Friday, June 27, 2008

Unbelizeable - Final Wrap Up

Ok, let's wrap up the Belize picture tour. I'll show you a little bit of things to see and do there because Belize is a place full of adventure if you desire it.

Errr...getting pee'd on by a Tapir isn't exactly an adventure. Fortunately we heeded the signs warning. Our guide said that many a tourist had been pee'd on though. Might make for one of those silly T-Shirts: "I got pee'd on by a Tapir in Belize and all I got for it was this Stupid T-Shirt"

Young Sabor trees start out with actual thorns on the trunk. I'd like to see a tree hugger tackle this tree! ha ha


Alright, alright. Seems Kan wants a current picture of me. Here I am with the son exiting hell. It's not bad in hell...pretty warm and they DO serve deviled eggs. Actually, we were inside a burial chamber in one of the Mayan ruins.

Here is the base of the Sabor tree. Note the odd smooth spines. This particular tree is probably 15 feet around.

This river was only 2-4 feet deep and a lot of fun to crawl around in with pools and waterfalls to slide down. Great fun on a warm day.

We had the chance to pick up local artists practicing the traditional Mayan art of carving slate using contrasting rock colors. They were really beautiful. I like to find a piece of original craft or art when I go somewhere.

We also had a chance to watch some local Mayan girls dance some of their native dances. It's nice to get an opportunity to blend in some with what is going on culuturally.

For fun, there is always zip lining through the jungle. This area had eight stations that you got to zip line through.

Belize isn't all jungle. Surprisingly, here is a pine forest. Heck, this looks like some parts of Oregon!

Here is the entrance where we went cave tubing. You could dump off from the side of the rocks and into a clear deep pool before getting on your tube. It was a blast. Very easy cruising and not scary at all. Quite peaceful.

We got a chance to go horseback riding through the jungle just within our Windy Hill Resort property. They have an amazing network of trails. Some open, some very thickly enclosed, rivers, ruins; it had it all.

Here's an undisturbed Mayan ruin that we stopped for a snack while horseback riding. It's right on the resort property! Very cool that they haven't done anything with it. It would be like finding it after 1400 years!

Ok, sometimes the bridges need a little bit of repair. We did actually walk across this! It was fun.

Here is the entrance to the cave canoeing. It also was very peaceful and quiet and it went in a long way.

Here is a little better shot of the cave entrance.

Inside the cave are an array of incredible limestone stalagtite and other features. The roof of the cave was sometimes several hundred feet high.


Here is a pot still in the cave from probably 450BC. The Mayans used the cave for sacrifices (suprise). It was considered very sacred to enter this cave. I would have considered it very fatal, personally.

Belize is home to the highest waterfall in Central America at 1000 feet.

Oh, and did I mention that off the coast is the Blue Hole. It's a premier diving location that is pretty unique.
Hope you enjoyed the Belize and Guatemala tour. Back to our regularly scheduled nonsense next week and I'll try to wrap up the requests that I have as well.

42 comments:

Bee said...

What a great vacation! Thanks for sharing those fantastic pictures.

Maureen said...

Wow, great photos! (And FINALLY a shot of you, you handsome devil, you!) ;)

Have you seen the new Indy film yet? While looking at these shots, that's all that came to mind. I love the artwork and the fact that so much is still undisturbed; what a beautiful country.

Megan said...

I'm glad this is over, because I don't think I can stand much more.

At least it's Friday, not Monday.

Very cool pictures, VE!

leelee said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!! these are great. I am really enjoying the summer here in blogland...all my pals vacation pics..

and it's cool to see YOU too!!


YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HUGS!

Kanrei said...

Not at all what I pictured. I kind of thought you were like me, ugly yet funny. How dare you be attractive with a sense of humor. How are those of us like me suppose to compete? I mean you already have women falling all over you here daily, now I regret asking for the photo. They will never leave here. Look at the reaction already. Damnit!! =P

Great shots.

Jacki said...

Yay. A picture of you. You are so normal-looking! Not at all what I expected. Ha!

I could look at all the pictures you have. I love exploring new places. What a vacation!

Memarie Lane said...

Somehow I had pictured you with man boobs. Why is that do you think?

