Monday, May 17, 2021

Placencia: Part 3

“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

This is my last post from Belize, 2020. We sailed the sea, explored Mayan ruins and communed with jungle flora, fauna and rum: Coconut water and One Barrel Rum - Crazy good; Mango juice, spicy ginger ale and rum - Yum!

a) Belize has the best chocolate bread: Cheers Restaurant
b) Belize has the best hot sauce: Marie Sharp's
c) Belize speaks my native tongue! But it's a melting pot of souls.
d) Belize has the best wheat bread: The French Bakery in San Ignacio. 
e) Belize has the best smelling soap: Rosa Venus from the grocery store. It smells like a rose garden.
f) Belize has lots of rum!
g) Belize has more fun things to do than any other country in Central America: ancient caves with spooky skeletons, mysterious Mayan ruins, first class snorkeling, islands of fun. It's a foodie paradise. Follow our feet...

A necklace bobble made from a conch shell. See below. 

The end.

I left the book Gringo Nightmare at the airport. But for us, it was a sweet dream.


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Monday, May 10, 2021

Beautiful Baru Beach

“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show” Anonymous

I love this photo. 
Only one person was walking on this end of the beach, and she was camera-ready. Covid was not a concern on this Costa Rica beach. At Baru, pelicans strafe the waves like crop-dusting planes, crabs scurry into sandy burrows like side-winding cats, and Scarlet Macaws soar through the skies in perfect military formation. 

The drive to Baru Beach was a wet and wild ride. On drier days, we like to go bird watching on this road. 

The other end of the beach. The specks to the left are possible covid carriers. (and a dog) No worries here either. Only virgin sand waiting for footprints.

Weird sea creature: Eel.

I love this photo! There were seventeen Scarlet Macaws flying high over Baru beach. I aimed and caught two pairs in focus. Sigh. Seeing Scarlet Macaws in the wild brings joy to my heart.

You've seen these photos before. They were taken on Baru too. Sunset walks are to die for. 

I have an ongoing love affair with Dominical beaches: wide as a Walmart, flat as a tortilla and perfectly soft barefoot. The warm waters of the Pacific washing over your toes doesn't hurt either, especially in January. Heaven on Earth.


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Monday, May 3, 2021

Spring Road Trips

Spring thaw - Minneapolis trails.

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”– Ernest Hemingway

Early Spring in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”– Margaret Atwood

Later, in St Croix Falls, Wisconsin. 
We ran across a whole family of snakes! It was fun to see them curled and coiled. 

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”– Mark Twain

The Lake Harriet Rose Gardens.
I saw a turkey outside of Starbucks last week. (I'm not joking)

“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.”– Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

Road trip to Menomonie, Wisconsin.
The glorious Red Cedar trail.

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.”– Sitting Bull

This old railroad bridge is at the fifteen mile mark, on my favorite biking trail along the Red Cedar River. (thirty miles round trip) If it wasn't for the pain-in-the-ass part of biking, I could have biked fifty miles - no problem. Biking is a breeze on my new Rad electric bike!

I was blog hopping last week, visiting my internet friends and returning comments to all lookie-loos. On one particular blog visit, I learned that not everyone enjoys reading quotes. The unnamed blogger stated that any middle-aged individual worth their salt, should be able to come up with their own freaking quote. I laughed, since that is exactly what I did last week. Did you notice? Well, I love to read inspiring quotes. So today, I posted a quote for every image. Ha! Take that, anti-inspiring-quote-Debbie-downers of the world.  

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles."
-Anne Frank


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Monday, April 26, 2021

Miami: Part 2

Someone has a sense of humor!

"Walking around Miami is like an African safari: there's fear and exhilaration with every footfall, leggy gazelles and giraffes parading around naked, and a giant water source that attracts thousands of wild animals." - Sharon Wagner, extreme travel blogger, goofy camera nerd, Miami fashion failure.

I chose perseverance. 

Do you see the swimming fish?

Cruise ship hiatus.

Wet and wild! I love this photo.

“Having Miami in a state like Florida makes no sense. You may as well put Los Angeles in the middle of Arkansas. It’s not connected, it’s just bright and loud and big and… there.” – Caspar Vega, Southern Dust


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Monday, April 19, 2021

Earth Day: 2021

In the background, my garbage-art installation in blue and turquoise from Belize beaches. P.S. The tiny superman (forefront) was picked up on a beach in Costa Rica.

I'm not a perfect green citizen. But every year I add a new green activity. The trick, I think, is picking an objective that is easy to fulfill, like losing one pound vs. trying to lose forty pounds in six months. It's easy to lose one pound and keep it off. The latter is extremely difficult to master long term. So it goes with green efforts. I'm certainly not going to save the planet, but at least I can sweep up some of my dirty footprints. 

a) I use small cloth napkins that I made from old scrap material. No more paper.

b) I use newspaper to wrap all gifts. Or used brown paper bags with smiley faces. I do buy bows, however. But I reuse the-heck-out of them. 

c) I use reusable straws. No more plastic throw-aways.
d) I use 95% of all leftovers, freezing scraps for soup and making bone broth. The key is to go through your fridge and freezer regularly, pushing older items to the forefront. The most important factor for me is to never waste meat as an animal gave its life for me. 
e) We compost and recycle. Duh.
f) I make Christmas ornaments out of paper scraps. Sigh. Sorry fish. I do use glitter. I bought the glitter year's ago and I don't buy anything unless I'm going to use it. I glitter over paper and pour the unused glitter back into the container. 

My paper chewbacca and minion are favorites. 

g) We keep a picnic pack in the car and don't use extra plastic silverware from restaurants. Now, if restaurants would stop filling the oceans with unwanted plastic silverware! Ugh! My biggest take-out pet peeve. Did I ask for plastic silverware? No! 
h) I don't use facial scrubs with plastic micro beads.
i) I use minimal harsh chemical cleaners. Vinegar works best!

So what's my next green objective? I'm considering using bar soaps instead of shampoo. What about you?

I didn't pick up trash for an art project during our Belize, 2020 trip, but I couldn't resist a sad photo safari of yesterday's treasures...

It's a bird face.

This is an excellent rum! We brought home rum and gin.

Have a fruitful and productive Earth day. Go green!


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