Caye Caulker

Belize Electric sees a brighter future for the power grid on Ambergris Caye

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The Belize Electric crew.  Last Wednesday these guys turned around after a full day on the job and worked through the night to find out why the entire island had lost power.
The Belize Electric crew. Last Wednesday these guys turned around after a full day on the job and worked through the night to find out why the entire island had lost power. 

When you think of the electrical infrastructure that supplies Ambergris Caye with power, the mind travels back to Christmas.

Not last Christmas when the power went out for five hours.

Further back — let’s say 25 years ago because that is when the current power infrastructure for Ambergris Caye was designed –to a time when Dad was stringing lights on the tree and a single bulb went out. Well, it might have been a single bulb. You didn’t know because the entire string of lights went out.

This is Belize Electric Ltd. today. Read the rest of this entry »

Hanging out with the Liberace of Lobster on Caye Caulker, among other pursuits

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Main stage area at the Caye Caulker LobsterFest on a brilliant Sunday morning, July 3, 2016.
Main stage area at the Caye Caulker LobsterFest on a brilliant Sunday afternoon, July 3, 2016.

After an especially eventful week on Ambergris Caye, with the San Pedro LobsterFest, the weeklong feast of Saint Peter, a huge downtown fire, and a firetruck getting stuck in sand responding to another fire, what’s a bunch of blokes to do but grab a boat and cruise on over to the Caye Caulker LobsterFest on Sunday morning.

When you’ve got to get away, Caye Caulker is the place.

Yes, that does sound odd, when you live on a tropical island that thousands of people have marked on their calendars as their dream get-away spot. Even Paradise gets to be too much after a while.

So, Caye Caulker. A smaller, quieter, less-dirty version of Paradise. Read the rest of this entry »

Once more to Caye Caulker and a bunch of other stuff, like Reef Week

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Kids who live on Caye Caulker just always seem to be having a good time. Met up with this bunch on a visit to the island on Sunday.
Kids who live on Caye Caulker just always seem to be having a good time. Met up with this bunch on a visit to the island on Sunday.

As small an island as Caye Caulker is, there is always something — or someone — new to be discovered.

Like the kids in the picture above. I have never seen kids have more fun in four inches of water. I’d take a picture and then the kids would all run over to see themselves on the screen. Then I’d take another picture and they’d all run behind the camera to see themselves. Then I’d take another picture . . . . you get the idea.

We could have kept this up all day. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s to living a trashy life in San Pedro, Belize

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Our mighty Saturday morning crew from the Phoenix Resort, plus San Pedro Councilwoman Flora Ancona. The Angela Maya saying on the wall of the Blue Water grill is: "
Our mighty Saturday morning cleanup crew from the Phoenix Resort, plus San Pedro Councilwoman Flora Ancona. The Maya Angelou quote behind us on the wall of the Blue Water grill is: “Do the best you can until you know better. When you know better,  do better.”

There are so many great things to do here on Ambergris Caye and I don’t think picking up other people’s trash is high up on anyone’s list.

And yet, many of us do find ourselves doing exactly that from time to time.

I’ve written so often about the First Friday Tres Cocos Trash Pick-up group that you might think that’s all I do. Truth is, I am quite fond of this bunch. They are neighbors and friends and island visitors who willingly give up some time to make the first stretch north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge look nice, for a day or two.

It doesn’t last but we keep coming out swinging . . .  swinging out trash sticks and garbage bags. Read the rest of this entry »

More dancing in the breeze in Belize

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Recently, as I walked north along the eastern coast of Ambergris Caye, I encountered a lovely bit of eco-pagentry.  Colorful silken curtains on a beach pavilion were tossing and twisting in the wind, forming beguiling shapes for split seconds at a time. An endless permutation of form,  shape shifting on every fluttering gust of wind.

Walking back home, the palm trees swayed and sashayed in the breeze, the exotic choreography of a chorus-line of palm fronds, full of rustle and bustle.

