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Belize, day #2 (01/20/08)

February 1st, 2008 at 14:15

When we woke up on Sunday morning, normally we’d be getting ready to dive somewhere off one of the Cayes. Instead, we were still at port in Old Belize because our Tyndall cohorts hadn’t arrived yet. (Like I mentioned, they severely outnumbered us 11 to 3, so it made sense for us to stay in port waiting for them.) Brandon and I decided to get off the boat and trudge around the pier for a little while.

Old Belize consists of a pier with a TON of boats, a small museum, a gift shop, and a restaurant. Connected to the restaurant is a man-made beach called (and I don’t understand this at all) “Cucumber Beach”, which has a zipline, a conch-shell auditorium, a big slide, and a very confusing thing that should obviously be filled with water and then apparently gives people something to swim around. I don’t know, I didn’t get a picture of it because I believe that the people of Belize have a Greater Plan that involves this magical lagoon and I don’t think that it should be posted about on the internet until all of their wonders have fully evolved.

Check out that auditorium in the back.

On our way to Old Belize we met a couple who were living in a motor home and who had driven down from California. The husband flew helicopters and the woman took advantage of Cucumber Beach’s ample free WiFi to work remotely. They had brought their tripod dog along with them, and then soon met quite a few of Belize’s plethora of homeless dogs on the pier, who they helped feed. (I pet two of the homeless ones and the tripod as we stood there and talked.) They were sort of confused about what the Nekton was there for, so we filled them in (diving, mon!) and then headed our way.

So we walked over to the museum to learn about OLD Belize. Here is what I learned:
– I can thank the people of Belize for birth control (THANK YOU, people of Belize)
– Mayans were into fire and skulls, and were also very, very short
– there is a chicle “guy”
– old Belizian churches played “Amazing Grace” on constant repeat. CONSTANT.

I’m stunned by the fire and skulls.

Now, Jeff came over to Old Belize with us from the boat, but at this point he had disappeared (perhaps as a result of the chicle guy?) so after yelling around after him in the gift shop (the museum was nice enough to empty into said shop) we walked back through the starting sprinkle to the boat.

A word about the boat: the Nekton Pilot is not a normal-looking vessel. It uses Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) technology, which means that it is actually more stable than a boat with a single hull. It was the 32nd boat of its type to be built and the first that was custom-built to serve as a live-aboard. The dive deck actually moves up and down depending on the conditions and whether or not people are using it at the time. I don’t think I would have survived on a normal live-aboard :D

SWATH Technology!

Anyway, around 2ish the Tyndall group, in all of their finery, finally showed up and we spent lunchtime driving out to our first dive site.

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