On to day two of our Belize adventure.
When we woke up and got ready to head to Nick and Kathleen's house, we saw that my bike seat had been stolen:
Then we headed over to Nick and Kathleen's condo. Here it is - isn't it nice? They stayed on the top floor and had a great view:
A side note - the east side of the island has nice, wide bike paths. The west side, not so much. The path was teeny and had jungle all around it, and our bikes didn't have hand brakes - they had the ones you have when you're little, where you pedal backwards to brake. So we're going on these windy, bumpy roads, getting hit in the face with palm fronds, and whenever Kathleen or I needed to brake, we'd instinctively squeeze our handlebars, realize too late that we don't have handle brakes and that we needed to lock our pedals backwards, and we'd scream and crash. This happened a few times. The men were way ahead of us. We were behind, just crashing and screaming. It was kind of funny. No major injuries occurred.
I took one pic of Ben and Nick on this dock, and then they asked me to take another with them sucking in their guts:
View of the ocean from the west side of Key Caulker:
There wasn't a ton to see, as far as marine life, in this area. The coral reef is about one mile to the east of Key Caulker, and that's where you get to see lots of bright coral and bright fish. But it was good for me to get more practice snorkeling. And we saw a few things. A few starfish. Ben saw a stingray. I think Nick saw a barracuda. Ben, with his underwater camera, picking up a starfish and looking at it:
I've discovered that I am in love with starfish. I want a pet one. I like holding them. And I like to feel their little suckers on my hands. And I love how they slowly bend around your hands. I just think they're so cool. So every time Ben found a starfish, he brought it to me and let me hold it. :)
Ben and Nick decided they wanted to snorkel kind of on the east side of the north half of the island, but Kathleen and I were a little snorkeled out and decided to just walk back to the little beach area and sit in the sand and chit-chat while we waited for the boys.
I'm glad we didn't snorkel with them over there, because they said the current was crazy strong, and that it was too silty to see much of anything.
However, Ben and Nick's little snorkeling foray ended up not being a total bust, because Ben made a very special friend. A little yellow fish. This fish decided that Ben was his mama, and he stayed close to Ben for like half a mile, swimming right around his face the whole time. We were wondering if it was because Ben was wearing a bright yellow swimming shirt (to keep from burning - it was the best thing we've ever done for Ben's fair skin). At any rate, I here's a cute little video of Ben's adopted fish son:
I'm not sure where we ate dinner, but afterwards, we went to Nick and Kathleen's to have virgin Pina Coladas. They were sooo good. And we got to watch the sun set:
Ohhhh I loved this book. It was intoxicating. I'd say it's in my top five books of all time that I've read. Seriously. I read it in, like, two days. Couldn't put it down.