 


She finally figured out how to use her cat door, and now she LOVES it

       Look at that lil tongue!! Aaaah!! 

I had sweet Ginger for a couple of nights between charters

And got to see her when I went to pick up Cheech from Pampered Paws for one of our dates 

                  I love this man!!
He is STILL looking for a permanent home, or at least another nice foster home while we try to avoid having to bring him back to SAGA. 
Seriously, island people - he is a GREAT dog. 

We met three little kids in the park one day and he was a perfectly well behaved dude. (It was when the KIDS started getting riled up that I took him away from them - he does get easily excited sometimes) 

This isn't a great shot (he refuses to model for me) but notice his floppy ear...

           Isn't this awesome?!?!
This was painted by Cheech's foster dad's wife, Cheri - check out more of her "colorful pet portraits in the style of Mexico's Dia de los Muertos" and like her Facebook page - Cheri's Pup Art!
I'll have to ask her if she paints cats, too - I think Poquito needs to be represented.

              And... I saw LUNA!!!

Random Islandy Stuff

I set up my massage table right here behind SunDiver Beach Resort - it was NOT a relaxing massage. 

Mary, also known as Maduch, will tear your body apart and make you scream. That's what she did to me, anyway. 

Some beaches were "repaired," only to be destroyed again by high tide.

 An early morning breakfast at Estel's

     Easter weekend with DJ Zog

Some of my associates for the evening

Bad photo of my amazing birthday dinner at Aji - bacon wrapped grouper 

A golf cart day to the back beach - it's getting CRAZY BUSY back there, especially on weekends. Even a food truck goes back there - GREAT idea. 

Sargassum piled high on both sides of the road up north. (Stinky!)

Currently my favorite lunch -Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato Sammy from Blue Water Grill 

More Blue Water Grill food porn - sushi Thursday!

Aaaand... One of my common hang out spots.

What has everyone else been up to for the past month??