Don't get me wrong - the destruction of your business is not an easy thing to witness; but crying never cleaned spilled milk. Strength and determination in the face of adversity is what must be brought to the table. So we brought it.
In case you've missed what happened over the past few days I'll give you a brief catch up - Hurricane Earl hit Belize; only a category 1, but it doesn't mean Mother Nature didn't inflict a lot of damage. We saw about 8 feet of storm surge and 75 mile per hour winds. There were 24 foot waves crashing on the barrier reef; had that reef not been there we would've all been swimming for sure.
Who wants a day by day? Well here it is -
Before the Storm:
|Rollers coming in about 2pm - 12 hours from Earl's arrival|
Wednesday - Earl is a Knocking:
|Enjoying a Coke and Cookies with Ash|
I came back to the empty shop several times that afternoon. Once to enjoy a coke and some cookies with my pal "Ash" as we studied the amazing surf breaking on the reef. When I was locking up the last time I dropped my keys - they went straight between the boards and into a very dark ocean. I promptly texted Germain, our accountant, to let him know I'd need his keys the next day. About 2 hours after I was watching from the relative safety of the sea wall at the Phoenix...watching wave after wave hitting our building at higher levels. I knew then that I wouldn't need that key in the morning...and I'd never see my favorite military boonie hat again.
|Huge surf by our measure - 1/2 mile away watching 15 foot rollers |
crash on the reef
Thursday - Earl arrives and leaves - and claims no lives!!!:
|Where once there was a lovely dock - there shall be again.|
Ecolgoic Divers 2.0 coming soon!
Surge was still rolling in, and the beaches were completely covered with debris. It's very surreal to walk a beach and see splinters of your shop scattered everywhere for nearly half a mile, then much more sporadically after that. This was largely a day of letting things sink in. Eric and I pulled boards from the surf and piled them on the sea wall, trying to just clear a little walk way and feel like we were helping somewhat. The shop was gone, but the boats were not. We reorganized around what we had left; securing the boats, and planning our next steps. We walked the beach and talked to our neighbors, trying to help and assuring that everyone was okay and accounted for. That done, we counted it a successful day.
The days since:
Now we re-build. Well tomorrow we sail, but then we demo/rebuild. For quick updates be sure to like and follow Ecologic Divers Facebook page - I'll be posting on there often.
If you want info on helping out financially see Tacogirl's blog about it by clicking HERE; also lots more photos and information as well. The best way you can help if you were/are planning a trip - JUST COME!!! BELIZE is ready people. Just come. Visit, explore, spend money! Give these communities a reason to keep working.
|Found my keys...|
And those keys I dropped in the ocean - the guys found them...but the door has seen better days ;)