Will try to follow in Mikell's footsteps...know you boarders have been waiting for something as board worthy. Please keep in mind that I don't have that journalist/editor experience behind me...just the dream of producing something entertaining for all...that being said....

The first day in my opinion really doesn't count...by the time you arrive your body and emotions are adjusting to Belizean time. Arriving at Belize City airport was an experience in itself!! I was surprised at how quickly we got through customs. I am ashamed to say that we had 2 carry ons and 5 checked items(including our fishing and snorkel gear as well as snacks for a family of four) and still we made it through quickly with no mishaps. I immediately followed the signs for Jets Bar...was greeted by Jet himself and his warm Belizean smile. Told him Capt. Jeff sent me and he said "well you'll be looking for a rum punch then" and he proceeded to mix one up for me. At the time I recall thinking to myself "I never thought of Capt. Jeff as the Rum Punch type" and I'm sure Capt. Jeff will further elaborate on that. wink Anyway...the rum punch was just what I needed to pass the time away especially since we got bumped onto a later flight with Mayan Air(must have been due to them needing another plane to accommodate all that luggage).

The flight to San Pedro on Mayan Air was uneventful and as we landed we could see our pile of luggage the second biggest thing in sight besides the terminal itself!!!. We were greeted by a taxi that wisked us off to Banana Beach Resort.

Now knowing that my next paragraph may be upsetting to some of you boarders, I'm asking you in advance to please hold on tight to your Belikin bottles before tossing them my way!!! I'm a very honest gal and my first impression, as was my family's, while being transported to our resort, was "holy crap...is this what paradise really looks like?" and "Will we be able to stand it for 13 whole days?" I know that there are others that must have had similar thoughts on their first visit only you weren't bold enough to state it on this board full of Belize lovers!!! laugh So take a slug of your Belikin and see how quickly things can change...

We checked in...and immediately our moods were lifted as we took a look out into the tranquil waters and the breaking tides over the barrier reef!!! What a beautiful site...the dust on the road was long forgotten and the smiles lit up our faces.

Took a cab to Pauly's pizza and just as our pizza is delivered to the table our 15 year old is in tears telling us that she had left her small backpack containing the $200 dollars she had been saving since September. Pauly immediately offered his assistance asking us if we knew the cab company or name of the driver. We were so exhausted from the trip & had no idea even what the driver looked like and certainly not his name. Pauly's pizza deliverer, a local named Raphael, stood outside with my husband for over 45 minutes flagging down each taxi driver and spreading the word about the missing backpack. Within an hour it was back in my daughter's hands...minus the 40 dollars she gladly gave as finders fees to the driver and Raphael!!!

Needless to say....as we took our taxi ride back to Banana Beach we couldn't help but think...what a wonderful feeling it is to be spending 13 days with people who care enough to go out of their way to put a smile back on your face....especially when you're so weary from the travel. No sooner did we enter our room before I knew that we were overcome by the Belizean fever!!!!