A view of my travels to other places with no great plan.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Glovers Reef Atoll
Off to Grover´s Atoll Reef. This is a 9 acre island on the edge of a reef. This reef surrounds a lagoon that is 12 mile by 7 mile ad has 700 coral reefs inside its protection. Great snorkeling in the protection of the lagoon. The plan is to get to their hostel tonight to catch the weekly boat in the morning. Rent a sea kayak for the week and snorkel until exhausted. Just need to get to Dangriga and pickup food, then get to Sittee River 8 miles from the main road south.
Bus to Belmopan was no problem. In the terminal one of the nice venders told the tourist (me) and the others there that we must not be nice, but push to the front of the line to get a seat on the bus. Was not aggressive enough when the gate opened to get a seat. Everyone on the bus must be seated when the bus leaves the terminal. No standing is allowed until they start picking people up along the road that includes outside the terminal. They decide to run a second bus and I get a seat on it as I motivated. I am doing good on time and ask a taxi driver it Marie Sharp´´s salsa factory was open and he said yes. Took a cab ride to to the factory as Marie does give tours as the guide notes. The factory is not open and Marie is not there. The taxi driver offers a deal to good to be true ( it was not true). I do get to Sittee River but pay to much.
I have made no reservations and when the owner arrive from there weekly shopping I am in luck as there is space on the boat and the island.
There are iguana in the trees of the river leading to the ocean. I should have know that something was up when the trip out was three hours and the weather was getting rough. The island cabanas over the water and on shore, there is also a dorm and camping for the real cheep. The weather was not great so I went for a dorm. This was upgraded as soon as I got there as some of the employees were staying in the dorm. The place on the beach had cooking setup below the Cabana for the cheap people like me. The island offered:
No phones, no lights, no motor cars
Not a single luxury
Like Robinson Ca-rusoe
It's primitive as can be
Yes and no bar so I brought my own as did everyone else. Weather turn to the bad for most of the week. I even need to were a jacket during the day (the horror). The high winds kept the kayaking down and the cabana shaking until the last day, when the sun came out. When I started the four book reading I was looking for signs of civilization.
Had a good time just wish the weather was a bit better.