Storms, Frogs That Sound Like Ducks and Floatchella 2022

Not much to do in the first half of last week as we had rain and thunderstorms that kept us indoors. One such storm woke me up at about 4 am with loud claps of thunder, flashes of lightning and hard rain, but also, the sounds of lots of not-very-happy birds and something that I’ve never heard before here in Placencia, and that is the honking sound of ducks (or something like that).

Unable to go back to sleep, I finally got up and went outside to see what these ducks looked like, but I couldn’t see anything that even closely resembled a duck. I assumed that they were huddled in the thick palm trees next door, and went inside to make coffee.

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Later on that day, I learned that it was not ducks at all, but frogs! There are frogs that make a noise that sounds like a duck! I learned something new.

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When it finally stopped and the sun came out, it was hotter and more humid than ever, so we went to the beach, of course.

And then I took a different route home and came across this mural

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Very cool. I was up early enough one morning to experience the beautiful sunrise over the Caribbean.

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Later on in the week, a lovely lobster dinner made by good friends, accompanied by wine (lots of wine). I haven’t had wine for a few weeks since it can be expensive, so this was a real treat for me.

On Sunday, the real fun began in the form of the annual Floatchella. Floatchella is a fundraiser for The Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department and is, basically, a floating bar crawl through the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea around picturesque Placencia. Floaties are tied to boats and pulled along stopping at various bars and restaurants along the way where rum punch is dished out before moving on to the next stop. I learned about it too late to participate, but I’ll be there next year for sure.

This year, it started at Doyle’s Smoke Yaad and Catering at around 10:00 am.

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First stop – The Other Side, INN Place and Poolside Bar

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where participants cooled off in the pool while sipping on rum punch. We were going to stop in for a dip ourselves, but it was pretty full, so we skipped it and went directly to the next stop, Yoli’s Over Da Water, to take advantage of the cool breeze and very cold beers.

About half an hour later or so, the boats and floaties started to come in.

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All sizes and shapes – dragons, flamingoes, a unicorn

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My favourite was the duck

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More rum punch, lots of socializing, and then they were off to their next stop, Placencia Yacht Club. We drove to where they would be coming in for their last stops – Tipsy Tuna and Barefoot Bar. These two places are right next door to each other, so we chose Tipsy Tuna for the live music, where we had a late lunch.

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It was a fun day and definitely one in which we’ll be participating in next year.

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