tiff December 8th, 2013
Rick and I were extremely FORTUNATE to take a trip to San Pedro, Belize over Thanksgiving! However we would have never been able to have gone had these TWO wonderful people NOT made the road trip from Seattle to watch our SWEET boys’!
My parents took off the Tuesday before our Thanksgiving Break(a little over a week before turkey day) starting their drive towards Carbondale, Colorado. Fortunately on there way here they had an uneventful road trip and the timing was perfect! We were able to spend a couple of evenings together and catch up and eat REALLY good food! My parents are all about REALLY good food and REALLY good WINE! Unfortunately we were wishing we could have some more time with them…there is something about the holidays and wanting to be with family! (well with the exception of our travel to Belize…giggle…i guess it is all about us…smiles!) The best part about having my parents here with our boys’ is that the whole time we were in Belize we were NOT worried about Keegan & Rohnan…we knew that they were in good hands and well taken care of…we knew that Papa would cook them good food and Nana would spoil them rotten…we knew that at night they were safe & happy…we knew that our boys’ were ENJOYING their alone time with Papa & Nana! (but that does not mean that we didn’t think about K & R and had conversations about how much they would like parts of our vacation…oh and that we missed them a wee little bit…we do kind of dig our kids and truly LOVE them dearly–however it is a treat to have alone time together too!) My parents trip home was a little more daring…they managed to catch the wicked storm that was heading our way…they were just into Oregon when they were delayed in La Grande, OR—where they hung out for hours at the local McDonalds until the Interstate was open again…YIKES! They did make it home safe and sound, but I believe a bit frazzled from the drive…winter driving can be stressful for both the driver and the passenger!
Thank YOU Papa & Nana for giving up YOUR TIME
and TRAVELING for 2 days on either END!
You guys ROCK!!!
Now for the vacation portion of this post…Ambergis Caye, San Pedro, Belize!
Rick and I decided way back last Spring to take a BIG trip for our 20th Anniversary (9/11/93)…We had made the decision to travel to Belize, as we had dreamed a little dream about doing this when we were kidless and living in Alaska…but well we just never traveled abroad—we spent most of our travels on our time off from jobs to family! We felt inspired by 20…and it pushed us to get our passports–which was pretty exciting and we felt like little kids when we got them—Rick’s first words were NOW we can go ANYWHERE! smiles! So watch out world the HOLTS are ready to see YOU!
After making the decision to travel to Belize we asked our dear friends, Jami & Nate Friday, if they would be up for a kidless adventure with us. We knew this might not work for them…as they have wee ones, but I think they were needing ALONE time too…so they unanimously said YES! And let me tell you it was LOVELY! Mostly because we are selfish and miss having alone conversations together—you see we spend endless dinners together, trips together and sometimes holidays together and between our boys’ and their boys’ we have constant conversations with lots of people that are not always focused and can be interrupted…of course all good, as we all LOVE our children…yep we really do! But let me tell you our 8 days of adult conversation was pretty AWESOME! We were silly, inappropriate, serious, happy, goofy, dreamy, etc!
And you know what after 8 days together we were all still talking to each other! I think if we could have we would have spent this weekend together too. But life called on us and we had birthday celebrations, tree getting, skiing, and work obligations–so it was a break from the Friday/Holt gatherings…probably a good thing as they will be stuck with us for a HUT trip soon and a Christmas EVE adventure and dinner! They are our COLORADO family–they are GOOD people!
So here are some quick sentences from our trip:
*flew out of Denver at 6a.m. Saturday
*connected in Dallas, Texas to fly to Belize City, Belize
*got on what we call Alaskan planes to fly to San Pedro, Belize
*landed and caught the taxi and airport workers off guard, as we were not staying at a resort…but at a VRBO house on the beach right in San Pedro. It took some searching online to find out exactly where we needed to go–but then it was easy!
*Ms. Jackie hooked us up with our place that was right above her families–she showed us around, gave us the keys and that was that! The place was awesome–probably not for someone that likes to be waited on…but for our peoples it was low key and had a SWEET view! (we would go back)
*after a day of travel—we didn’t sit down, oh NO…we walked right into town to grab a bite to eat–Fido’s Courtyard right on the beach–apps & beers. then off to a bar at the end of a pier near the place we were staying to listen to music…and let me tell you—it was almost worse than karaoke and it was a cigar bar-YUCK, but outside, so nice!
*our first full day–woke up–jami, nate & rick went for a run and i followed on a bike (can’t run with these knees YET) along the beach for about 2.5 miles up the beach front (the beaches on San Pedro are ALL public–no matter what).
*we spent the rest of the day exploring the town, setting up trips, finding yummy EATS and getting some groceries! rick spotted a place to watch the Pats play the Broncos…so he was all set for Sunday night football!
*monday was spent on a boat out to Hol Chan Reserve where we did some AMAZING snorkeling, then swam with the sharks in SHARK/RAY ALLEY…after those two amazing adventures on the boat, then we headed to Caye Caulker for a walk around this sweet island and some good food!
*tuesday we went out on a boat again–this time an early rise–as we headed to the mainland to explore the Mayan Jungle. We went on a zip line tour and then headed down the river on tubes through caves…also an incredible ADVENTURE!
*wednesday we went out on a BOAT again…but this time with less people (8 plus the captain) and headed up North to do some snorkeling at Mexico Rocks–we were in search for Conch for lunch. Then we headed up to Robles Point where the boat was anchored off shore and we walked(the water was a little lower than our waists) to the shore! We walked on the beach. We had a YUMMALICIOUS lunch of fish, conch & saffron rice! We self guided ourselves out for a snorkel near the reef…again amazing! And we had a fabulous guide…Giovanni. He was our snorkel guide on our first trip on Monday too.
*thursday we went adventuring on bikes to the north. we stopped at the Palapa Bar and enjoyed some thanksgiving nachos. we were on the look out for a pool that we could jump into at one of the fancy resorts, but we were uncomfortable at the one place, as it was more secluded than we wanted. But we had a great day of going on a bike ride along with sandy beaches! And our Turkey day dinner was spent at the Blue Grill Bar for Happy hour where we all had coconut shrimp and fish & chips.
*friday was a very relaxing day—nate went out for a run, jami & rick went to crossfit(yep there was a crossfit on the island just down the beach)…and I just spent that time enjoying the quiet on the balcony watching everyone going back and forth on the beach…the rest of the day was spent riding bikes down south along the beach looking for another resort to swin in…we found it, but it was cold. cold. cold. water—we opted to go to the end of the pier to swim in the sea! we had a great relaxing end of our trip…with more good eats. good conversations. and we even got to hang out with our guide/captain in a more relaxing atmosphere while he was off the clock. our last dinner was also very YUMMALICIOUS–The Wild Mango!
*saturday was spent packing, showering, cleaning, breakfasting and then off to travel home! sad face! we all agreed we could have continued the adventure for another week! smiles…but we can’t be too greedy!
*our travels back to the states were uneventful until we got to the hotel parking lot in denver—where our car would not start…FUN. FUN. FUN. we finally got to Nate’s brothers house around 1a.m. where we slept for 5 hours and made the trek over the passes to home to spend a day with my folks and see my sweet boys’ faces!