Monday, May 9, 2011

what's occupying my mind

With the wedding a month or so away, my mind is certainly more focused on the zillions of little projects I've committed myself to than on my garden or what I can whip up in the kitchen. In fact, my gas bill was at a record low last month because I hardly used my stove. I've been busy splitting our list of invitees into "yesses" and "no's" as I get reply cards back in the mail, being the guest of honor at a couple of bridal showers, putting together favors, finalizing details with vendors, applying for a marriage license, figuring out what song I want to walk down the aisle to, calling my parents often because I miss them, etc. etc. etc.

Usually when I have a lot on my mind I find solace in my garden. Not right now. What's the light at the end of the "omg there are a umpteen million things to do to finish planning this wedding" tunnel? My friends, it's planning the honeymoon (to Belize!!) And today, I put together a sample itinerary so I could make sure I budgeted the right amount of ka-ching. When it was all said and done, I was bursting at the seams with excitement. Allow me to share said travel plans....

Day 1: Arrive in Belize at 2:55pm. Hidden Valley Inn to pick us up from the airport. Dinner at the Inn. Do a little exploring as daylight allows, settle in to our room.

Day 2:  Free day. Unwind and rest from traveling, explore property some more if we want.

Day 3: Trip to Caracol (Mayan Ruins, still being excavated), Rio Frio Cave, Rio On Pools, and Hidden Valley Falls

Day 4:  Day at Butterfly Falls (I'd like to see if the inn will let us do the romantic lunch thing here instead of at Secret Pools. They give you a picnic lunch and sparkling wine and the falls are yours for the day).

Day 5:  San Ignacio (village with shopping and good food), Cahal Pech & Xunantuich (more Mayan ruins) and stop at the Mayan village of San Antonio on the way to or from.

Day 6: Breakfast at the Inn. Drive back to Belize City with stops at Belize Zoo, Caesar's Gift Shop, and Cheers for lunch (highly recommended by my uncle). Take the water taxi from Belize City to Ambergris Caye and arrive at Cocotal Inn.

While we're on Ambergris, we'll have to explore the island to get food since our Inn doesn't have a restaurant. I imagine we'll have some meals on the north of the island and some meals in the main city of San Pedro. We can cook if we wish b/c our room has a kitchen, however I feel like we probably won't want to do much cooking!

Day 7: Relax, + 1/2 day snorkeling at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a protected reserve where we can see sea turtles, rays, grouper, and huge schools of fish.

Day 8:  Full Day Trip of Snorkeling + Manatee Watch, lunch included

Day 9:  Take the water taxi to Caye Caulker for lunch and spend some time exploring.

Day 10: Free Day. Relax, explore, mourn the end of our honeymoon, and take a Romantic Sunset Cruise.

Day 11: Head back to Belize City for our flight home. Sniffle!

Doesn't that sound miraculous?

Back to the subject of gardening for one second. Dad, here is the proof that the tomatoes are flowering, and some other snapshots of recent garden additions:

brandywine tomato flowers look strange

cherry tomato flowers

chard is getting bigger

hello. I am an okra sprout.

...I planted too much basil in this pot. oops.
Alright folks. I'll be back with a full report from our tropical getaway. Off to finish wedding details, get married, and spend 10 days in honeymooning bliss. Don't expect any new posts until July.




Anonymous said...

SO EXCITING!!! And I need to post my tomatoes!! Mine are growing and I'm so excited I haven't killed them (and Rod would add "Yet" to that statement haha) Maybe we inherited Grandpa's genes a little :) I've also planted cilantro as well! Anyways, CANNOT WAIT only like 3 more weeks!

Meg said...

This is funny because yesterday I was reading your blog entries on Belieze and all of your adventures. I don't know what I'm more excited for; the wedding or the honeymoon!!

brian c. berry said...

you're gonna love belize. Shannon and I got to go for a day and did the cave inner tube thing while on a cruise with the Rabys a few years ago. Super fun place. One of those, "I could so live here" kinda places and one we thought we'd like to see again. I'm thinking your 10 days will trump our one for sure :). Oh.. and our bus broke down and we were stranded for like 90 minutes on some random gravel road. Memories.

Nina @ SLO Foodie said...

I know you won't get this until after the wedding and honeymoon (congrats, by the way!), but when you get back I would LOVE some gardening advice. Planting a veggie garden is on the top of my list for the house I move into in July. Let me know when you're back, have a great time!