Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
We did a lot of walking in Hopkins, along the beach, through the town, and back along the beach. We had some great food, great drinks and made some wonderful friends.
This baby mockingbird didn't want to leave the tree, he was there for three days.
A beautiful blue bird.
Puppies of Phil and Rebecca
Daughter keeping puppies in line by using a pie pan
Again, the Riverside Hotel was recommended, so off we trudged again. It was still closed. We found a sign that said Bonefish Hotel and Restaurant so we headed onward. Once we got there, yes it was open and yes it was a hotel, however, the restaurant was no longer there, and the bar was closed as well.
We finally gave up and got a taxi to the Pelican Beach Resort. By this time it was dinner time and we had only had a smoothie and coffee. We were ready for dinner. Dinner was grilled chicken salad, followed by fruit salad, followed by vanilla icecream with chocolate drizzled over it. Couple of margueritas to round out the meal. Then we just sat back and relaxed. Took some pictures and listened to the thunder in the distance. The sky over us was clear and blue, but we could hear thunder. While we were sitting there, a small herd (six or seven) of horses wandered through along the beach.
Here are three of the horses as they wandered through.
We got our cab driver back and headed to the Jungle Hut. The lightning started and then we were just in our room when the rain came. It was a torrential downpour with lots of thunder and lightning. The graduation party was in full swing and very very noisy. Once the rain came in earnest, the pups were afraid and they were crying and yelping. We were just about asleep when there was a knock at our door. When I opened it, there was a young man in the storm wanting us to buy tickets for a barbeque that would not be held for another week. I was amazed that a child would come to the door in the middle of a storm in an out of the way hotel and climb to the third floor to ask for money.
The next morning we woke up early and went to check out breakfast. We got coffee and then realized there was no water. Then there was water, but it was only hot water, boiling hot water coming out of the cold water tap. We decided to just pack up and go square our bill. I took some pictures of Phil's daughter and the pups. Again there was no kitchen, only for family members, and it was recommended that the Riverside Hotel would be excellent for breakfast.
After breakfast we decided to check out the Immigration Office and of course, we started out in the wrong direction. We were both positive that we had seen it on the north side of town but of course, after wandering around lost, I asked directions and a nice young man told me it was three blocks south, just over the bridge. Well, it was six blocks to the bridge and then another seven blocks over the bridge, but we did find it. We spoke to the people in the office and they were very nice. We then headed to Val's Hostel had a cold drink and waited on the porch for Debbie,who was coming from Hopkins to pick us up. We were waiting a couple of hours early and Debbie showed up a couple of hours early so it worked out perfectly. Debbie and her partner are a couple of the most wonderful people we have met here in Belize. Down to earth and fun. We ran around with them while they did their errands, went back to the Pelican Beach Resort for lunch and then we picked up a friend (Pam from the Peace Corp) at the bus station and headed off to Hopkins.
Monday, June 2, 2008
We spent the night in the third floor bedroom, huddled together wondering if the roof was going to stay on or if the whole third floor was going to go. We did not get any sleep at all, most of the time we were too busy watching the lightning. What an awesome show we had. Sometimes the thunder and the lightning happened at the same time, it was so very close.
Below are some pictures of the aftermath of the Arthur in our yard and the street outside our yard.
Broken branches from the almond tree beside the steps
Flooded garden and yard
Walkway at the bottom of the stairs
The road heading towards the village