Our last day in Belize was lived in true Belizean fashion of not worrying about plans and calmly reacting to last minute changes. Because of the tropical storm in the area we couldn't go snorkeling as planned, nor could we stay at Pelican's Pouch. When Jeff told us this we were all disappointed, but he said we could probably take a tour of Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce factory and maybe snorkel for half the day if the weather got better.

We woke not sure of what we were doing, but ready to roll. As we said goodbye to Hopkins the hope of snorkeling began to fade as the clouds ahead of us grew darker.

low sun in the sky

We pulled into the Marie Sharp's factory ready for our tour. We were given highly fashionable hairnets that we wore for the whole ten minute tour that consisted of one big room where the vats and empty bottles were kept and filled, and the warehouse where the packed boxed anxiously waited to be shipped around the world. We learned that in this modest factory 12 different hot sauces are made by the same workers who also produce jams, corn chips, and pork rinds. After a quick visit to the gift store and taste testing many of the jams and hot sauces, we set out for Pelican Beach Resort.

Pelican Beach Resort, located in Dangriga, is Pelican Pouch's sister resort on the mainland. It opens up right onto the beach and has lizards running freely through the yards. After a delicious quesadilla lunch we were given free rein to swim, swing in hammocks, kayak, tan, read, and cut coconut's open with machetes. Well the last one was really only Meg C. It was peaceful day for everyone despite the few injuries such as Marta's knee being hugged by a jellyfish, but Dr. Jeff was there with his first aid kit and Arm & Hammer toothpaste to save the day. We ended our trip with a delicious dinner of shrimp kabob and a toast from Megan Ritchey. It's hard to believe our trip is over but, blub blub blub, I know we are all excited to come back home!

Melissa Weller '15