We are home from Belize. We got home Saturday night and then hit the ground running. We had a great time, doing mostly diving, but we did some other fun things too. Yes, you are going to hear about all of our adventures, and you will see a lot of it in pictures too. 🙂 I love photography, and take a lot of pictures. On this trip I took around 500 pictures. I am still editing them and going through them all. I will NOT be sharing ALL of them with you. I think you would get bored if I shared them all with you. But I will give you a good idea of what we did and what life is like in Belize.
We left the cold and snow of Colorado and headed to the tropical island of San Pedro, Belize, just off the mainland of Belize. We stayed in Ambergris Caye. It is “winter” in Belize too, but their winters are comfortable shorts weather for us.
We left this,
for this (flying in to Belize City),
and returned once again to the land of the ice and snow.
In between the departure and return from the land of the ice and snow, however, was a lot of sunshine and warm water diving. 🙂 We had to take a small ferry from Belize City to Ambergris Caye, on the island of San Pedro. We stayed on the island the whole time until it was time to go home.
The seas were a bit rough which made for big waves getting to the dive sites, but once we got underwater, it was smooth. I am like my dad and have the salt water running through my veins (as well as chlorine) so rough seas do not bother me in the slightest. Larry, on the other hand, does not, and he didn’t handle them as well. Because of the rough seas, I did not get in as many dives as I was hoping, but I still got to do 10. Some would say this is still a lot, but for me, I am only getting started. it’s like a teaser. Larry only did 8, but then he doesn’t usually dive near as much as I do anyway. Anytime I am underwater, it’s all good. 🙂
Last time we went to Belize, 5 years ago, I was dubbed “the Shark Whisperer” by our boat captain, because sharks always come right up to me. They always do. They know I LOVE them and am not afraid of them. This time was no different. We saw so many sharks on every dive. We saw a lot of nurse sharks and black tip reef sharks. Nurse sharks are called “the puppies of the sea” because they are very friendly and act a lot like puppies do. We saw one small nurse shark that allowed me to pet her and then rolled over and wanted me to rub her tummy, just like Juneau and Vinnie do.
The highlight though was we got to see our first hammerhead shark. He was a scalloped hammerhead, about 8 feet long. It only took me 360 dives before seeing one, but now I can say I have, and I definitely want to see plenty more. 🙂 Unfortunately, I do not have any underwater pictures since our main underwater camera died when we were in Cozumel in September. These I edited from videos from our secondary camera. The hammerhead was pretty far away and the videos did not come our great, but at least you get the idea. Our dive master was super excited too. You could hear him yelling excitedly through this regulator.
This is how I spent most of my time and days while in Belize. This is the first of many of my Belizian series. I hope you enjoy the trip as well. 🙂