Thursday, June 26, 2008

Unbeliezable - Into the Mainland

Ok, now we move into the mainland of Belize. Belize is a small country. You can drive across it in just over 2 hours...which is pretty much a typical daily commute to work in California.

Now one of my readers pointed out that while my last pics were nice, the post wasn't funny. Of course, I do write a humor blog but I have no affiliation with anything that actually states my blog must be funny...it just has to be nonsensical or fantastical. Or full of gnomes...

But I like to appease reader's request and suggestions, and so I was prepared...even on vaction. I humbly present this:

That's right...found at the airport in Belize City. If find it quite funny that there is severe weather in the women's bathroom. Fortunately I couldn't go in...I don't EVEN want to know...

Along the road I noticed that the graves had arisen from the ground and zombies were pawing after our vehicle. Oh wait...that was one of the Living Dead movies...probably Night of the Still Living Greatful Dead or something like that. No, because it is swampy, they bury the dead above ground. Just remember to die in nice underwear...

No take a look at the hill on the right. Does it not look like a giant laying down and looking up to the sky? No...I hadn't sampled the local plant life yet...

There are a lot of animals that live in Belize. This is a Tapir. It's their national animal. It's also known as a jungle cow. Somehow jungle cow just sounds like an oxy-moron...

Yeah, they got turtles too. I thought it was a cute picture. So there!

There are alligators around, but only in the lowlands. Much of the areas we floated through were clear safe waters.

Belize is home to several big and small cats. This one is an Onyx and they sleep during the day. Glad they don't toss and turn!

The Jaguar is probably the most famous cat they have. This was one that they were trying to reintroduce into the wild...

Now your typical traditional housing is on stilts. They do this by necessity in the lowlands due to the water but they seem to do it up in the mountains too and it's not really necessary. Places are modest and small. Sometimes a piece of property will have several due to extended families living there.

The Sabor tree is sort of sacred. It's also huge. I thought it was pretty interesting; not something you see just anywhere.

No, this isn't you're Mayan version of the daily throne. This is a sacrifice stone. Trust me...you do not want to end up on this stone. There were many of these all along the base of the Mayan pyramids and buildings.

Here's a shot in Tikal in Guatemala to give you an idea of size. These pyramids are pretty impressive. They are about 1300 to 3000 years old.

The steps are quite steep as can be attested by the girlfriend...

Some of the buildings aren't open to being able to climb. Others they've build some additional wooden stairways to ascend to the top.

Here's a view from the top. Recognize this view? That's because George Lucas used it in Return of the Jedi (for the forrest moon). Now you'll all have to pull out your Star Wars film and validate that...ha ha


45 comments:

Bee said...

That picture is hilarious!!

I’m assuming they’re just talking about our “ladies days” ;op

The other ones are beautiful!

VE said...

bee - There weren't any special weather reporters standing outside of it that I could ask so who knows!

Queen Goob said...

I'm just guessing but I think many a woman can attest to the cyclonic results of bean burritos. That sign was dead-on!

VE said...

queen goob - This is women are from Venus. It's constantly storming there and we men really don't know what's going on beyond it. Same with this bathroom

Kanrei said...

That picure is great, but I don't mind you not being funny always...I am used to that =P

Great pictures, but we need one, just one, of you. I need a face to put with the name and not that horrid Speedo shot.

VE said...

kan - Nice try...the corporate work pirates are watching! It's like that movie Enemy of the State...stay off the grid. And where is a pic of you on your blog, my friend?!

cathouse teri said...

So cool! And I think it's just darling that you have a fifteen-year-old girlfriend! :)

justacoolcat said...

That severe weather sign is just so the ladies can say it was a thunderstorm and not farting.

VE said...

teri - You know you just made her day now. ha ha She's actually 44!

justacoolcat - You mean women don't fart, they thunderstorm? I'd always heard they down't sweat either...they glisten

Nessa said...

Interesting how you refer to your girlfriend as "the girlfriend" and she looks spectacular.

That sign on the ladies room is to prevent women from being sucked down the toilet when you flush.

she said...

no! i totally remember that shot from star wars. where were you to shoot that? on top of the pyramid? im moving to belize. tomorrow. like that tapir. i do.

VE said...

nessa - Well of course she looks spectacular. But after 22 Jul I'll have to refer to her as the wife.

she - Yes, it was shot from the top of one of the pyramids. Pretty cool, huh?

Kanrei said...

And where is a pic of you on your blog, my friend?!

Right here is an older one from 1995.

Here is another

Your turn =P

Megan said...

I thought the turtle picture was cute, too.

Tracy said...

You took some really beautiful pictures there.
The one with the bathroom sign was hilarious. I'm curious to know what kind of weather was going on in there.
And I saw the giant too, without plantlife either! Although, I did just take a pain pill so maybe that's it.

Lori said...

I love that Sabor tree - looks like something the evil witch might have growing in her garden.....

Serena Joy said...

Great pictures. I especially like the wildlife shots -- and the pyramids -- and the crypts. Oh, hell, I like them all. I don't even want to know what was going on in that womens bathroom. LOL. Now -- where are the gnomes? I know you know about my gnome fetish.:)

VE said...

kan - Alright, alright. Hold yer horses. I'll round one up. Sheez.

megan - At least somebody else likes the turtle!

tracy - Vindicated...doh, then you went and told me about the pain pill...

lori - It was an unusual tree. I'll have to post a better picture of the trunk, the base was very odd looking

sj - I know about the gnomes. Those pranksters. I have so much trouble rounding them up you know.

Kurt said...

Love the sleeping Onyx. You can skip the funny any time you have pics that great.

