Joey and I are finally back from Belize and I am posting pics. We chose Belize because we found a secluded, little island we could stay at and it seemed like it'd be really peaceful and sunny. Below is the Mayan calendar at the Lamanai ruins! A great way to bring in the apocalypse year. Dun, dun, dun:
Right when we got to the ruins, it started raining like crazy. We were soaked! At least we got to see the ruins:
The following day, we went cavetubing through tons of caves. Not many good pictures inside the cave, unfortunately--it's pretty dark!
For the next adventure, we journeyed to go snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. We stopped by San Pedro Caye to get some gear:
Right before the trip, I happened to watch Crocodile Hunter, so I was a bit nervous about swimming with sharks and rays! But, as it turns out, it was the BEST snorkeling trip I have ever been on--and I've been snorkeling lots all over the place. Our guide was awesome as he took us around the sea for a couple of hours--definitely the longest I've been snorkeling. After a while, I got super used to being in the water and felt like I was a part of the sea as we swam over corals and fishes.
Our guide pointed toward the distance in the sea--we saw a large, dark figure of a shark swimming. By this time, I was so comfortable, that I wasn't scared at all. We swam over to the shark. Our guide flipped him over so we could pet the shark's stomach.
It was so, so awesome! After, we got back to our lovely island. There were only five houses on the island we were staying at. The staff also took us out on a sunset cruise with some white wine and snacks. I enjoyed eating lots of lobster there... and a new thing I discovered... conch ceviche! Yum.
Breakfast on our patio every morning, in front of the sea:
It was also one of the loveliest water for swimming--very calm. I would just float on my back most of the time. Lots of shallow areas I could take a walk on:
Cashew wine seems popular in Belize. Joe and I were excited to try... we had one glass and never touched it again. It tasted like... nutty syrup.
We came home with mosquito bites and tales of adventures.