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Where in the World is Another Shade of Blue?
August 24, 2011
Belize: Belize is a developing 3rd world country governed by a monarchy and a part of the Commonwealth Realm led by Queen Elizabeth the 2nd. It was previously acknowledged as the British Honduras and received independence on September 1981 from the United Kingdom. Belize is located south of Mexico and east of Guatemala and is the only Central American country not on the Pacific coast. Belize has three main diverse zones of geography; there are the beaches, the mountains, and the rainforest. During my trip to Belize, I will be traveling through each geographical area at stations like Pook’s Hill, Pine Ridge, and the University of Belize. This country’s capital is Belmopan although its largest city is Belize City. Though the rainforest and mountains may seem fun there are coral reefs and islands to explore near the coast of Belize. That is also where most of the population lives even though there are only 300,000 people living in Belize. Most of Belize’s economy is powered by farming and tourism. Sugar, citrus fruits, and bananas are some of the main crops farmed in Belize. Most of this farming occurs near the Belize River and the Caribbean sea where the land is most clear of rainforest and mountains. The main and officially oral language of Belize is English although many people commonly speak Spanish. The native Belizean inhabitants also speak many various Mayan languages. Almost all of Belize is Christian although there are some Buddhist and Taoist immigrants. Although Belize’s soccer team is the last ranked national team, their Cricket team is quite excellent winning the first Central American Cricket Championship and placed fifth in the ICC Americas Championship. Belize is a grand place for everybody and has little crime.
Grand Cayman: Cobalt blue waters, lion fish hunting and a three chef cook-off are featured in this exciting episode of Another Shade of Blue. Ty’s Grand Cayman adventures include a visit with Nancy Easterbrook where he learns about her eight year endeavor to get a U.S. navel submarine rescue ship, the Kittiwake, sunk. The Kittiwake artificial reef has become a premier dive destination. Grand Cayman is one of Ty’s favorite islands to visit and our viewers will see the true beauty of this tropical paradise located in the Caribbean.
Puerto Rico: Coming Soon!
Hawaii’s Big Island: First we slip beneath the sea at night for a graceful encounter with the majestic manta ray. Then it’s off into the highlands for a six wheel drive Pinztrek adventure to find the Big Island’s hidden waterfalls and taro fields. Next we visit a coffee plantation with 83 year young Mamma Lilly Kong. Lastly we meet Grammy award winning slack key guitar artist John Keawe and Dave Gomes the man who creates the guitars that John uses for his traditional island style.
French Polynesia: Join Ty as he leaves the confines of Papeete behind to discover the Tahitian jungle that enshrouds the primordial Pampenoo valley. Then its’s diving off the airport’s runway for a photo shoot on a sunken PBY seaplane. Next up is a short ferry ride to Moorea where we discover hidden pineapple fields by ATV, dive with sharks and rays and meet famed tattoo artist James Samuela.
Our second Tahitian episode starts on Huahine where we tour the island first by boat, then by horse and finally on foot where we visit some of the largest ancient archeological sites in all polynesia. Next stop is Rangiroa. On this archipelago of innumerable islands we’ll dive Tiputa pass where the current pushes you along at five knots as you watch the ocean floor zoom underneath you. We’ll also get into the black pearl culture while in the Tuamotu Islands. We’ll dive right on the farm, pick our own pearl oysters, and see what we get. We end our second Tahitian episode on our own luxurious private island Motu Teta.
Florida Keys: The Florida Keys beckons the Another Shade of Blue crew with its very own list of legends. We dive off Islamorada key with the artist Wyland to gather inspiration for his unique ocean inspired art. Next we visit Key West to tour the home of another keys legend, Ernest Hemingway where Ty gains his own inspiration from Papa’s original typewriter. We later visit the Mel Fisher Museum to meet the great treasure hunter,’s grandson Sean who tells the tales of how his family found one of the largest spanish treasures in history. Lastly we meet the man, Joe Weatherby, who spent 13 years to bring a legend to the keys, The Vandenberg underwater artificial reef.
Catalina Island:Join Ty Sawyer on Another Shade of Blue as he visit’s Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California. Buffalo chases, menacing creatures growing in the ocean and underwater metal detecting while diving for treasure, all in a week’s work for our host, photographer and writer, Ty Sawyer.
Southern California:Join Another Shade of Blue with Ty Sawyer in Southern California as Ty discovers a hidden gem, the Temecula wine country, set halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Ty takes a breathtaking balloon flight over the vineyards and speaks with local winemakers about the history of wine making in Southern California. Ty meets up with the Scuba Diver Girls in San Diego and photographs the women with a group of seven gilled sharks in La Jolla Cove, a rare event and quite breathtaking. Ty interviews former Olympian Corran Addison of Imagine Surf and learns the basics of stand-up paddle boarding in Dana Point, Ca. A beautiful blue episode, please come join Ty as he discovers Another Shade of Blue in Southern California!
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