We are finally getting a taste of what "rainy season" here in Belize is really like.  Rainy season here officially spans the months from June through November.  We were here for a week in late August 2010, during which time we had only one brief rain, so we were a bit unimpressed with the so-called "rainy" season.  It had actually rained more in May 2010, when we were here for our 25th anniversary.  On May 20, San Pedro recorded 11" of rain.  Yes, you read that right, ELEVEN inches!  Pretty unprecedented, even for here.  Fortunately, with the sandy soil, it soon soaked in, but the darker "pool" in the grass at The Phoenix in the photos below was not actually a pool, just flooding from the incredibly heavy rain.
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New pool at The Phoenix!
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May 20, 2010. It rained and rained and rained. Buckets.
But that was an anomaly for May; or for anytime, really.  Even the locals were astonished by it.

Then this past July, we spent two weeks here, and although it rained a bit more, there were still days and days of end-to-end sunshine.  As there were when we first arrived here in August.  Not so now.  Today was what seems to be a more typical rainy-season day here in Belize.  It rained off and on most of the night.  We woke up to rain but were able to head out on our morning run once it tapered off.  After the run, it got very nice and sunny indeed; in fact, eventually there was not a cloud in the sky.

We got through our bike ride to town and shopping (today we only needed a handful of grocery items, plus some housewares, after yesterday's big marketing), and the ride home.  But at some point in the afternoon, the sky over the Caribbean Sea grew dark again, the wind kicked up, and before we new it, it was raining sideways again.  Here are a couple of photos of the fast-approaching storm before the rain began.
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Once the storm passed, it cleared up again; only to turn cloudy again in the late afternoon.  This time the rain stayed offshore; but who knows, it could rain again overnight.  In fact, I'll be very surprised if it doesn't.  

All this rain has really done a number on the packed sand roads north of town.  We have to dodge many puddles on our rides, and some are so large we have to ride through them, as they span the entire width of the road.  I miscalculated one this morning, got into a patch of sticky mud, and had to put a foot down, lest I fall over sideways.  So, I got a sneaker full of mud, but I had to laugh it off.  We were close to town at this point, and once we got to the beach road there, I simply walked into the Carribbean Sea and cleaned off my foot, ankle, and sneaker.  Ya just gotta roll with the punches during rainy season.  And wear shoes you don't mind muddying up!
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A puddle after the rains...this is not one of the biggest as we didn't have the camera with us today.

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