VE said...

bee - Thanks. It's always fun to give a perspective of a place to visit

maureen - I know...FINALLY. Yes, I did see the new Indy film and it does remind me of there. We were wondering if there were any scenes done around there but I don't know where they shot it.

megan - Yep, that's it. Don't want to turn the blog into a travel blog...just on occasion.

leelee - See, I wasn't actually that naked blogger after all! ha ha

kan - Ha ha. I wouldn't say anyone is falling all over here...and if they do; they can get one of my weeble wobble products! You know, you asked for the pic. I was perfectly happy with everyone thinking I was that naked blogger. Well, perhaps not that...

jacki - Yeah, why does everyone think I'd not be normal looking? Ha ha. Could it be my posts and comments??? I'll agree with you; travel and learning new things is fun!

marie - Ha! Man boobs... Errr...not quite. Man pecs though. You took me for bald and fat with man-boobs, didn't you? I get such a great rep...could it be something I wrote??? ha ha ha

Anette said...

This looks like an exciting place! I love the photos, and wish I could go there some day!

leelee said...

Nor are you actually howdy doodie..I have to admit..my bubble has been burst..I've got this thing for puppets.

EmmaK said...

ooh I'm so jealous. I believe they let you become a citizen in Belize for $500. Tempted to emigrate?

Quickroute said...

Great Trip report! So where to next?

VE said...

anette - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

leelee - Sorry about that. Howdy had a few more freckles than I do.

emmak - Oh so tempted! If only I didn't have such a joint justody logistical nightmare...

quickroute - It will be awhile I am afraid now. I was going to Spain, Portugal and Morocco in September but now I'm building a house so that one got cancelled. Looks like it's the French Polynesia next spring. How about you, what's next up?

Memarie Lane said...

VE- I think it's your brand of humor. Fat guys are supposed to be jolly, you know? I definitely saw you with hair though.

GC said...

WOW
glad I tuned in for these pics
the horsetrail sounds like it was amazing

Queen Goob said...

Loblolly pines and red clay for dirt – looks like North Florida. Or maybe I live in Belize and don’t know it?

Looks like you guys had a great trip – thanks for sharing those great pictures and I’m SO glad you didn’t get pee’d on. And I enjoyed seeing the “real” VE as well. (I pictured you with more of a tan…)

Lakota said...

great pictures Mr. Hotty. I've enjoyed the pictorial trip with you very much... and no, not just the picture of you... though that was the cherry on top o' the whipped cream. ~wicked grin~

Jeff said...

Hey guy... sorry I haven't been around the last few days to provide my valuable smart-assed comments. I don't know how you've managed without them.

GREAT series! All the way around. And I too agree that it's about friggen time you showed your mug around here. Now I can visualize who I'm making fun of.

Kurt said...

What a nice triptych.

VE said...

marie - Well at least I have that going for me. ha ha

gc - It was; but I'll have a separate post about horseback riding coming soon. There is just too much to cover on that one!

queen goob - I normally would...about as tan as my little beach photo with the Howdy Doody disguise, but this was a wet miserable spring and then I got sunburned while snorkeling so I stayed hidden from the sun for the most part

lakota - Ha ha. You are so bad! Glad you like the pictures.

jeff - I know, I feel so lost. I thought you were traveling in North Dakota again and they wouldn't let you back across the border...

jeff - I take other peoples vacations on commission too!

lime said...

wow, that really looks like it was a fascinating place to go with lots of fun activities to mix in with cultural and historical discoveries in between relaxing at the beach. perfect! and they speak english!

quilly said...

Yes, but did you leave the beaten path? I went to Guatemala in 2001 and spent 11 days. Guatemala City and Antigua were pretty much what I expected, but real life in Quetzaltenango was an eye opener. Many businesses had armed guards. Two soldiers stood outside the doors to the national bank. We were allowed to enter one at a time.

I went to one of the local schools. The latrines were pipes raised from the ground, one for the boys, one for the girls. Each had three sided privacy walls. They were mere feet from the kitchen. The kid's had hot lunch daily -- black beans and bread (cooked in a big pot over and open fire) -- IF they brought a bowl and a chunk of bread from home, otherwise, just black beans.

The further one gets from the tourist trappings, the more grimmer aspects of life appear.

Anndi said...

You have a real head?!

That hole in the ocean... it's staring at me.

Serena Joy said...

Fabulous photos! That Blue Hole is just gorgeous. I DON'T think I'd care to walk across that foot bridge. Belize is a beautiful country. It was great finally seeing a picture of YOU, too.:)

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

That's gorgeous. I love the blue hole. Does that sound obscene?

