Thanksgiving on Ambergris Caye? Yes! Here’s How I Did Mine

In New Jersey, TGE (or Thanksgiving Eve) is a holiday when it is very popular to re-unite with your high school class.  Many reunions take place at the local town bar and some more formally – as an organized party. This year I missed my 25th Ridgewood HS reunion!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Instead, I was crafting for Cayo Frances Farm & Fly’s first Christmas tree.  And I was more than fine with the trade-off.

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Especially when I went for a walk Thanksgiving morning.

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The ornaments that they sell here in San Pedro are great.  LOTS of glitter and for my own tree?  Nothing could make me happier.  Last year I had a silver 5 footer with pink lights and lots of pink glitter.  But for a fly fishing camp I thought a bit more subdued would be better…

So shells, rubber starfish and lots of flyfishing flies.

We drove to town to pack up and head to the leeward side.

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Under the bridge and thru the lagoon behind town…

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we passed some fishermen feeding the scraps to the birds.

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Up about 10 miles on the west side of the island and thru a small cut to the Cayo Frances Lagoon.

The cut is quite deep and that is where the swim platform is…

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and then super shallow water…and so beautiful.

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First priority – Thanksgiving “Turkey Dinner Lunch”.  That is really what it’s called here.  For $15bzd ($7.50US) we got a few plates from Annie’s Pastries.  They had done over 200 for those who pre-ordered.  A taste of just about everything – from yams with marshmallows to delicious stuffing.

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Second priority – assembling the tree.

Three legged dog ornament for Elsie…

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and another view.  (I was quite pleased with the results)

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We then planted a small bunch of small spider lily bulbs that I had gathered on the beach…in the back of an area that had TONS of mature lilies.  I took a few of the offshoots.

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It’s a HARDY plant that does well with lots of salt.  Perfect around the little marsh area on the property.

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We assembled some of rock collections (from rivers and lakes recently visited) in beautiful bowls from Graniel’s Dreamland.  It’s one of my favorite shops in San Pedro.

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Hung some paintings that my friend Chuy painted.  He has a small shop in Sarteneja, Belize and his prices are EXTREMELY reasonable.

This beautiful paint of Sartenega fishing boats for the one of the bathrooms…

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A few smaller ones in the cabanas.

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And then I located my favorite spot on the property.

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A beautiful Thanksgiving in Belize.  Later in the afternoon, I headed back through the mangroves of Cayo Frances Lagoon.

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The water is no more than 3 feet deep back here…and sometimes just a few inches.  The trip must be done by a micro-skiff like this one…or by kayak.

Today, on Black Friday in the States, or just Friday here in Belize, it is pouring rain on Ambergris Caye.  The cisterns are overflowing.  A good thing.  I hope you all had an excellent holiday and ate to your hearts content.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

 






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  • Your tree looks great! Love love love the three-legged dog ornament. And that T-giving day lunch meal was an amazing deal and looked delish.

    • thanks – I was actually surprised that the tree is quite presentable. We will soon have a three legged dog ornament for Elsie and then a small orange dog with an underbite for the camp dog, Ginger. (Please don’t mention to anyone that her brother was eaten by a croc 🙁 )