When you run an eco-resort in Belize you really learn to appreciate the value of a wonderful guest. What qualities do wonderful guests possess, you might ask? Well, to start with, they have to have a great sense of humor. This is key! You must keep us laughing to keep us happy, don’t you know. And you want to keep us happy, because we are in charge of keeping you happy! What a great system.
And, wonderful guests are flexible. They don’t mind not having a private restroom, and they are game for any crazy idea Victor, Charlie, Matt, Mark, or Joelle might come up with to keep everyone entertained when it’s blowing 25 mph and is a *freezing* 65 degrees out (yes, even Paradise can have bad weather sometimes).
Wonderful guests are also easily entertained! Get them to search for a fast hermit crab by headlamp, then give them some duck tape and a marker to name their crab with, and run a race, and they are EXTREMELY happy for at least 30 minutes!
Another great thing about “my” guests (yes I do feel somewhat possessive) is that they stay in touch! It’s fabulous to hear from everyone on and off over the years. Yesterday I heard from Dick Head of Windsor, CA (he is fond of running up to people he is just meeting and saying “Hi! I’m DickHead!). He and his wife Jan joined us on 4 trips between 1992 and 1999. Even though I didn’t speak to him (it was an email), I can say for certain that he hasn’t changed A BIT.
And then there are the two New Yorkers who joined us a couple of years ago… Vladimir Brezina and Johna Johnson are NYC sea kayakers. I’ve heard their stories, and their lives sound FANTASTIC, but now I can get more of the scoop on paddling around, ALL the way around, Manhattan. They have a new blog about kayaking New York City! Check it out!