"Blogging in Belize"
| Crew Member: ||Christina|
| Location:||Caye Caulker, Belize|
| Photo Album:||(2008-03-31) Belize|
Middle Street on Ambergris Caye
Northern tip of Caye Caulker
We really are transient
|Blog, bloggedy, blog, blog.
Okay, so we’ve made some modifications to the website in an attempt to make it a bit less cumbersome to get online and actually blog now and again. The biggest change to our whole set up is the addition of a new wifi antenna, mounted atop the bimini frame of our cockpit. Gadzooks! Sweet wireless connections now abound!! Knock wood, we’ve been able to pick up a signal from every populated anchorage since departing Isla Mujeres, Mexico. This should make it easier update the website without it looming like some horrible chore that needs doing.
Prior to life with the new antenna the only occasions we were able to access the internet were at pay-cafés or we'd discreetly linger a bit more time than was appropriate at a local pub or restaurant boasting “free” internet to paying customers. We managed some big-time coffee and beer nursing but typically all we had time for was answering email or chatting with the folks.
Onto to the topic of our travels.
We’ve been in Belize exactly 2 days. After leaving I. Mujeres we rented a car and tooled over to the gulf coast of theYucatan peninsula to visit with some dear friends of ours who were in Campeche on a fishing trip. I’m so glad we were able to make the trip work Jamie & Chandler! Campeche was a nice departure from the east coast and for some reason it was strangely comforting to do a bit of driving. What an absurdly American thing to miss. But you know, transportation (the type that moves at more than 5 mph) really does expand your horizons. And there’s something about watching the landscape pass around you, listening to tunes.
After our auto-excursion we had a quick sail out of Mexico. We spent our first night in Belize anchored between the 170 mile-long barrier reef and Ambergris Caye. The reef reduces the swell of the ocean, but not the wind. It was an evening of constant pitching (up and down), so we pulled up this afternoon and had a perfect sail to Caye Caulker. We’re now comfortably nestled in the lee of this little key. And, it’s Saturday night! Once the “eastern she devil” descends into the big drink I think we’ll wander ashore and grab a couple of rum & cokes (surprisingly, a cheaper alternative to our usual choice of cerveza).
Adios to all who take time from your day to see where we are and how we’re faring. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a more regularly updated mode of communication for us.