Around 9:15 this morning, I was in my bike shorts and just about to head out on our usual Sunday morning bike ride to the north, when Mike stopped by to see if we wanted to go out on his boat again to Caye Caulker at 10:00.  At first I regretfully declined the invitation because I was supposed to meet Barry for the second loop of his long ride, and he was not back yet. (Normally he does the first 12 miles on his own while I'm eating breakfast and drinking coffee, then I join him for the second 12 mile loop).  Mike went on his way, and just a few minutes later, Barry got back.  Normally we would have just head out to ride from here, but as if by magic, Mike happened to be walking by again, so I told Barry about his invitation.  Only pausing to consider it for a few seconds, Barry said that we should definitely go to Caye Caulker, as we could ride our bikes any day.  

I couldn't argue with his perfect logic, and as I've said before, I HEART CAYE CAULKER, so I quickly changed out of my bike clothes and got ready for another boat ride.  Barry had to eat a bowl of oatmeal and drink his tea quickly as he had only had a quick snack before the ride, but we were ready to go at 10:00.  On the dock, we met another Grand Caribe owner couple who would also be joining Mike and Myra, Warren and Donna from Canada.  I bet they were happy to be here instead of there on such a gorgeous, warm day!

We had an absolutely beautiful day for a boat ride, with sunny skies turning the sea bright turquoise, and just the right amount of breeze.  I guess Mike and Myra must be a good luck charm for us as I've mentioned that we normally have overcast or rainy weather when we go to Caye Caulker or stop there on the way to/from Belize City on the ferry.
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Myra, Warren, Cap't Mike, Barry, Donna
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"The Split" was created in 1961 by Hurricane Hattie and divided Caye Caulker in two.
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Caye Caulker boat dock
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Rainbow Bar and Grill, where we ate lunch
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Caye Caulker waterfront
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The crew
We walked around town, went into a couple of shops, and I even bought another of Debbie Cooper's cute prints from Cooper's Art Gallery.  The frame is still in process of being painted, so it will be shipped over via Tropic Air sometime next week.  We had a nice lunch at Rainbow Grill and Bar over the water.  I had a grilled fish sandwich on wheat bread and filled with veggies (yummy), and Barry splurged with a lobster burrito. Go Barry! I snuck a bite, and it was delicious! We looked for the pie lady after lunch, who wheels a cart of delicious desserts around the sandy town streets, but sadly it appears that she doesn't sell her wares on Sunday, so we hopped back into the boat for the trip back to San Pedro.  
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Myra and Emily in Caye Caulker
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Looking towards the Split and the Lazy Lizard bar
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The Split and anchorage beyond. Gorgeous!
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Close up of sailboat in anchorage - this one's for you, Sabrina!
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Interesting pimped-out beached boat. Don't know the story behind this one!
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Barry
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Flags
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Emily & Mike
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I didn't buy anything here, but it was a nice shop of Guatamalan woven items.
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Warren, Emily, and Myra coming out of Cooper's Art Gallery
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A back street on Caye Caulker. Gotta love that traffic!
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Caye Caulker local houses
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Back side of Caye Caulker - note wrecked boat far out
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Closeup of wrecked boat -- looks like someone salvaged the mast, sails, and other parts!
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Donna, Myra, and Warren
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Lunchtime!
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Nice view from restaurant
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Time to dig in!
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Barry's lobster burrito, slaw, and beans and rice
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Sponge Bob? In Caye Caulker? Guess he needed a vacation too!
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Awww, Donna and Warren are so cute holding hands!
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The Split again
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Gorgeous water today
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Bye-bye Caye Caulker!
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Back to San Pedro
It was a really fun trip!  I'm so glad we decided to be spontaneous (not our strong suit as we have half a century of being planners behind us!) and join in.  Thanks so much to Mike and Myra for another fantastic day!
Sabrina
11/13/2011 12:08:50 pm

Nice sailboat pic but you really must find out more about the pimped out beached boat.

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Sabrina

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Paula Segrest
11/13/2011 10:47:07 pm

I agree with Sabrina! THAT BOAT is so boho and so ME. LOL! Em, would you mind email the SpongeBob photo to me so I can share it with my grandson? We looooove SB!!!! I love your blog/photos as usual. CC is next on my list of "got to do's"!!!

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BeBelize Emily
11/14/2011 03:08:19 am

Next time we go I'll try to find out more, or I'll just assign that research to Paula, who will love Caye Caulker! P.S. Photo of SpongeBob sent via email...

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