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#56253 - 08/28/02 06:31 PM Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits  
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Cowboy Boots and Bathing Suits is on my mind today. The line… “When I get back home to Texas, and they ask me what I miss most…” Well, when I have a rough day (like today), I think about Belize and spend a few minutes looking at the pretty picture on my computer, and the pictures of my friends, favorite places, sharks and sunrises that I have on my cubicle wall. So….

When I get back home to Oregon, and they ask me what I miss most…..

Early mornings on Ruby’s dock sipping coffee or orange juice and either reading, daydreaming or staring into the sunrise wondering what adventures the day will hold.

Speeding across the water in my friend’s boat, loving every minute, feeling free.

Listening to music at Fido’s, and partaking in shots of Tequila with my dear island buddy, with an occasional “fluff” drink.

Snorkeling with some absolutely amazing fish, rays, sharks, and seeing the wonder that is beneath the surface.

Enjoying a great dinner at Caliente or Elvie’s or wherever.

Enjoying the fact that I can hardly remember any stressful moment in life, from work or anywhere else, for a few golden days.

Even in the memories, I find joy… and the hope of another trip next spring gives me motivation to plow ahead.

With that, the salt mines are waiting.


#56254 - 08/28/02 06:58 PM Re: Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits  
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Hi IJ,
I know what you mean about Ruby's. Next week will be my 4 time at Ruby's. For me it's the perfect place. Right out your room to get the freshest coffee and johnny cakes or cinnamon buns. Lounging out on the deck watching the people pass by.

I find the toughest decision is when to move from the picnic table to the hammock and when to get the first Belikin of the day.


#56255 - 08/28/02 07:14 PM Re: Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits  
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hey, if I remember right, I was supposed to meet you last Sept at Ruby's, but I didn't make it b/c of 9-11, and I was supposed to travel 9-12. Was that you? Have a great time, and have a Belekin with my name on it! [Linked Image]


#56256 - 08/29/02 09:31 PM Re: Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits  
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I can't believe you brought up Cowboy Boots and Bathing Suits ..... you are absolutely correct. We just got back on Sunday, finally found that CD. Tonight we got together with a couple of the other people that went with us, got out 12 rolls of developed pictures, put on the CD, and looked and remembered. WOW - you took the words right out of my mouth - and yes, you're right, tomorrow back to the salt mines.

Let's all get together and plan our trip back ...

#56257 - 08/30/02 11:45 AM Re: Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits  
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sounds like you, too, can be diagnosed with re-entry sickness. the only known cure is a return trip!!!

#56258 - 08/30/02 01:46 PM Re: Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits  
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I'm listening to Gringo in Belize right now and just wishing ......

I try to explain to people and words simply fail me ....

Yes, it's true, it's got to be reentry sickness (long sigh)
Island Junkie - great minds think alike - your soul mate Beale.

#56259 - 08/30/02 02:46 PM Re: Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits  
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I didn't even miss Belize, then I unpacked! My wife and I have just about warn out that CD, I hope it holds off until our return trip next year.

#56260 - 08/30/02 03:26 PM Re: Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits  
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Occasionally, I still get some Belizean sand falling out of my Tivas. Sigh.

A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

#56261 - 08/30/02 10:07 PM Re: Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits  
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soul mate, huh? [Linked Image] I'm flattered!

Yep, been there, felt that way. In fact, maybe I'll go get my JJW CD & put in on right now. Anyhow, I read the report from scottjenn on the other area about your trip to Caves Branch and the Black Hole Drop. Was that not one of the most amazing things?!?! How about a little report on the rest of your trip? We others live vicariously through the stories of recent returnees, until we can go again (for me, probably not until May). So, fess up... did you turn San Pedro upside down after your jaunt on the mainland?

soulmate [Linked Image]

#56262 - 08/31/02 08:42 AM Re: Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits  
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Dear Soulmate

Ian's - Caves Branch - Bunkhouse - you have to hold on very tightly to the memory to keep it from disappearing - picnics inside caves - incredible staff - pee-pee lecture - panty rippers - we both need to go to his online guestbook while memories are fresh.

San Pedro - wide-eyed amazement, beautiful smiles, great senses of humor, different worlds.

No rules - no restrictions was San Pedro for us - Dodging golf carts, moonlit walks, Belikans, Fido's, laughing, margarittas, Elvi's, Victoria House, music, and long deep sighs with eyes closed hoping it will never end.

San Pedro was great. We stayed at Ramon's, which I would heartily recommend. Took several excursions, I would recommend them all . Reef fishing, where we caught yellow fin, red snapper, grouper, which we took back to Ramons and they prepared it for dinner for us. The day long Manatee, Hol Chan, Caye Caulker, island picnic trip. Snorkeling is not to be believed there - you're right - it's another world when you simply put your face under water.

Our last night we were at BC's when the tornado came through - but as I said, incredible ending to an incredible trip.

More later .....

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