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were greeted by a ranger who registered our boat and issued us each a wristband. The Reserve is a fascinat- ing snorkeling location. There’s an amazing variety of fish and coral everywhere. After about an hour at the Reserve we motored over to Shark/Sting Ray Alley. Nurse sharks, sting rays and fish mobbed the stern of the catamaran as they competed for bait tossed by the crew—and we were allowed to snorkel among them! From there we went over to J. Chris’s favorite island, Caye Caulker. The average elevation of the Caye and islands like San Pedro is six to nine feet above sea level! After a great lunch at KoKo King Beach we walked around Caye Caulker and an area known as The Split, a channel opening between the two sides of Caye Caulker. Ron describes Caye Caulker as how San Pedro Island was 30 years ago. Dirt streets, friendly people, limited accommodations and idyllic ocean conditions. From Caye Caulker, we made our way back to San Pedro Island as the sun set. During the whole trip the crew served rum punch, beer and water and on the homeward leg, they served us some outstanding ceviche. After a little rest at the Villas, a few of the heartier crew ventured out to some of the clubs that dot the island. J. Chris and I opted to call it a night. Thursday, we took it easy, not venturing out until late morning when we wandered into town to get some cash and do a little shopping. At lunch time, we stopped at a great little restaurant, Waruguma, and enjoyed some outstanding food. Where else can one order lobster tacos for $9.00 US? Just as we were about to leave, we got caught in a downpour and decided to just wait it out. During our wait, I reflected on some of the great signs we had seen around. One said, “Dear Customer: Our Food is prepared at the moment of your order. Everything is FRESH. Thanks for waiting. Thanks for choosing us.” I particularly liked the Belikin beer sign that said, “no working during drinking hours.” We all got a kick out of the sign outside a gift and fragrance shop that said: “Smelly People Wanted.” J. Chris had hoped to have the opportunity to para- sail and that afternoon we boarded a boat on the Cove pier and headed out. The weather was a little glummy and the boat and crew questionable, but we didn’t let that keep us from taking to the air. One of our fellow thrill seekers, Marcella, soared high first and when she came back with a full grin, J.Chris and I were good to go. What a great experience! What we did not know was that while we were 200 feet up in the air, the com- puter which controls speed, direction, and height failed. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN Can you see the igwana in the mangroves? OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018 107