Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Grandchildren Visit in Belize

Group Portrait - Grammy & Grandpa with Maya, Daniel, Shira, Ariella "Cookie" and Jonathan "Uzi" 

For the first time our oldest son Joshua brought his family down for a visit on Scott Free. And it was wonderful. The weather cooperated, giving us sunny not too windy days and allowing us to take the family out on the boat to various Cayes on 3 days. We visited Colson Cay first for a great snorkel and swim with Josh, who had to leave us too early to get back to work. We had two more full days out to Pelican and Ranguana, both times coming back in the early evening. They all loved being on the boat and scrambled all over it. We hadn't realized that all the hatches were entrances and exits! The older 3 stayed on the boat some of the nights and the rest used the beautiful condo we rented at Sunset Pointe. Our 2 bedroom 2 bath huge apartment has big porches on both ends overlooking the lagoon and the harbor. Lots of local wood and Mexican tiles gave it a island feel. Happily the second bedroom contained beds for 5, in various levels. We also visited the beaches and walked the Placencia sidewalk with it's craftsmen and artists. It was Easter week so there were 3 times more people than usual - but that's just fun. But the highlight was our day out at Ranguana where a family of dolphins visited us for some time. Mom, Dan, Auntie (or Uncle) and Baby swam with our kids in the water. Amazing! We can hardly wait for another visit!!!
Under the same flowers with Michal this time.

Daniel at the wheel

Ariella and Maya relaxing in the cockpit

The kids loved the dinghy. Maya nicknamed it the "Yak"
Here Jonathan, Shira and Cookie

Joshua with Jonathan and Grandpa

Captain Cookie

All the kids loved scrambling around the deck, popping in
and out of the hatches.

Josh gets some late day sun rays as we head back to Placencia
at sunset.

"Uzi at the inside steering station
We played Mexican Train Dominos, Scrabble and
Backgammon on our passages between islands
Our second day cruising was north to the Pelican Cays to
visit our friends on Hideaway Cay. Kim prepared a delicious
fish lunch
Everyone gathers around the kids table and the Easter
decorations. It was Easter weekend. The kids brought fun
presents for little 3 year old Ama who lives on the Caye
Kim, Ama and Dustin with two of Ama's favorite presents
We walked the sidewalk in Placencia and
admired the craftsmen working there.
Cookie, Michal and Jonathan enjoy the beach
Placencia Beach
Daniel, Cookie and Michal 
Breakfast in the cockpit - Daniel, Cookie and Maya stayed
some nights on the boat
Shira watches the dolphins play on the bow
We had several dolphin encounters - here while underway
and earlier the kids swam with them in the water.
Three adult dolphins and one baby.
Heading into Placencia harbor after a day out on the water
Everyone took turns steering the boat, both Scott Free and
our dinghy, "Yak"
Maya looks like a mermaid figurehead here!
Our beautiful youngest granddaughter Shira
Maya buried Shira in the sand - totally (well almost)
Grammy with Shira
Shira took her turn at the wheel

No comments: