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San Pedro Island Belize…an ocean paradise W e just returned from a week in Belize. We went into this trip not knowing the area and were not sure what to expect. Our good friends, Addie and Ron Habit, organized the trip to celebrate their 20 th wedding anniversary. As planning advanced we grew to a group of twelve. Debbi and Mike Sanchez joined to celebrate their 34th anniversary. Also joining the group were some friends of Addie’s from her days at HP: Dennis and Lisa Yearton from Morgan Hill; Nate and Robyn King, also from Morgan Hill; Tiana Sisay from San Jose; and Marcella Grant from Fremont. Belize is a small Central American nation, formerly British Honduras. It borders Mexico and Honduras. There are only about 389,000 people in about 8,800 square miles. We were traveling to the small island of San Pedro, population 17,000 people, also known as La Isla Bonita, The Beautiful Island. The main attraction of Belize and specifically San Pedro Island is the Belize Barrier Reef. This reef is the second largest in the world next to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The ocean, the reef, the weather and the sea life can only be described as spectacular. For eight of us, our trip began in San Jose with a stop in Dallas/Fort Worth before arriving in Belize City. At the airport, Tiana and Marcel la joined the group. We 104 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018