Cait and I have been best friends since first grade. It’s such a long time ago, I don’t remember ever not being friends. We were best friends back when it was cool to wear neon colored leg warmers.
Growing up, we went everywhere together; family vacations, camp, sports, we practically lived at each other’s houses in the summer. We were even on the same bowling team. One of our favorite pictures is from the summer our parents sent us to soccer camp, which is funny considering our school didn’t even have a soccer team.
We met Mark in junior high. Mark and I had neighboring lockers throughout highschool because our last names were alphabetically close together. Cait and Mark were highschool sweethearts. (collective Ahhh) They’re coming up on the 19th anniversary of their first date. They went to see Legends of the Fall. If you saw that movie outside the theater it was on VHS, back in the day when you had to rewind the tape. We’ve all been hanging out for a while.
When we left Houston in March of last year, Cait came to see us off. It’s the longest we’ve gone between visits in the 30 years we’ve known each other. Considering I cried through the Christmas holiday, a visit from home was exactly what I needed. I got an email mid January saying they were coming to Belize to visit us and go on a five-day island adventure. I freaked out with excitement.
They arrived on the 25th. We loaded the bikes into a boat and headed nine miles off the coast to Thatch Caye in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, just two miles from the second largest barrier reef in the world.
Our meet-up in Dangriga:
The island was A-mazing! Our days started with a beautiful sunrise we watched from our over-the-water cabanas. There were lots of marine activities to keep us busy: kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, snorkeling, fishing. Late afternoons were for napping in the hammocks. At the end of the day, we watched the sunset over mountains on the mainland, while drinking Belikins and fruity rum drinks. Throughout the day we were treated to exquisitely prepared meals by the island chef. It was perfect.
A tour of our accommodations:
Snorkeling on the reef was incredible. It was like being inside an aquarium, with an entire world below. Unfortunately we do not have an underwater camera.
We kayaked around the caye and to Bird Island, home to frigatebirds and brown footed boobies.
Fishing by trolling and dropline:
We had a wonderful time spent with great friends. Like I said in my toast at their wedding…
No matter how long it’s been or how different our lives have become, when our roads meet up again everything is as it was, as it will always be.
We miss you guys already. Come back sone.