|Brent and Wilma at Rumfish Restaurant in Placencia|
We left almost immediately for the outer reefs and the beautiful island of Ranguana. We enjoyed snorkeling, swimming and a romantic
|And Scott and Heather across from them|
|All for a celebratory meal together|
Unfortunately Wilma caught a cold on the plane trip down and although she didn't complain a bit, it slowed her down for a few days. We decided to return to Placencia not only to pick up some medicine but to arrange some diving for Brent and Scott.
They had 2 great days with Sea Horse Divers right at the main dock. There were two dives each day with lunch in between. And they were great, right on the reef. They saw turtles, sharks, rays, lots of fish and a variety of coral.
Brent particularly liked the fish cleaning area where the sharks and rays fed on the remains of the fisherman's catch. And the dives on the reef wall where the bottom was too far below to see. Wilma and I had fun too, shopping and a great lunch at De Thatch on the beach.
Our last day we booked a day with Eagle Ray Tours to the Jaguar preserve at Cockscomb Basin Reserve, about an hour north of Placencia. It was just us four and our guide. We left at 8:30 and hiked in the morning up a steep and strenuous trail to the top of a ridge. It was a tough climb and we were happy to rest on the occasional benches provided. It was supposed to only be an hour and end in a waterfall but we hiked more than an hour and a half and never saw the promised water let alone the fall. We hadn't planned such a long trip and didn't have much water. It was another hour and more before we got back to the park headquarters. They had packed a good lunch which we all appreciated and afterwards we got our reward with a few hours drifting down a lovely river on tubes - Yeh! Happily Brent had an underwater camera and took photos of this and his scuba trips with Scott.
On the way back we stopped at a Mayan village gift shop for while and then had an unscheduled stop on the side of the road with an empty radiator. Luckily we had some full water bottles. We did make it back to Placencia in time to clean up and change for a wonderful last meal at the Rumfish restaurant.
We were sorry to say good-bye to Brent and Wilma the next day. They were just getting their sea legs!
|The picnic tables on Ranguana with Scott Free in the back|
|Desiree's neice Natasha, our chef and boyfriend|
|The "restaurant" where we had a great dinner by moonlight|
|These benches were a godsend on the trail|
|This was the level bit - not long, then straight up|
|The trail at the top of the ridge before heading down|
|beautiful green lush foliage|
|Merrily, merrily, merrily..life is but a dream|
|and lots of fun|
|Brent's photos with his underwater camera - great|
|A curious french angel fish|
|Brent - underwater|
|There are a lot of deadly snakes in Belize. This was on the road|
|The view from De Thatch restaurant on the beach|