The last time I posted, Shelly and I were in the Tokyo International Airport catching our final flight home from our Round the World trip. Even to this day, we’re reminded how much fun 12 different countries and cultures can be. People always ask “what was your favorite part of the trip?” I’ve probably given two dozen different answers because every part of that trip was fun. From climbing Machu Picchu, to camping on the Serengeti, to cruising the backwaters in India, each day was unique and special in its own way.
I started getting the traveler’s itch about 24 hours after landing in Seattle. We quickly planned a trip to Vegas in September and I also had my annual salmon fishing trip with my father in July. Both were great trips and Vegas was especially epic. We had the opportunity to get VIP bottle service at PURE nightclub at Caesar’s Palace and it was ridiculous. It cost more than our two week stay in Buenos Aires, but was worth every penny. The salmon trip was also a blast and I ended up catching the biggest Chinook and Coho salmon at the lodge… worth a cool $1,200 bucks. After splitting the pot with my dad (he netted the fish) and splitting my share with my Shelly (what’s mine is hers and what’s hers is hers), I was left with $300 and put it in the bank.
Around August, we started to think about where we should go in February when the Seattle weather starts to take its toll on the human soul. Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Cayman Islands all made our short list of possible vacations. Airfare at the time was still crazy expensive and flights were in the $800 range for most destinations. I checked about once a week and fares remained constant until last Thursday when I checked on flights to Belize. The fares suddenly dropped and a round-trip ticket cost $350! In about 2.5 seconds Shelly and I discussed Belize, agreed this sounds like fun, and booked a 10-day trip in February. We are excited to get back out and experience a new country, not to mention get a little sun.
We’re spending 7 days on Caye Caulker to soak up some rays and go diving in the morning. Our final 3 days will be in-land in the jungle where we hope to see some Mayan ruins and perhaps try cave tubing. Overall, we’re excited to go and February can’t get here soon enough. For now, though, I’ll leave you with a few pictures from this summer and we’ll try to post an entry before leaving for Belize.
Bottle service at PURE (Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas) and the money fish (North King Lodge, British Columbia)…