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On my way to Belize

I left Moab at 6:30 am this morning and drove to Grand Junction, Colorado. “Junction” is the big city to us. Moabites go there to see doctors and buy stuff. Today I finalized our color Belize brochure for printing. (It is already available to download from our home page.) When I return from Belize a week from today, I get to pick up a few boxes of them on my way home. We won’t do the big mailing until September, when everyone really starts thinking about their winter vacation.

I’ve never been to Belize in July. Years ago I went in August. This was when Cully and I flew down to look at Northeast Caye at Glover’s Reef to see if we wanted to rent it. It was something like 1992; I was around 36, which would make him 41 at the time. We stayed with the Lomonts at their resort on Long Caye (the island we now own) and they took us over to NE Caye to look at it. It was abandoned… it had just four semi-run-down buildings which we later fixed up. We took one look at it and said ‘we’ll take it.’ It was a huge change, from camping for free on islands on the southern Barrier Reef (Laughing Bird Caye, Silk Cayes, Pumpkin Caye and Ranguana Caye) to paying $5000/month. But it was our OWN ISLAND. What an amazing thing… we never regretted it.

I remember sitting on the porch of what is now our #11, watching a humongous thunderstorm over Honduras. The mountains there are very high, and my memory is we could see their silhouette in the lightning flashes. I wonder if we really could? I’ll have to ask Cully if he remembers that too.

So I am curious to see Belize in July. The forecast is Scattered T-Storms, Scattered T-Storms, Scattered T-Storms. Maybe I’d better go shop some more and find a good travel umbrella.

The reason I am going at this peculiar time of year is to take a travel agent tour. The Belize Tourist Board is hosting a ‘Fam’ tour for ‘Priority Wholesalers’, and oddly enough, they targeted me as one. In 5 days 12 of us are going to tour 28 hotels! We will stay each night in a different part of Belize: San Ignacio, then Mountain Pine Ridge, Placencia, Hopkins, and finally Ambergris Caye. Along the way we will supposedly also have time to also tour Cahal Pech Mayan ruin and go snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley off Ambergris. I hope we survive it.

I am really looking forward to meeting the other travel professionals on the tour. When you live in Moab but run a business in Belize, you don’t get to talk shop with anyone, ever.

I’ve learned one thing already and I am not even to Belize yet. When you have been avoiding getting a smart phone and you finally decide to make that leap, from simple texting and talking and saving contacts to typing on a virtual pad and accidentally putting your phone in airplane mode and downloading apps and syncing your email… DON’T do it the day before you leave for a big trip when you are dependent on the phone. The learning curve is astronomical! I have been stopping at every Verizon store I see to corner unsuspecting clerks. Once I get to Belize there’s no Verizon store, so I guess I’ll have to break down and open the book that comes with it.

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