Shortly after this, Linda fell in love
and married a Navy man, thus, beginning her second journey around the
world with a military man. During this time, she also gave birth to her
one and only child, Barry.
From dive trips to the Red Sea in Egypt and the
Bahamas, to traveling all over Europe, Linda never seemed to settle down
in one place for very long. Her list of travels is almost as long as her
list of vocations, 35 in all. From legal secretary and furniture maker to
being employed as a "Quality Control Welding Inspector" for nuclear
pressure vessels, Linda was a "Jill" of all trades.
In 1977, Linda's interest in diving led her to become
a dive master and to subsequently earn her dive instructor's certificate
while living in San Antonio, Texas (where her mother currently resides).
With traveling and diving in her blood, in 1986, Linda found herself
exploring the world's second largest barrier reef, off the coast of
"It's the common story," said Linda, "I fell in
love with the people - and the diving." Following her return to the US,
she sold everything and was back in San Pedro by February of the
following year. Establishing herself as a competent diver, Linda soon
became the first female dive instructor in Belize. She started out as
manager and dive instructor for remote resorts such as the Manta Reef on
Glover's Reef and the Blue Marlin on South Water Caye. After "roughing
it,"(no television for 12 years!) Linda happily returned to
"civilization" and employment at most of the upscale dive resorts on
Linda recalls a wealth of underwater experiences, like
swimming with a pair of whale sharks and the time she witnessed an
enormous, elderly spotted eagle ray surrounded by four white-tipped
sharks. One of her favorite dive spots was the Red Sea because of the
"the magnificent soft coral gardens" she encountered there.
With over 12,000 dives under her belt and following
her doctor's advice, Linda is finished diving. Her nomad days are over,
too, for she has found her "home base" at long last. Stating her reasons
for finally settling down, Linda explained, "I have more friends here
than I had in all the other places combined. I love this casual life and
can't imagine living anywhere else. Besides, after going barefoot for so
long, I can't find shoes to fit my feet anymore."
Linda currently makes a living as manager of the Pier
Lounge, a popular entertainment spot where she is also known as the
"Queen of the Chicken Drop". In her spare time, she now enjoys less
physical tasks like "channel surfing," reading, cooking and eating.
Linda has no set plans for the future, preferring to
live day-to-day. She takes things one step at a time, and accepts life,
"one experience after another - whatever comes next." Her only goal is to
someday retire in a tiny cottage on the beach.
A firm believer that "No moss grows on a rolling
stone," Linda continues to travel whenever the "wanderlust" overcomes
her. These days, however, she returns to the island she calls home and
San Pedro is blessed, for Linda Carter is an amazing and "Wonder"-ful
Woman in "Our Community".