Jacki said...

Oh man, I love those pictures of the pyramids!! So like, at the bottom of that one with all the sacrifice stones, would they sacrifce all the people at once?? Pretty scary!

And I do recognize that shot from Star Wars. Totally cool.

I like the turtle, too.

I gotta ask...was the trip expensive? I gotta go to Belize.

Jacki said...

Oh, and btw. I second Bee....it is a warning for men to be alert on certain days. During those days Peter knows not to question anything or make any sudden moves, else I'll tear him a new one.

The Intracerebral Itinerary said...

I'm jealous- I've wanted to go to Belize since I was little. My Sunday School teacher, Manny, was from Belize, and he talked about it all the time.

Love your pictures!

The Intracerebral Itinerary said...

Oh, and that sabor tree looks like a cataclysmic collision of a hundred giant mosquitos. Does it have any medicinal properties?

VE said...

kurt - Thanks for the hall pass on occasion

jacki - Well, of course, the airline was a bit for me because I'm coming from Portland. You can get rooms on Caye Caulker for $20-80 a night. The resort inland was an all inclusive called Windy Hill and it was probably more spendy if you're looking for inexpensive trip but if you can afford it; it is divine. The guides only get tipped about $10 for a day. You can get 7 bananas for $1 fresh and the dinners were in the $5-15 range. Oh...and I'll bet Peter stays clear...we all learn that! ha ha

intracerebral - That's a good question about medicinal properties. One of our guides spoke about a man there that uses many things in the jungle and doctors, etc. have consulted with him because he has cured types of cancer among other things. Probably not a total remedy for everyone but somebody to look to as an alternative source for big medical issues. I found it fascinating.

cathouse teri said...

VE: Yeah, that's cool ~ she's gonna look young for a long, long time. It's odd, when you're young, it sorta pisses you off when people think you look younger, but as you age, you are glad you do! ;)

Sully Sullivan said...

I'm jealous of you. Tremendous pictures. I need a vacation.

Oh and I would have went into the bathroom. I'm sure Belize jail isn't so bad...

angie said...

I hope you steered the girlfriend clear of that bathroom, too. :) I'm really enjoying these Belize posts.

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

Ah, yes, the Star Wars connection. I knew there was a reason why I've always felt a connection with Belize.

I love the women's restroom sign. Too funny! And they say women don't fart.....

VE said...

teri - Yeah, exactly when does that happen? 20? 25? 30?

sully - I was just saying, Sully, you need a vacation! Be sure to put the restroom and jail into your itinerary...

angie - No, she actually went to investigate but I don't have a clearance high enough to know the details...I'm on a need to know basis of course.

arizona - Strangely, I didn't see a single Ewok though

Chris C said...

A tree with fur? Tombs used as Jersey barriers? A jaguar taking a crap? Tornadoes in the bathrooms?

What kind of vacation destination is this??!!

Actually now that I think about it, Belize sounds right up my alley.

VE said...

chris - Ha ha ha. Now THAT is a VE type comment if I ever saw one. Very good!

Alex L said...

Whats with white people and wanting to climb things... I reckon I must be the only one that doesnt see the point, the Australian Aboriginals prefer it if you dont climb Ayers Rock, but still every year people climb up it. But having said that that view was very nice from up there.

Preposterous Ponderings said...

It appears it must get quite ummmm windy in the ladies restroom.

lime said...

belize women must be known for some pretty horrific PMS is all i can say. and jungle cows? sounds like a far side comic to me.

Maureen said...

Okay, I'll be the Star Wars bitch and slightly correct you. That's not the forest moon of Endor; he used it for Yavin IV in the first (er, fourth) crap, (er, original) Star Wars movie.

I recognized it immediately, which is so, so sad.

I am such a loozer...

Beautiful photos, VE. What a great trip!

Quickroute said...

Presume you got plenty of exercise then! - Those steps are a killer!

VE said...

alex - Hey, the Mayans made it...they're not "white". We simply climbed it to see why they wanted to live clear up there. It was only for the "upper" class though!

perposterous - You know women can get sociallizing...

lime - Yes, jungle cows would make an EXCELLENT far side cartoon.

mareen - Ha! Leave it to you to get that right. You should go give the guides training. I knew I'd seen it in the movies but apparently they got it wrong and I didn't know the movies THAT well.

quickroute - You should know buddy! You were there just before me! Actually, it was the horseback riding that wiped me out. Damn horses! I'll be having a blog post sometime about that.

GC said...

maybe parents in the mountains built their houses on stilts so their kids wouldn't get teased

Sunshine said...

You mean there isn't a real forest moon of Endor?

VE said...

gc - Peer pressure huh? Makes about as much sense as anything I guess...

sunshine - Sad...I know.

RED MOJO said...

Ha! Severe weather area! A shit-storm is coming!

Love the pics and info, and now that I know you took the kids, I like you even more!

Bonnie the Boss said...

The Mountain does look like a giant.
The severe warning was really funny. Thanks for thinking of us even on your vacation.
I don't always expect you to be funny. I think you take great pictures too.
Jungle cow...hee, hee, hee.

VE said...

red mojo - I make it a point to take the kids one place every year. They are quite the international children. I think it gives them a good perspective of more than just the USA. Not everyone needs to behave as ridiculously as we do and they should be afforded the oppourtunity to see different lifestyles and cultures.

bonnie - Yes, Jungle cows...they're the latest thing!

Carla said...

Cool, cool, well, aside from the severe weather situation in the women's washroom. Wouldn't want to be caught up in that.

VE said...

carla - That's why they post the sign (I think...)