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A Great Egret, we believe
First, a follow-up.  In yesterday's entry (http://bebelize.weebly.com/1/post/2011/09/sunday-cycling-adventure-and-a-stormy-afternoon.html), I blogged about the horrible area of murky water on the road north that Barry rode through and cut his leg on a wire in, but I was too chicken to attempt.  I'm happy to report that his leg seems to be just fine, but he was determined to get back up to the scene of the crime to take some photos so everyone could see just how icky and non-navigable this area was.   So after our errand ride into town today, he continued riding north until he reached the other side of the area that he rode through on Sunday.  And here it is:
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As you can see, with all the debris and swampiness on either side, there's really no way to go around it.  I'm still really glad I didn't attempt it as you can't possibly see either how deep it is or what evils might be lurking in it.  Would you have ridden through it?  

Now to today's activities.  We took Paisley on a nice long walk this morning, and she was accosted by a couple of dogs at El Pescador, a resort up the way a bit.  One brown dog was not very friendly towards her, but this young black one wanted to play.  Still, it intimidated Paisley a bit, so she kept escaping into the water.  She really has learned to love the sea here and goes in to cool down frequently when we walk.  
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She likes lying in water of this depth on her belly -- so refreshing!
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A natural swimmer
After the walk and breakfast, we rode into town for a couple of groceries and to pick up curtains I had hemmed and a window valance I had made.  On our way there, we stopped for a brief chat with our buddy Raphael, a security guard at The Phoenix, where we stayed for our 25th anniversary in May 2010.  Raphael is from El Salvador and doesn't speak a lot of English, so we try our our rudimentary Espanol on him, and he very generously encourages our meager efforts.  I'm currently going through the Pimsleur lessons on the computer, and Barry had already done quite a few of these lesson while in Chapel Hill.
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This was the first time Raphael had seen our "Carros" (cars). Yep, our bikes are our cars here!
After buying bread, OJ, and cereal, we headed over to Sew What to pick up my projects.  Barry decided that the valance would do best strapped across my handlebar basket rather than on his rear rack, so we covered it in trash bags and strapped it on.  I got a few funny looks, but really, you see folks carrying all sorts of stuff on their bikes here, but they are usually locals, and we still look like tourists to most people, I'm sure.
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Going over the bridge north of San Pedro (aka "the cut")
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Fortunately, I got everything back to our place with no problems, though I did have to go through quite a few puddles on the road.  Not disgusting like the mega puddles farther north, though.  Yes, this is Belize in rainy season!
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Negotiating the huge puddles by Reef Village
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This one was deeper than it looked
Finally, here are a couple of other miscellaneous shots from today...
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Paisley's new obsession = hunting crabs under the Chico Caribe dock. She hasn't caught one yet, thankfully.
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Paisley with Van Gogh, Picasso, and a Grand Caribe stray. Van Gogh & Picasso belong to other owners at Grand Caribe.
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A large iguana Barry encountered on his ride up north
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A cute bunch of small bananas we bought at Maria's yesterday. So much more flavorful than the larger ones. The one on the left is a "standard" size banana for comparison.
Jana Reed
9/20/2011 09:39:13 am

I just have to say that I love the picture of Paisley cooling off her belly! It made me laugh.

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Chip Gentry
9/20/2011 07:34:42 pm

I agree, Reef Village puddles are a lot less icky.

Huge iguana!

Regarding the dogs' artsy names, my neighbors have hounds named Remington and Matisse.

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Chip Gentry
9/20/2011 10:31:33 pm

Oops, the hounds are named Rembrandt (aka Remi) and Matisse!

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