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Trip to Belize

Stacy and I took a trip to Belize! 138 photos
March 10, 2010
Wake Up Call
10 Mar 2010 - 03:35

We had to wake up around 2:00am to catch our flight out of Boston. Neither of us actually slept that night.
Early Morning Airport
10 Mar 2010 - 05:51

Waiting in the airport the lack of sleep began to hit me. But Stacy seemed just fine!
Vehicle Inspections?
10 Mar 2010 - 15:12

Guess Belize doesn't have very strict vehicle inspections.
Not so distant mountains
10 Mar 2010 - 15:13

Some really cool mountains along the way to where we were staying. The white area is a lime stone query I believe.
Road to Paradise
10 Mar 2010 - 16:05

... was a little bumpier then I expected.
Food!
10 Mar 2010 - 20:43

After a long day of traveling, the food was awesome! I hadn't had Fanta in a bottle in years!
Dinner Guest
10 Mar 2010 - 21:53

Our "resort" was not sanitized from the jungle, so lots of lizards and bugs joined us for dinner every night.
Foggy early morning drive
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We had to wake up at 4:30am to drive to Guatemala, it was a three hour drive.
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Temples from a distance
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Endor?
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This is where one of the wide shots for the Endor (Star Wars) was actually shot. In the distance you can see two other temples that we would hike to later in the day.
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Orange Grove
12 Mar 2010 - 11:31

En-rout to our caving expedition!
Small Orange Trees
12 Mar 2010 - 11:38
Entering the river
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At the mouth of the cave
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Entering the Cave
12 Mar 2010 - 12:07
A Bat!
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Crystal Ceiling
12 Mar 2010 - 12:32

Not actually crystals, this rock ceiling always is covered with tiny water droplets that make it look sparkly.
Treking Deeper
12 Mar 2010 - 12:39

We had to get out of our tubes at points when the river was too shallow.
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Mayan Fire Pit
12 Mar 2010 - 12:59

This is an actual Mayan fire pit. The stones are in the exact place they have been for over a thousand years. Mayans light fired here to burn incense and blood. In the middle are some shards of Mayan pottery used in rituals which we were allowed to hold.
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Mayan Pot
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large shards of a ceremonial Mayan pot that was found scattered around the caves.
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Cave Fish
12 Mar 2010 - 14:43

We ate lunch deep with in the cave on a small sand bar in the river. A school of fish gathered around the sandbar while we ate.
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Meta-God
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Mayan Fertility God
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This cave was where Mayans came to pray for fertility. They carved this out of the wall.
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The Bat Cave!
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I see the light!
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Orange Grove Bus Ride
12 Mar 2010 - 16:09
The Might Caves Branch River
12 Mar 2010 - 16:11
Green Headed Snake!
12 Mar 2010 - 16:52

This little guy lived right by the steps to the pool.
Monkey Poop
12 Mar 2010 - 22:21
Lots of Bugs
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Grasshopper eating another Grasshopper
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The up (from the top)
13 Mar 2010 - 11:54

Some Cave's Branch employees built these railings for when it rained and things were muddy, but they were pretty helpful even when it was dry :P
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13 Mar 2010 - 12:08
Our Guide
13 Mar 2010 - 12:18

Just hiking through the jungle to our repel spot
Long Shot
13 Mar 2010 - 12:26

This is a long shot across the cavern, you can see the place we repelled from by the reddish dirt on the rocks.
Two Intrepid Explorers
13 Mar 2010 - 12:42

In the background you can see the other side of the cavern where people are already repelling.
Repell Station
13 Mar 2010 - 13:27

This is the highest point above the cavern, the last people of the previous group are preparing to repel.
Stacy is over the edge!
13 Mar 2010 - 13:48

Considering Stacy's fear of heights, I was extremely surprised by how quickly and easily she went over the edge, but I think the reality of it began to hit home soon after :P
Don't look down? Ha!
13 Mar 2010 - 13:48

Who wouldn't want to look down!
Stacy finially looks down!
13 Mar 2010 - 13:52

After telling me "No!" and "Shut up!" several times, Stacy finally looked down
She's starting to get the hang of this!
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Haven't gone far yet
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Looking up
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At the bottom
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The base station for the repelling
Hiking inside the cavern
13 Mar 2010 - 14:08

This had been one huge cave, but some time a few million years ago a massive section of roof caved in, that is what we were repelling into. The area that caved in was so large that there is a small jungle down there!
Climbing to the lunch spot
13 Mar 2010 - 14:11

We climbed a bit to get to our lunch spot just inside the cavern.
The way in
13 Mar 2010 - 14:53

This path below us lead into one of the deepest cave systems in Belize. Cave's Branch does a "Honey Moon" trip where you repel down and hike to this path like we did, but then they guides leave you, and you hike 2km into the cave till you find candles by a underground lake. There is a tent, champagne, food, everything for you to spend the night, just the two of you. Sadly we only got to eat lunch by the entrance.
The Pool Bar!
13 Mar 2010 - 16:39

Sitting at the pool bar over looking the water fall to the next pool.
Shower with a view
13 Mar 2010 - 17:35

Our personal leaky bucket shower!
A snake joins us for breafast
14 Mar 2010 - 10:07

Someone caught this snake next to the place that we eat, and brought it over for everyone to see.
Ready to Strike!
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He's tired...
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Leaving isn't as fun
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:(
Convience Store
14 Mar 2010 - 10:31

Coke is big in Belize.
One Last Look
14 Mar 2010 - 13:53

One last look at the coast of Belize as we flew away.