Coral Gardens - Blue Cast Removed

How I Improved the Quality of my Underwater Photos

I’ve mentioned before that I have an Olympus Stylist Tough 8010 for underwater photography.  While the photos have always been a great source of memories for me, they have never been great quality.  I worried that I had purchased the wrong underwater camera when I compared my photos to some of the photos published by […]

Mother Nature Please Dismiss Winter

On Friday I took my dogs, Kinley and Aker, in for their spring haircuts.  Now just a few days later Mother Nature has decided that winter is not over yet.  I feel deflated by the sight of the one to two inches of snow in my backyard.  I wake up Kinley and Aker.  Even they […]

The Beautiful Frigatebirds of Belize

When Nowal, a snorkeling guide in Hopkins, took us out to the Belize Barrier Reef I didn’t expect to go birding as well.  But that’s just what we did.  After spending all day in the water enjoying the beautiful fish and coral, he said we’d be going to Bird’s Caye on our way back to […]

Don Corleone's Watermelon Salad

Tasty and Interesting Foods I Ate in Belize

I never intended for my blog to be about food, but as I’ve said before I love food. And travel includes a lot of new and loved food experiences.  I already told you about our lobster feasts and traditional Belizean Stewed Chicken yumminess, but I actually ate some other interesting and great tasting dishes in […]

Coconut Powder

Stewed Chicken with Rice and Beans in Belize

One of my missions for this trip to Belize was to enjoy more traditional food.  I started with the most logical option…finding the best Belizean Stewed Chicken with Rice and Beans.  In the first week of my stay in Belize I probably ate WAY MORE Stewed Chicken with Rice and Beans than any human should, […]

Garifuna Drumming in Hopkins

We had the opportunity to see the Garifuna drummers while we were in Hopkins at the Lebeha Drumming Center.  They are Belizean National Champions.  The type of drumming they do is traditional Garifuna and Punta Rock.  The group drumming for us were 12-13 years old.  We also got the extra treat of their instructors joining […]

Snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef

Note:  Resolution on all of these photos has been lowered for easier uploading.  Higher resolution photos will be posted to my Flickr account (alaskagirlatheart) at a later date. Yesterday was the first absolutely gorgeous day since we arrived in Belize a week ago.  The day before was pretty nice too, but the water was still […]