Week 24 – Staying at Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve

Cockscomb Jaguar Jaunt

So our little adventure into the Cockscomb Nature Preserve started with a long overdue culling of some undersea creatures clinging under our dinghy. We’ll just let the air and sunshine to the dirty work, shall we? Crazy wriggly stuff under there! That’s about six months of growth!
After a short bus ride and an expensive taxi ride into the park, Lindsay and I were glad that we brought all of our own food with us. We didn’t want to pay that taxi fare again until going home! Then after a warm welcome by Orlando The Park Ranger and a brief introduction to our humble accommodations, we went on a short hike to the nearest waterfall.
With a helpful sign…………
And we were immediately refreshed in the cool, clean NOT salty water.
It had been weeks since we had felt this relief, and only by means of air conditioned sleeping.
Elevation has its benefits, doesn’t it?
Like this appealing trail that just begs to be discovered all over again.
Which leads to fantastic views of the Maya Mountains!
This truck was used when the vast area, now protected, was used for harvesting the mahogany trees.
After hiking the trails early morning and even late at night in search of wildlife. Alas the jaguars and gibnuts eluded us. We took to enjoying the inner tubes while floating down the Stann Creek River. We even went twice in one day.
We met Cassie from London and she joined us in our tubing and dining adventures.
And then Cassie got her second wildlife wish as a flock of Tucans flew overhead and across the river in front of us all. I’d never seen them before. Kinda funny how hard and fast they must flap their wings, in order to remain aloft with that enormous beak!
Even though we didn’t see loads of creatures, we had fun trying. I figure that the preserve is so large, and the area in which humans can walk down the trails is so small in comparison, that the large creatures don’t necessarily need to be near the trails so they pretty much stay away. Just a guess though.
We made a new friend in Cassie, we felt relief from the Belizean coastline heat, and we got a little satisfaction by getting our picture taken while sitting on a jaguar statue.
And oh, by the way, I ate stewed Gibnut with rice and beans when I got back to Placencia. Yummy.

Week 23 Jimmy, Clovers, Steve and Dawn

Ending on a high note is key (cay).

It started innocently enough, with Dawn proclaiming that all she needed was more rum…..
 
Christine exclaiming that she needed all the water and that it’s too hot and to call her Chris.
 
And we were off to Laughing Bird Cay on our first full day together. Nice view, huh?

So Dawn was a good sport and used the melted ice out of the beer cooler to rinse her hair!
 
 
And then we forgot to take pictures during our fast, dark drive back to base, we were a bit busy saving a heart victim’s life. All of us helped a great deal, and our reward was that “those guys” decided against coming back out with us.

Heave Steve, let’s get outta here.
 
Shakin’ off the funk by doin’ the Trimmer! I’ve never seen that shade of sunburnt before.
 
 
Dinner at Polly’s was nice, we got to dress up a bit. What is that smell?
 
The beaches, sunsets and attitudes got better as the week progressed.
 
Jimmy and Klovers got some great scuba dives in. It fact we all were scuba divers this week, which was awesome. Jimmy was my hero when he dove for the mooring pin off Frank’s Cay. When we told Polly about it a couple of weeks later, she was very impressed he found it on his own. Lindsay and Klovers brought the mooring line back up after the dive. Way to go gang!
 
Apparently, this group loved their happy hour. Aren’t you guys ready for a shower yet, dinner’s almost ready!
 
Lindsay and I are so happy that you guys turned out to be our last charter with Tradewinds. We definitely ended on a high note. I’m glad the dog liked our leftover pork. Sorry you lost your undies, Jimmy! Peter made me pay for that bottle of rum, by the way! Hahaha!

Week 22 Jon, Janine, Steve and Kendall

This was a really fun and HOT week. We all spent lots of time in the water either under the boat…

Or snorkeling like John and Janine did. We also managed to take four different scuba dives!

We went looking for whale sharks with our friend Polly, “Y0 ho, blow the man down…”

Then drinking and being silly. What did you just do John?

Steve tried to convince me that the Hermit Crab mother ship was coming to take me captive and torture me for my underwater crab racing technique.
No tan lines on Kendall or Janine this week.
Lindsay on the other hand, needs her fair skin covered from the sun, so the suit stays on….sorry Tadd.
 
I’m not sure how Lindsay and I survived this week, but I’m glad we did. We look forward to spending time with John and Janine, and Steve and Kendall again. Sometime soon we hope!