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Published: February 23rd 2014
After a stop at the lovely island of Roatan we continued inside the Barrier Reef up to Belize City.
Roatan was lush, green and not overcrowded. I had not realized that there would be that many hills, I had thought it would be flatter and drier, but it was really quite nice. The cruise ship had their own private cove that we backed into and it was surprising even as narrow and small as this little bay was that we managed to fit in there. We spent a very relaxing day just lounging at the beach, drinking beer and listening to a very good live entertainer playing great reggae and beach tunes. Jane and I couldn't really remember how long it has been since we really just vegged out at the beach.
Belize City was older and a little worse for the wear. It seems like all of these former Colonial Carribbean Countries have really let the infrastructure decline since they became independent. We took a very well done river tour up the Belize River and saw lots of wildlife. After the boat dropped us off 30 miles inland we took a bus another 20 miles to the Maya
Iguana relaxing in the tree.
Ruins of Al Tun. The road was really bad, but the guide was very entertaining and we had a great group of people that really seemed to enjoy the site. The native crafts were a good value from the little shops at our river lunch stop and outside the ruins so I think our tour did it's part for the local economy. Jane got some very nice handmade jewelry items which is her favorite thing to collect.
The cruise back to Houston was a little choppy, but really quite relaxing as we like sleeping with the motion of the ocean. I guess that is good as we are moving on to a new phase in our life journey. We are in the process of buying a 42' Bertram Motoryacht and will be living aboard on the Chesapeake Bay. I will try to post updates from our travels as we cruise around the Mid-Atlantic region. But first we must go up to Maryland to pick up the boat and get it ready for the boating season. It is currently in winter storage and there will be lots to do to get it ready to cruise.
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