Fire Cloud...
An irregular marking on the exterior of Native American pottery: usually resulting from burning fuel coming in direct contact with the vessel during firing

Friday, 5 December 2014

Diving in Cozumel

I managed to get in two dives during our brief stop in Cozumel. This place has some of the best coral and dayglow fish in the Americas. They take  us to very good spots but not the best available.

On the first dive I'm a little surprised to see a silent submarine glide past. It's the Atlantis, I think. They take tourists to see the reef and fish.

It rained all day yesterday in Costa Maya. No pictures. Finally saw some sunset pulling out of Cozumel and steaming back to Tampa this evening.

Some of the newer cruise ships displace more tons than the Titanic. They are really unsinkable unless you have a Greek crew watching the soccer games instead of the reefs.

The dive boat takes a funny list when one 200 pound diver switches sides to get water leaving four on my side and two on the other.

Mrs. Phred stays home and reads.

Goodbye Central America. Hello Tampa.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Belize Cave Tubing

We go ashore in boats (tenders) that drive out to pick up passengers. Belize used to be British Honduras until the name changed in 1983 and it became known as Belize.

Belize has the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world.

We're on the Norewgian Sun for a week.

 We decide to tube the Belize caves at the suggestion of friends.

 After an hour bus ride, we carry the tubes 30  minutes though a rain forest to the launch point.

 They give us headlamps and life jackets.

 It's an interesting excursion. We get chicken tamales wrapped in banana leaves for lunch.

 The Mayans thought that you had to go underground to eight levels of hell before rising though 30 levels of heave....that's what our guide said anyway...

 The tubes are tied together for the trip.

 In places, the water is only six inches have to keep all your parts high...

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Roatan Island, Honduras

First stop is Roatan. A laid-back tropical paradise. We meet our driver at the port and take some back roads to our snorkel boat. Al goes with us and points out eels, octopii (??), starfish, lion fish and other creatures.

The deck of the Norwegian Sun. We leave Tampa and return next week.

 Passing under the Skyway at sunset.

 Mrs. Phred.

 Roatan mangroves. The waves on the  barrier reef are just visible,

I got a deal on an hour of internet for $5 at the dock. Decided to slap together a fast blog.

Ed and Gail are feeding the cat back in Sarasota.

Barbara runs a great snorkle trip. Her company is Upachaya. She has cultivated many exotic fruit trees and runs a wellness B&B....After the swim she makes a great lunch and an ialand drink.

Reporting from the Coxen Hole Port of Roatan....Phred Firecloud, roving jounalist...