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This is Belize: There’s just no bad day aboard the No Rush

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Yo, ho, ho! A pirate’s life for me! And my friends. On board the No Rush on Saturday morning, Aug. 26, 2017, headed for the barrier reef and a day of snorkeling, hanging out and saying things like, “This life does not suck.” San Pedro is in the background. (Photo by Gerry Neumann, who dropped alongside us on his Hobie cat as we were under way.)

We spent all day Saturday playing “tourist” on a boat, a local favorite called the “No Rush.”

It is an older catamaran that holds about 24 people, plus crew. It is the crew that makes it a favorite, they are long-time friends to many aboard. That, and the fact that the No Rush lives up to its name. This catamaran raises sails when ever it can. Most of the newer and larger touring cats tend to motor out to the reef and back. When you sign on to No Rush you have to plan on letting the rest of life rush past you and put your faith in the winds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday was a day of firsts for us on Ambergris Caye

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The Coco Loco's gang eagerly waits on the dock at The Cloisters (our home) for the arrival of the C-Monkey, which is seen at the far right of this photo.
The Coco Loco’s gang eagerly waits on the dock at The Cloisters (our home) for the arrival of the C-Monkey, which is seen at the far right of this photo. Through the magic of iPod panoramic photography, the boat on the right is really arriving on the far left but … well … don’t think about it.

Don’t you just love this question: When is the last time you did something for the first time?

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If Belize were a fantasy video game . . . .

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… once you arrived at this Magic Portal you would have to cross the short but treacherous waters to reach the entryway. They are infested with strange and vile creatures which grab your ankles and pull you under, unless you have the Magic Cube from Level 3 which will freeze the water for 60-seconds  ….

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…but even so, did you pick up the Magic Key in Level 2? The one guarded by the troll-like creature with massive arms and a host of weapons? Or did you simply skulk around him? Sorry. You must fight your way back for the key…

Gosh, I love this little dock in the Boca del Rio section of San Pedro Town. The design, the framing, the waters beyond — they beckon you to explore further. They just draw you into the little scene and inflame the imagination.

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