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Having a magical moment while doing yoga at the end of a pier

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The palapa at the end of the pier, where yoga happens, at Ak'Bol Yoga Retreat and Eco-Resort, in north Ambergris Caye, Belize.
The palapa at the end of the pier, where yoga happens, at Ak’Bol Yoga Retreat and Eco-Resort, in north Ambergris Caye, Belize.


Happy International Yoga Day.

During yoga on this past rainy Sunday morning, under the palapa at Ak ‘Bol, my gaze was drawn to an osprey cruising the shore, then diving into the water for breakfast. I was in downward dog, so the whole scene unfolded with my head upside down.

Later, as my head rested on the floor, I looked through the planking with one eye into my own private aquarium.  Sargent fish and needle fish were swimming in and out of my view in the crystal clear green water.

Honestly, yoga just doesn’t get any better than that. Read the rest of this entry »

San Pedro Sunday morning: Covering ground for a good cause

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Some of the runners and walkers begin to mingle around the starting line for Sunday morning's Autism Awareness 5K in San Pedro, Belize.
Some of the runners and walkers begin to mingle around the starting line for Sunday morning’s Autism Awareness 5K in San Pedro, Belize. That is Miss Rose in a yellow top, already pumped from the 7K run she did earlier to warm up for the 5K walk with me.

This morning was the second annual Autism Awareness 5K Walk/Run in San Pedro.

Rose and I chose the walk option off the menu, out of deference for me being completely out of shape thanks to back-to-back surgeries in the past year or so. So Rose prepared for the 5K by rising early and running a 7K. I prepared by looking for my ancient running shoes, which I searched thoroughly for scorpions, lizards, spiders and other creatures who seek shelter in musty, dark places in the back of closets.

The good news is, I found none of the above.

But the shoes. Oh, the shoes! Read the rest of this entry »

Trashing Halloween in San Pedro is a barrel of laughs

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Sue, Rachel (aka Dorothy) Rose, Wayne and Linda strike a pose at the Holiday Hotel entrance after walking the Black Carpet. Let the party begin!
Sue, Rachel (aka Dorothy) Rose, Wayne and Linda strike a pose at the Holiday Hotel entrance after walking the Black Carpet. Let the party begin!

We totally trashed Halloween this year.

No, I didn’t say we got trashed. I said we trashed Halloween.

As in garbage.

It is a big topic on the island these days because it is a big problem. As one guy would say, “Trash is huuuge!” Read the rest of this entry »

Doing stuff we haven’t done before, Part 5: Poker run

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Ride, Sally, ride: Winner of the season's last poker run in San Pedro, Sally Backalukas flashes the cash and a wining smile at the finish, Pedro's Hotel.
Ride, Sally, ride: Winner of the season’s last poker run in San Pedro, Sally Backalukas, flashes the cash and a winning smile at the finish, Pedro’s Hotel on Saturday night.

“A poker run is an organized event where participants, usually using motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, horses, or other means of transportation must visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. The event has a time limit, however the participants are not timed—winning is purely a matter of chance.”

— Wikipedia

OK, that is basically it. We don’t use snowmobiles or horses on Ambergris Caye, but under “other,” you can add golf carts. Lots and lots of golf carts.

But more on that in a moment. Read the rest of this entry »

Time to put the ‘fest’ in LobsterFest!

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Central Park in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize was buzzing with activity at noon today as the park is readied for tonight's LobsterFest Festival.
Central Park in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize was buzzing with activity at noon today as the park is readied for tonight’s LobsterFest Festival.

As you can see, everyone is scrambling to set up their booths for tonight’s festival. Starting around 5 p.m. , the smell of lobster prepared in countless savory ways will be overwhelming.

Virtually every experienced LobsterFester has told us to show up early because the lines will quickly grow to crazy lengths.

So, now I wonder, if EVERYONE shows up early, to beat the lines …. Read the rest of this entry »