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Snorkelling yesterday was awesome. Without an underwater camera to take actual pictures, we're going to have to paint pictures with words and try to describe the indescribable as best we can.

The water is the bluest you've ever seen in your life. You know the colour aqua marine blue? This is the water that it was named after.

Surprisingly, the ocean isn't very deep -- at least not where we went. Maybe ten to fifteen metres. We made our way out to the middle of the reef (the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley) by sailboat.

The views were stunning above and below the water. Almost as stunning was the colour our skin turned after being out on the boat all day. But we digress.

After a quick learner's course in snorkelling, we made our way to a place that we can't remember the name of that we're going to call Fishy Town.

Now, imagine every shape and size of fish. Some with long noses, some with short. Some are flat, some are round. Some are big, some are small.

Now put those fluorescent ski jackets we wore in the eighties on all of those fish and you've got what we saw. They're colours that you didn't know could exist in nature.

The fish clearly thought we were one of them, and weren't afraid of us in the least. We could just float there, and turtles, fish, stingrays, and barracudas would swim beside and beneath us without paying us much attention.

We also saw Nemo and Dora. They really do talk, just like in the Disney movie.

After we got out, we made our way to the next destination and started in on lunch. Something just didn't feel right as we bit into a snapper sandwich. And yet, it was very tasty.

Once we got to our next destination, we apologized to the family of our lunch and continued on our merry way.

The one hour boat ride back to Caye Caulker was lovely. When we got back on land, we realized the extent of our exposure to the sun. We've gotten past the red skin sunburn. And moved onto uncharted territory that we call "eggplant."

Tomorrow we are heading to Costa Rica for the final leg of our trip. Hopefully, the plane will be in better shape than our bus to Coban (or Copan).

permalink written by  Corey Fruitman and Melissa Tapper on March 9, 2009 from Belize City, Belize
from the travel blog: Margarita y Discoteca
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ahhhhhhhh yes eggplant or a form of 2nd degree burn or something. Since I am red/pink/white as snow I experience it all the time, hold on tight!

There is nothing sexier before bed then "Don't touch me, I love you, just don't touch me." replied from said partner..."Agreed do not touch me.....seriously...."

It will test your will, but I know that you are strong!

I love your commentary and suggest a T.V. or travel blog pitch when you get back, I have been so entertained, and have even laughed out from time to time. :)

ohhhhhh and there is a lamp post ........go turn on my TREE!

I am so happy you guys are having fun!

NOW goooooooooooooo 4th FLOOR!



permalink written by  Daina Hodgson on March 9, 2009

mmm...aubergine! Raila's feet were that colour a few years ago in Mexico. Good luck with that!!

Miss you guys, and can't wait to see you!!!

permalink written by  Punim on March 10, 2009

Loving every minute and your critiques are amazing...I'm feeling the charred eggplant, (oooowwww!) Did you see any mer-maids or mer-men "under the sea"...say hi to Arielle if you swim past her...love to both of you, can't wait for your safe return and the National Geographic TV Tour, coming to your neighborhood soon...Love from all Aunty K.

permalink written by  Karen Garscadden on March 13, 2009

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