Literally the whole month of September is taken up with some kind of celebration of sorts , they put out an activity list for each district and next to each activity it says FREE …this in not entirely true , as we all know in life there is a price or penalty to pay , in Belize’s case the price is always a HUGE Hangover as these guys know how to party and it gets started usually aroun11am and goes on until 3 or 4am. I see posting on local forums of what to do and how to stop noisy neighbours wheeling there 7 foot high speakers out on to the porch and blasting music to there sometimes appreciative neighbourhood , in short this is how people party here GET USED TO IT 🙂 ….. We got chance to ride in the Carnival Parade with the Corozal Bay Sailing Club a nifty Jeep wrangler towing a trailer with two sail boats used to teach local kids how to sail on the bay. Our neighbours who invited us supplied huge bags of sweets to throw to the crowds of thousands upon thousands lining the streets. The weather looked ominous the clouds dark and heavy ,this must have scared the local gringo population away as the number of white faces in the crowd was pitiful, but luck was on our side and the rain held off ..it was a GREAT DAY 🙂 .
The following Saturday we went to the Independence Celebrations the whole of the seafront in Corozal Town ( known as Miami Beach ) bustling with families and local food stalls set up selling all kinds of great value lunch time snacks . A marquee tent erected with Punta Rock blasting out a free dance party (locally known as a “Jump Up”) gyrating it’s increasing rhythm way into the small hours.
Due to the amount of mosquito’s last year in the rainy season ,i went online and searched for something to protect me from the hundred bites or so i would get when cutting the grass .I managed to source a bug shirt http://www.bugshirt.com/ it’s super lightweight has lots of ventilation and does exactly what it claims i can cut the grass and garden no problem ,not a single bite thus hugely eliminating the threat of Malaria and Dengue Fever , if not minding looking a little ridiculous ,but i was spurred on my my neighbours yard man who saw me and said ..I would wear one if i could get one ..i was lucky that my neighbour brought it down for me on his last trip just before the heavy rains fell .
It was time to take my truck in for it’s annual road worthy test unlike last year ,things had moved on no longer did the guy just say is everything ok with the truck but they actually started checking all the items on the list as i found out when i took Bertlams car to be tested , everything was going fine until he said HORN i pushed it and it didn’t work , i smiled at him and to my shock he said GO GET IT FIXED… in Belize this was a shocker if you saw what vehicles they let on the road ..so we got it fixed and passed. This time i was ready so i checked all my lights etc and found the parking light was out , so i went to the auto parts place and he produced a blue light and said thats all we have .. i laughed but took it any JUST in case and went to another auto parts shop …this time they produced an orange one .. i kinda got the message if i kept on going i’d have rainbow of colours but of course not a white bulb , the truck passed and we got our sticker LEGAL for another year 🙂
I met our friends MT ,Wood Nymph and Man Mountain at Bird island for a spot of fishing , they arrived an hour late , we fished for a while the girls got bored and went home Dave -1 catfish …… Man Mountain 0 i’ll keep you posted as the year goes on. I set the shot up below and said this is going to be a great photo just let me set the timer so i can get in it… Nymph said if it’s really good then may be you should stay out of it …so i did 🙂
Our neighbour flipped his Hobie Cat in a vicious storm and it floated off, so the next day we arranged to go looking for it in a another neighbours boat after 2 hours of grunting and shoving we got the boat in the water to find out the a rat had chewed through the ignition wires (ONLY IN BELIZE) so i went around to see JMan who let us use his Zodiac Dingy with a 6 horse power motor to go cruise the bay and surrounding mangroves to look for it … we were all day looking to no avail then the next a phone call from Sarteneja 18 miles away to say it had been found …. The owner of the Sea Breeze Hotel came to the dockas we took the thunder bolt and gave us his phone “Just In Case” and we got to Sarteneja to find the Hobie Cat chained to a tree …. i went to the police station to find it empty but after a few hollers got a reply ..Hello i’m in here …. it turned out to be someone locked in the cells over night trying to convince me there had been a misunderstanding …… YEAH RIGHT ….. we left and waited for the single policeman to return ….luckily i saw a guy i had met properly the week before who was sailing sound south and he had found some rigging off the boat which would have been up SHITE creek without it.. so luck was on our side and we rigged the sails on the Hobie Cat and completed the 18 miles in just under 2 hours .
Our Friend Rodi a.ka. Peace Belize is currently driving from Alaska to Belize in a 1959 ford pick up truck called Jeremiah with a small boat on the roof she is currently in Mexico after her trip was delayed due to heavy rain storms which moved up from Belize …. we expect sometime in the next couple of days and wish her safe travels along the notorious Mexican Highways……