Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A FUN Island Adventure, on a Monday

I've totally said it before - the BEST adventures are always the ones that are completely spontaneous and unplanned.

The only plans I did have for yesterday were just running boring errands in town - I  had to buy a few things and drop off a package at Maya Air, but I was up super early, so I took the 7:30am water taxi to town to get shit done so I could visit Cheech later in the afternoon.
I was finished at Maya by 8am and then I realized it was a bit too early to go to a few of the places I was planning on - the veggie stand where I pick up fonto wasn't open yet, so to kill some time, I went and had a little breakfast at Estel's

Always a good idea... But I wasn't even hungry. Only about half of this delicious food got eaten.

While I was sipping on my coffee and waiting for my food, I got a text from my friend Rene asking what I was doing all day and suggesting either a beach day back at the quiet side of the island or a pool day at Rojo Lounge. That plan soon turned into have a pool day at my house and possibly going for a little ride to break up the afternoon if we got bored.

I ate and paid my bill at Estel's, ran the rest of my errands, and then bumped into my friend Kirt at his new painting spot on Front Street and bought myself a a sweet piece of magnet art from him

                        cute!

Once Rene showed up for me, we rolled back to her place to get a few things, and then we made a stop to hang out with Cheech for a little while. He's dong SO well, by the way - but his foster home is about to be sold, so he's still in need of a permanent place to live... Please message me if you have room in your home and your heart for a super sweet doggy.

When we go to my house we decided to ditch the pool plan for a bit and, instead, just roll up some doobs and take a long ride north - which I've been wanting to do for soooo long! I've been as far as mile 15, just past Tranquility Bay by boat, but I've never been any further than mile 6ish or so by cart or bike, and I've been dying to see what was up there.

I was not disappointed at ALL - here's what we found...

At Costa Blu we found my friend Wayne, a sailing and snorkeling tour guide, working on a nice beach barbecue for his guests

Costa Blu at mile 7.2, North Ambergris Caye - an All Inclusive Beach Resort "Opening 2015"

We continued on the beach path and, somewhere between miles 8 and 9, on a deserted stretch, we came across this awesomeness:

There is, sadly, a LOT of garbage washed up on Belize's unkempt beaches - but this is totally random and cute, I like the Lost FlipFlop Trees!

You can see more shoes starting to get piled up. I think I need to bring a new line for the trees later this week... 

We spent a good half an hour or so at Lost 'Flops (I named it, just now) and then kept on trucking. The road is surprising once you pass behind MataChica at mile 5, in case you're wondering. I'll add a video of that hot mess at the end of this post)

I LOVE how raw the land still is up this far, between all the huge resorts and private homes, obviously 





The landscaping at The Blue Reef Resort looks lovely - still lots of trees around:


We planned on making our way all the way to Tranquility Bay, but we were sidetracked at mile 10 by a bartender working at Sapphire Beach Resort and lured in by the offer of free shots, which actually turned into a Horny Monkey and three free Belikins. 



Another one to add to my Signs in Belize post... or my MORE Signs in Belize post...

Raw beach road. LOVE

Randomness. 

ONE of the pools at Sapphire Beach, picture taken from the bar.

We had to start heading back after our drinks to beat the sunset back (again, check out the video of us romping through puddles filled with stinky sargassum that has been invading our beaches for months now behind Matachica - you don't want to be going through that shit in the dark, I tell you) 

Here's the last picture I took on our little island adventure - possibly my favorite finding of the day: 

Is this amazingly awesome, or what??? 

Here are links to the videos, since I can't I'm Ed them from my iPod. I can't even rename the second one, but that's the crap part of the road 

3 comments:

  1. Very cool ride! We used to ride our bikes up there occasionally. Got as far as Sapphire Beach once. Love your random finds. The flip-flop line reminds me of the "wall of lost soles" in Hopkins at the beach. Love!

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    1. Wall of Lost Souls - that's awesome! I never caught that in Hopkins..
      I want to ride my bike allllllll the way north, but too many people have told me not to pass Tranquility Bay by myself unless I'm prepared to get raped and murdered.

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