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Driving to Belize

Driving to Belize
Neri and Herme Chi in Moab, Utah, just before leaving for Belize

Have you ever considered driving to Belize? Last Thursday we packed up our new truck and trailer to make the 3000 mile drive to Belize. Every year since 1977 one of us has driven to Mexico (in the early years) or Belize (since 1986) with a whole bunch of water sport gear and other stuff we need down there. It takes about 8 days. My partner Cully used to do the drive, but after 20+ years he got pretty tired of it, so he taught Neri Chi to do it. Neri is our lead guide for our Belize Adventure Week trip.

It’s a big deal, it’s not just about driving a long way. The primary thing is you have to learn how to deal with the border, and it’s different every time. You have to create a relationship with a border agent. This person helps you get all of your stuff across Mexico with as little duty as is allowable. You have to know how to pack everything, how to declare everything, and of course, what the best way to go is. Neri has gotten so good at it that he has even done it alone. However, this year for the first time ever his wife Herme did the drive with him. They flew up to Moab about 2 weeks ago to visit two of our long-time guests, Dave and Marilyn Stolfa. The Stolfas wined and dined them, taking them to Salt Lake City, Canyonlands, and Arches. It was Herme’s first trip to the United States, first plane flight in her entire life, first time to drive across Mexico…. what a trip for her!

So they packed up the truck and trailer in my front yard, this year we sent down 3 new kayaks, 1 new windsurf board, a generator, a whole bunch of new games, books for the island library, kitchen stuff, kiteboard and windsurf gear, lifejackets, a new cooler, and a set of crutches for the island! (Kyle, one of our island managers, broke his foot on the island last year and we realized that was a good thing to have on hand.)

By now they are somewhere in the middle of Mexico, getting closer to the Belize border. Soon they’ll arrive and everything will get unloaded and sent out to the island!