Day 122 - Up early on Ambergris Caye and then caught a water taxi over to the nerarby island of Caye Caulker where our sailing trip departed from. Arrived there and got a samll motorized dinghy out to the sail boat which was anchored at sea. Mum found it a little dodgy but it was fine! Then off we went on our Caribbean sailing trip. The sea was amazing, really clam and clear blue and turqoise colours. We stopped next to the reef just before lunch for an hours snorkelling which was great then back onto the boat for a hearty lunch of chicken rice and beans!! The sailed all afternoon and eventually reached our overnight detsination of Rendezvous Caye. It was a 100m tiny uninhabited island in the caribbean. I attempted to ask where the toilet was to be designatedf and the captain replied, “wherever you want to go!”. I was more concerned for Mum than myslef however everyone managed fine. Then we set up our tents on the beach while the crew prepared dinner! Despite a few dodgy pieces of tent apparatus we all got sorted in the end and then everyone saytt round the fire and tucked into some lethal rum punch while waiting for dinner. Dinner then arrived off the boat which was fresh barracuda caught that day from the boat, with rice, which was good. Everyone then drank and drinking games before bed. The night was cut short by rain as everyone had to run to put the waterproof layer on their tents!
Day 123 - Up at 6.30am with the sun beaming down on the tents! Into the sea for wash and then onto the boat for breakfast of scrambled eggs and fruit. Some were feeling a little worse for wear from the rum punch the night before!! Set sail and off we went and again stopped off for snorkelling along the reef then lunch of sandwiches. Arrived to our second nights islkand stop of Tobacco Caye mid afternnon which is an inhabited island but still very small. Mum and Dad felt like a little luxury and got a sea front little cabana with a balcony over the water and Catherine and I bagfged a place on the floor. We all had a swim round the island and saw huge sting rays munching on lobster carcasses!! Then a few beers in the bar before dinner. Dinner was shrimp, rice and barracuda and was awesome.
Day 124 - Final day of the sailing trip and a delayed deaparture. The captain and the crew were proper sailors and used the sails nearly all the time. However, there was a tropical storm closing in today and they wanted to make sure they had the motor as backup….they did not!! It was in tru Belizean style, broken. They had a to wait for a part to come from another island but nothing worked and we set off just with sails! Progress was slow as the wind was not helping us that much! Eventually Dice had to get behind the boat and push it along with the motorized dinghy to speed us up. We got to Placenica t 5pm just as a hug rainsotrm closed in however, it took a while to clsoe in on the pier without a motor and we had to be toed in with a rope by a speedbpat in the end! The trip was a once in lifetime thing though and we had great fun! Went straight for some food as we were all pretty hungry and had a good shrimp dinner and then onto ou hotel called Laru beya which was ten minutes outside the town. We had an awesome two bedroom apartment with a kitchen and stitting room, and a blacony next to the pool.
Day 125 - Catherine and I got up early to go into town to get some shopping for lunch and breakfast and got back and them woke Mum and Dad up! Spent the morning by the pool then lunch in the aprtment then a relaxed afternoon by the pool swimming and reading! In the evening we headed into town a little early and Mum and Catherine went round some shops while Jase and I had a few beers. Then we all met up and went for dinner at a beachside place called Da Thatch! Then back to the hotel for the evening.
Day 126 - Last full day in Placencia and had breakfast and then bit of time by the pool although the weather dropped off a bit today. Mum and Dad spent the afternoon in Placencia shopping and freqeunting a few watering holes!! Then in the eveing we went to a very nice hotel called Turtle Inn. The place is owned by francis Ford Coppola of Godfather directing fame and he has a family home there at the hotel which costs a mere $2000US per night! We chose to only go for dinner. The food was very very good and then back to the hotel and played cards
Day 127 - Got packed up in the morning and then got a minibus transfer over to Mayflower National Park, which was about an hour away. It is the place where we did our Trekforce conservation all that time ago!! We were booked to stay at a nice jungle eco lodge in the park called Mama Noots. We checked in and were the only guests in the whole place and had a nice lunch straight away. Then got walking gear on and set off up to Bocawina Falls where we did some work with Trekforce. Unfortunately most of it had been washed away by severe weather in the time between our visits! Had a nice swim in the waterfall and then walked back to the lodge for late afternoon. Got showered and then had dinner and then there is not a great deal else to do in the evening in the jungle so we played cards!
Day 128 - Got up and had a chilled morning, had breakfast then had a little read then an early lunch. Got ready for walking again and this time went to the other side of the park to Antelope Falls which is a very high waterfall with great views from the bottom upwards. The waterfall was in full flow because there had been alot of rain in the park recently. Then back to the lodge for shower and dinner.
Day 129 - This is where the fun began…………..up at 6.30am to have breakfast and then get our transfer out to the local aiport to fly back to Belize City for Mum and Dad´s flight home. However, the road out of the jungle to the highway which is five miles long was completely flooded by 3 feet of water near the highway. The rest of the road was clear but the last half a kilometer or so was impassable even by a high clearance jeep! Oh dear….Mum and Dad realised we were stuck and the rain carried on, it really rained hard in the night. They managed to get the owner of the lodge to ring a contact at the Belize toruism board and get them to rearrange their flight for no extra charge, so it was put forward a day. But there was no saying we were going to get out for that anyway. eventually, after lunch, we set off in the jeep with all of us, the owner, her daughter and boyfriend and another friend. Everyone came in case we needed to push. First 4 miles were fine, bit of water but not much, then we came to the flood where the river is supposed to cross under the road. It crossed, very much, over the road. We checked out it and walked into it and it had dropped to knee height which was ok for walking through. Wer all got loaded up with bags and off we went wading through the floods! All got safely across, bit of a slog because it was tiring on the legs especially carrying big bags. Had a taxi waiting for us but then there were more floods on the highway and we began to see the extent of the damage with houses flooded and cars submerged and water flowing across the highway. Luckily the driver got us through and we got to the airport there minutes after our flight was meant to take off but still managed to just get on it! It was an eight seater plane and Jase went in the co-pilots seat it was that small. Flew to Flew to Belize City, still soaking wet from the floods, then went straight to a bed and breakfast and got showere. Out for the last supper with Mum and Dad in the evening and had a nice Indian meal then off to bed!
Day 130 - Mum and Dad went off to the airport in the morning for their flight and we went in the taxi with them and said goodbye. Then, luckily the day before we had arranged with the taxi driver that we would come to the Mexican border with him where he goes to buy cheaper fule, and we would give him some fuel money. So he drove to the Mexican border and we got a lift and he then dropped us off in Chetumal, the first town across the border from Belize. It was a good way to do it rather than a hot bus, which would have taken alot longer. Went to the bus terminal and found out we needed an overnight bus to San Cristobal De La Cases at 9pm. Had lunch and then went to a shopping mall and watched a flim at the cinema to pass the time. Then got out overnight bus in the evening!