G-Man said...

"Hello".. 'Hello,is this the America's Most-Wanted Hotline'?........

VE said...

lime - A very good blend of everything. Highly recommend it.

quilly - I always try to leave the beaten path somewhere. I've seen the type of simplicity and poverty you describe. I didn't really see it in Belize although I did see a lot of very basic living conditions and I'm sure the infrastructure behind them were poor. We will be sending down some toys this Nov as part of one of our guides efforts toward making Christmas a little merrier for many of the local kids. I only got to Tikal in Guatemala and I know Guatemala is much poorer than Belize. While I do a lot of touristy things, I'm not obnoxiously one; I usually choose lower key places to stay and blend my own adventures with guided and obvious ones. This trip, since I was traveling with my kids I chose to let it all be guided. Still, we went places where not everyone goes. The dancing we saw; only a couple of other non-Belizians saw that.

anndi - I know, I know; you all thought I had a box head...

sj - I kept thinking the board was going to break on that bridge!

arizona - I shocked to hear you talk about that hole that way! ha ha

g-man - Good one! That's the kind of sick twisted humor I like!

colbymarshall said...

SOOOOO jealous of the horseback riding. SOOOOOOOOOO jealous.

Alex L said...

Wow that blue hole looks incredible, did you do any diving when you were there. Incidentally I've never been pee'd on by a Tapir, and I'm quite happy about that.

The Vice Prizzle said...

Amazing!

VE said...

colby - I was soooooo sore from the horseback riding! ;)

alex - No, I don't dive, only scuba. Diving involves life risking equipment which would surely fail if I were to ever try it.

vice prizzle - Welcome. Thanks.

RED MOJO said...

I want to go now. It looks like there was so much cool stuff to do!

You must feel relaxed and rejuvenated and chock-full-o'funny!

Mr Farty said...

Hey, what's wrong with being bald and fat with man-boobs?

Anyway. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing.

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

It looks like an egg....as in fallopian tube egg thingy (you'd think I'd know my own anatomy better....)

Bonnie the Boss said...

Wow!!! It sounds like my kind of vacation. The Ruins are amazing!!! My boys would have love the zip lines. Who am I kidding I would love them too.
I have never even known anyone who has been to Belize. I have always had Norway and Scotland on the top of my places to visit. Now Belieze is there too. Thanks to you. They ought to be paying you for all the free advertizement.
I hate the heat, but I really want to go now.
Congrats on the upcoming wedding!!!

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

I have my own personal Mayan here at home to do my bidding.....some of the time, anyway.

Yeah, My Mexican born husband, Papi has strong Mayan ancestry. He's got a Roman nose but sadly his ears droop down just like the ones on all the Mayan statues. :)

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

I'm with the other ladies here, how come you're funny and HOT? That seems grossly unfair to the rest of us genetically challenged folks.

VE said...

red mojo - I definitely feel ready to tackle some new blog post ideas. Once I finish up with my requests that is

mr. farty - Nothing wrong with bald heads. I'm not so convinced about man boobs though. They're so impractical!

arizona - Well I'd certainly hope you know your own anatomy. You don't want to be wiping your foot with TP you know!

bonnie - Norway and Scotland are both on my list too. I've been around England but didn't get up to Ireland or Scotland so I have those to still visit and I've never been to the Scandanavian countries before.

elastic - Your husband... Well I hope he's not still doing sacrifices around the home! And as for me being hot...I certainly was in Belize... it was quite humid and warm...I felt hot all the time! ha ha

Bonnie the Boss said...

When I spent a year and a half in Scotland, I met a guy from Norway. He showed me pictures of the glaciers and I was hooked. When you go to Scotland let me know and I will give you the low down on some fun remote places.

Carla said...

Very cool pics! Looks like a fabulous trip. I might have to add this place to my already quite long list.

Mrs. R said...

I'm just now getting caught up on my blog hopping. Thanks for posting these pictures. They are amazing. I have now added Belize to my list of places to see.

VE said...

bonnie - I'll keep that in mind. I had a trip planned to Spain in Sep but had to cancel it as I'm building a house but I had Theresa, another blogger friend really help me on that one too

carla - You list might just be as long as mine!

mrs. r - Add it to the list!