On Caye Caulker, on Monday, it was a different sort of dance all together, albeit to the same music: a gentle moist breeze, seed pod dancers twisting and turning. The dancer mobiles were for sale at a little art shop on the main drag.

Spellbinding.

On Caye Caulker, “Go slow” is beginning to sound like a plea rather than a way of life

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Leaving San Pedro for Caye Caulker. I can't help it but there is an emotional tug every time I leave the shore of Ambergris Caye -- even if I am heading off on a fun adventure, like Monday's.
Leaving San Pedro for Caye Caulker. I can’t help it but there is an emotional tug every time I leave the shore of Ambergris Caye — even if I am heading off on a fun adventure, like Monday’s.  It is not just that I’m leaving home.

 

So Monday was a national holiday — Labor Day. Lots of our favorite places are closed for the day, and some, like The Truck Stop and Casa Picasso for the entire week. And there is family in town.

So, naturally that calls for a water taxi ride to Caye Caulker.

Shockingly, neither Rose nor I have been to that island since last year’s Lobster Festival. And “shockingly” doesn’t begin to sum up the changes that have taken place. The island mantra — Go slow — now feels more like an admonition. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. dental team marks 23rd year putting smiles on the faces of Belizeans

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The Lion's Club building has been a hive of activity these past two weeks as dentistry professionals have descended on Belize from the United States to volunteer their skills to the community. This is the 23rd year for Belize Mission Project, which started as an innocent fishing trip to San Pedro. Volunteers pay their own way, taking vacation time and puttng smiles on local faces while leaving very much changed themselves.
The Lion’s Club building has been a hive of activity these past two weeks as dentistry professionals have descended on Belize from the United States to volunteer their skills to the community. This is the 23rd year for Belize Mission Project, which started as an innocent fishing trip to San Pedro. Volunteers pay their own way, taking vacation time and puttng smiles on local faces while leaving very much changed themselves.

I can’t help but think that if the big-game hunting dentist Walter Palmer had met his colleague Frank Whipps years ago, Cecil the lion might be alive today, as well as a whole ark full of rare, endangered, docile and beautiful trophy creatures.

Dr. Whipps has that sort of positive influence on the dental community. He’s a guy who gives dentistry a good name, especially here in Belize.

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Rock, lobsta! A day on Caye Caulker is like no other day . . . anywhere

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Adam and Scott organize a full on jump from the dock where the C-Monkey is tied up. We had a ball jumping into the water with the local kids.
Adam and Scott organize a full on jump from the dock where the C-Monkey is tied up. We had a ball jumping into the water with the local kids.

Right around Lobsterfest time you wait, and wait, for the call.

“We’ve got a boat. Are you in?”

And you are happy. And of course you are in.

There is no better way to experience the Caye Caulker Lobsterfest than on a boat full of friends, on a Sunday, under clear blue skies.

No better way. Read the rest of this entry »

Flyboarding: He’s up, up, up . . . and down

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skyboard2aWe watched our first flyboarder on Friday, down by Central Park in San Pedro Town.

Pretty cool concept: Use the thrust of a jetski to force a powerful stream of water through a platform, sending the bootstrapped “pilot” soaring up into the air.

When you see the pros do it on YouTube videos it is extremely impressive. They soar to fearful heights, bob, weave, roll, loop and dive with a deceptive ease and grace. Read the rest of this entry »

Among a slew of perfect days in Belize, the most perfect of all

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Could there be a better way to spend a birthday?
Could there be a better way to spend a birthday than snorkeling the Belize barrier reef? That’s Rose, above. Ask her!

On Thursday everything in the universe was was aligned. It was a calendar palindrome 4-10-2014 (4102014). And apparently the sun, mars, the moon and the earth were all perfectly aligned on the same axis.

Powerful, inexplicable, mystical forces at work.

A good day to celebrate a birthday.

Oh, yeah: Mine! Read the rest of this entry »