I have had some trouble getting to these blog posts like I was hoping as Luckie and I had our first child on Jan 8 and life has gotten very busy at home and in the boat! Our daughter, Khaya Idewesei Nunez was born in Corozal at a home with the assistance of a midwife and Cheryl's mother and sister. Our passion is the water so it only seemed fitting to have a water birth. All went beautifully and baby was born into the hands of her father at 8:30 in the morning weighing 6lbs 14oz. She is now almost 3 months old, time sure flies! Here are some photos of our angel over the last few months.
It was a beautiful calm and sunny day for our fishing trip today. This cow head porgy was caught on a handline. The water was also very calm making this shot of a moon jellyfish possible.
This morning Bruce, Chris, Ron and Katie chartered us to take them wildlife viewing and fishing for a half a day on the Sittee River. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny morning. The sun brought out dozens of iguanas that we spotted sunning themselves in the trees and along the river banks. We also spotted a turtle and crocodile taking advantage of the sun.
We were also able to spot many birds including herons, egrets, vultures, hawks, flycatchers and more!
Luckie climbed a coconut tree to pull some young coconuts and demonstrate how to open them and then we took the group through the path that was hand cut through the mangroves to give access to the Anderson lagoon. This is the same lagoon that glows with bioluminescence at night. Once in the lagoon the guys tried their luck at some fishing.
We went out for an evening fishing trip on the Sittee River with our friends, Jon and Shelly. This was Shelly's first time trolling for fish and she was the lucky one that caught us dinner! She caught a nice mackerel.
We do a lovely trip in the evening which starts just before the sunset. We cruise the Sittee River as the sun sets and you get an opportunity to spot iguanas and birds. After the sun goes down you can spot Belize's many nocturnal creatures along the riverbanks such as crocodiles, gibnut, raccoons, coatimundi, and others. Also included in this interesting tour is a trip into the Anderson Lagoon. If it is a nice dark night you can see the magical bioluminescence in the water. Whatever is in the water will leave a trail of glowing light behind it and it is quite interesting to see.
Our week started out with our first official Happy Go Luckie charter on Thursday, November 15. A lovely young couple chartered a half day fishing/snorkel trip. Nicole and Tyler from Florida went out with Luckie and tried their luck at some spear fishing and managed to get this invasive lionfish. Lionfish are not native to the waters of Belize and since their introduction they have been reproducing and growing with little predators to worry about and lots of reef fish to eat. As a result the lionfish have become a pest and a threat to the tropical reef fish.
On Saturday Nov, 17 the Sheldon family chartered a half day morning snorkel and island tour. They visited Tobacco Caye and Southwater Caye, did a little snorkeling and also visited Bird Caye which is one of two nesting sites in Belize for the Magnificent Frigate and Brown Footed Boobie birds. It is quite an interesting stop even if you dont fancy yourself a birder.
Sunday November, 18. Grant and Peggy went on a full day Happy Go Luckie charter to do some snorkeling and fishing. The weather was a little choppy that day so the snorkeling was not as good as it normally is but they managed to catch some fish. Here is Peggy with the baracuda she caught while trolling, nice one!
Check out Grant's grouper!! Grant caught this one on a hand line, must have been a good fight to get it in the boat. Hand line fishing is the traditional method of fishing for a lot of Belizeans and only requires a spool of fishing line, a hook and some bait. Apparently this grouper liked the shrimp that Grant put on his hook. Well done!
November 19th is Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize, a national holiday marking the time when the Garinagu settled in Belize after the British exiled them from the island of St Vincent. Here in Hopkins the villagers perform a re enactment of their arrival on Belize shores to mark the occasion. Luckie and Cheryl went to watch the performance and Luckie helped out by captaining one of the re enactment boats.
In the afternoon the Dunphy family chartered a Happy Go Luckie tour to go snorkeling and check out some of the islands. It turned out to be a beautiful day with good visibility and calm waters for excellent snorkeling.
Nick, Heather, Max and Sam from Pennsylvania were a fun group and a pleasure to spend the afternoon with.