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So…2014 is Here

I am not sure about most people, but for me the New Year celebration thing is no big deal really. If you like to go out and party, well, I can’t argue it is a great time to do that. However, the resolution thing and starting anew. Not. If you know you need to change something or set a goal, pick today. Or at least start planning today and get it in place as soon as possible. No need to wait until a calendar date to make an improvement in your life.

Having said that, Karen and I did go out and have a swim in the Caribbean Sea and toast new beginnings New Years Eve, though we were in bed by 10:00.

Swimsuit optional
A toast to new beginnings after a dip in the sea.

New Years day was much like any other. Though I have to say it is wonderful to get up New Years Day with absolutely no semblance of a hang over. We wandered up the beach to the Palapa Bar and spent the day chatting with tourists here for the week and expats who are making their life here. A very nice day.

Fun in the sun.
A lovely walk up the beach to spend New Years Day at our favourite bar.
Time well spent.
Spent a good portion of the afternoon floating in the tubes enjoying the company. Thanks to Scott, of the Palapa Bar, for taking this photo of Karen and I.

Due to the rather chilly (23C) weather these days, instead of going diving to bring in the year we decided to go exploring on our bikes. Turned into more of an adventure than we planned. We had noticed while looking at Google Earth that there appeared to be some type of development a few kilometres north of us on the west side of the island. So off we set on our bikes.

Still smiling, as it was still the first half of the trip.
Looking north from the road that cuts east/west across the island.
23km bike trip to Grand Belizean Estates.
Looking south from the roadway that cuts across the island.

It was solidly overcast and rained lightly on us during the outbound trip, but nothing that would put off adventurous souls like ourselves. When we reached the point where we had to cut west across the island it was almost eery. You have to understand that Ambergris Caye is mainly a sandbar that runs more or less north/south with the vast majority of the development along the east shoreline and the main road (as nasty as it may be at times) running up the island immediately behind the developments. The west portion of the island is largely mangroves and water.

As we rode along the east/west road across the island I could not help but be amazed at the money that must have been spent to put it in place. The quality of the road was excellent by island standards though there were no signs of any utilities running along the road.

23km bike trip to Grand Belizean Estates.
Roads were well built with drainage ditches and there were even Stop signs to control traffic once we got to the development.

At one point Karen called out and pointed to a crocodile in the drainage ditch beside us. It was a good 8 feet long. I think we scared it more than it scared us as it disappeared in a hurry when we stopped. When we arrived at the development there were signs welcoming us to Grand Belizean Estates, , and reminders to get your building plans approved before you started construction. It is a massive development with something like 1200 planned lots spread over approximately 192 acres I believe. We saw three houses while we were there and did see people in one of them. We climbed up an observation tower to take a look around.

View from observation tower.
Looking east across the development.

From the tower we were able to see how close we were to the west shore so we headed over for lunch. On the west shore just west of the development there is a small house, two docks and a covered picnic area. All rather well maintained. We enjoyed a pleasant lunch of meat patties and beer under the cover on one of the docks. Unfortunately as we ate we were able to watch a nasty storm front move in from the north.

Covered picnic area.
Well maintained picnic area with tables and a water collection system to take advantage of the roof area.
The second dock is just in the background.
A very nice place to eat. In nicer weather the view and water would be spectacular.

Even though we waited nearly an hour for the storm front to clear, eventually we had to suck it up and head back in the rain. It certainly made for a quicker return trip with the rain pouring down. No need to worry about heat stroke on this day, I even contemplated putting a shirt on, but Karen ended up commandeering it to keep warm. In the end it was a good day. Wet and somewhat chilly when we returned we were none the less proud of our 23km adventure into the unknown.

If you would like to check out our trip via GPS and Google Earth just click on the link to my Suunto GPS data.

Have a great 2014 everyone.

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

2 comments on “So…2014 is Here

  1. Very interesting as always! Have you and Karen tried scuba diving into the Blue Hole yet! Just saw picture of it on the global news this morning. They had a segment from the “travel lady” about Ambergis Caye in Belize.

    • Yes, we managed to dive the Blue Hole the last time we were here.Great experience and just one of so many great dive sites to choose from here.We’re glad you are enjoying the blog.

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