While in Belize, we got to experience something totally new - we sailed on the Carribean Sea. It was exhilirating, breathtaking, and exciting! We spent 2 days on the boat and each one was incredibly enjoyable. On the first day, we sailed for 2 hours to the island of Caye Caulker (usually pronounced "key cocker"). This island is newly inhabited, and it was reminiscent of a deserted tropical island - no cars, no paved roads, and very few houses.
The sailboat that we were on was large, it slept 8 people. I was so impressed with this 18-year-old Belizean guy that went with us to assist in the sail. He knew those waters and that boat like the back of his hand. The water off the coast of Belize is crystal clear and full of underwater treasures. The Belize Barrier Reef is the 2nd largest coral reef in the world, and we sailed all around it.
The second day on the boat, we sailed out to the coral gardens (about an hour sail), and snorkeled among some of the most exquisite underwater sights and creatures. Again, this was a totally new experience for us, and we LOVED it! In the coral gardens, the coral is so large that it grows just inches below the waters surface. Brian even swam down about 15 feet to the ocean floor to retrieve a conch shell. Little did he know, it was the home of a hermit crab.
This picture holds a neat story. The man on the left is Ricardo. Ricardo is a 35-year-old Belizean man. When he was 21, he was attacked with a machete, and he became blind as a result of the attack. He has really been down on his luck lately. So, the Williams (our wonderful hosts) invited him to sail with us, as a small measure of encouragement.
On our way back to San Pedro from Caye Caulker, Brian decided to fish, and he caught a 4-foot long barracuda. It was HUGE! Unfortunately, he bit through the steel leader before Bri could get him in the boat. After that excitement, Ricardo wanted to try his hand at fishing, too. Unfortunately, they didn't catch anymore fish.