Thursday, January 31, 2013

MORE Signs in Belize

This is a continuation of one of my most popular posts - Signs in Belize

Caye Caulker

Attack Conch!!

A reminder that it's better to arrive late than "DEAD on time..."

Woops.... a few too many letters in "Xunantunich"

No car baths in the river, please

Tapir Crossing - 
I missed the photo opp, but saw these signs along the Burrell Boom Road

Have you seen any fun signs in Belize that I've missed? 
Email them to me and I'll add them, with a shout out to you, to this post (since it's kind of short)

Help a Girl Out....

I never win anything.
Really - never.
I can't think of one thing I've ever won in my life - except for some ribbons when I used to enter horse shows and riding competitions, and maybe some sort of swimming awards at camp....

So... I guess I'm a liar. I have won a few things in my life. Those were things I had to compete for, though - I've never won a random drawing or door prize or anything like that.

What's the point of me telling you this?

Ian Anderson's Caves Branch is having a photo contest on their Facebook page and the person with the most votes gets an all inclusive 3 night stay in one of their jungle suites...
I'd like to win (and maybe get a blog post out of it) so I need your vote!

Step 1
Go to their Facebook page and "like" them.

Step 2
Click on "Win!" (that will bring you here)

Step 3
Click on "View Entries"

Step 4
Scroll all the way down the page - you'll have to click "show more entries" a few times before you get to my photo, which is this one:

Me at Caves Branch pool

 Step 5
Vote for me and know that you're awesome and good things will come your way for helping me :)

I'm at 11 votes right now.... WAY behind some dude named Artur, who has 186 - but I have faith in you.

You have a few weeks to vote (Feb 23, I think) but... honestly, why wait??
Thanks in advance for your help :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

What's Been Hiding in my Folders

Sometimes I take a shit ton of pictures and do nothing with them... they just sit around in a folder in my computer, being bored and getting forgotten about.
It's sad, really - so I'm going to give some of them a life here on my blog today.

Stuff I see in San Pedro:

Glen at work

 a wall of conch shells

A pretty path to the sea

 Pelicans.... just hanging out

The inside of the Belikin warehouse

Drunk people at work

a dude with a Didgeridoo

Random animal shots:

 Thelma - the blind, deaf cat being fostered at Lara's house

Twitty the Kitty - the only orange cat with a black nose that I've ever met

 a brave little bird.... he let me just walk up to him

Same guy

The annual Sad Bastard's Christmas Party at Pedro's...

 SO much food

lots of hungry people


The gift exchange

One of my favorite, regular hang out spots...

Average Joe's... they're Canadians, but they're cool

awesome bar food - including these fried, cheesy bacon mashed potato balls

... and the DITCH DOG - one of the main reasons I keep pushing off giving up meat.
A hotdog covered in Mac and Cheese. 

Other random ish...

 Los Caminantes - where you can buy beer and then....

Sit under a tree with other weirdos and drink it

This doesn't look very impressive - but it's the best cookie EVER. 
If you're cool, ask me about it and I'll tell you where you can get one.

Cool sunset-lit clouds

Caye Caulker hide out spot

the other side of the hide out spot

Just stewed chicken at Rico's... with a pretty presentation

Well that's all for now - I need to get out of the house for a little while (even if I get rained on) because the construction noise from across the street is driving me mad.

I know some of you have asked to see pictures of how my dreads are coming along - but I don't have any recent pictures yet. I promise I'll try to take a few soon.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Another Lesson Learned

When riding a bike with no front brakes and back brakes that aren't tight enough, don't go flying down the bridge and onto a road filled with potholes - you'll scare the crap out of tourists that think you're going to crash into them as they go for a leisurely stroll, and you'll scrape up your toes when you try to slow down...

From now on.... I'll walk the bike down.

A week with the 'rents - Belize Zoo and Altun Ha

As I mentioned in my last post, my parents and I went to the mainland one day to check out the Belize Zoo and the ruins at Altun Ha.

We woke up early (err... I woke up early, Bob and Ruthie got up at their normal time) and caught a 6:30am water taxi over to Belize City to meet up with our tour guide for the day.

Here are some pictures of the Belize Tourist Village along the waterfront as we were coming into the water taxi terminal:

the Baron Bliss Lighthouse

Plenty of bars...

 The "village" is only open on days when cruise ship passengers are around... so this news of Carnival Cruise line cancelling calls in Belize is probably a huge bummer to everyone who owns a or works at a store/restaurant there...

Carlos, our awesome tour guide, met us at the terminal and walked us a few blocks through road construction to get to his van, and then drove us through back neighborhoods and crazy traffic to get us on the Western Highway.

The day that we went (Thursday, January 10) happened to be the zoo's 30th Birthday, and they were in the process of putting up this new sign while we were there-

From the zoo's facebook page
(To read about how much I LOVE this zoo - "The Best Little Zoo in the World" - check out the posts from my first visit - HERE (part 1) and HERE (part 2))

Even though my mom isn't a huge "animal person," I knew she'd still enjoy walking around this unique property and checking out the wildlife of Belize.

A sleeping Tapir
Howler Monkey
The National Bird of Belize - the Keel-billed Toucan
A sleeping Ocelot

One of the smaller Crocs, cooling off
Jr Buddy (jaguar) waiting for breakfast
a pretty Parrot

Do you all know the story of Lucky Boy - the Black Jaguar that was saved by the zoo?
(If not, you can read about it here)

He (Lucky Boy) was busy flirting with Jr Buddy's mom, so I couldn't get close enough for a decent picture of him....

He looks like a bear with that big head and those thick, stubby legs!
(Check out those two posts I mentioned earlier if you want to see more pics of the zoo and it's animals, here and here)

After the zoo, we stopped for lunch in the village of Sandhill before continuing on to Altun Ha.

The zoo isn't listed on this map - but it's right about where the "W" in "Western Highway" is.

"Even though Altun Ha is small as compared to other ruins in the region, the extent to which the site has been cleared and restored makes it easy to imagine its past glory and wealth as a major ceremonial center. Plaza A is a large grassy area, surrounded on all sides by pyramids and is adjoined by Plaza B which contains the largest structure on the site, the Temple of the Masonry Altars, which rises 54 ft. above the plaza."

The view (and the breeze!) from the top of The Temple of the Masonry Altars is so cool... 
(but I think the one from Xunantunich is better. Don't tell Altun Ha I said that)

What's pretty awesome about Altun Ha, though, is that it's where the "Crown Jewel of Belize" was found.... 
"The most spectacular find here was a six-inch high (15cm), ten pound, jadeite carving of the head of Kinich Ahau, the Sun God, which was found in the tomb of an elderly male priest."

 The head now lives at the Museum of Belize and only gets to come out to play for special occassions - like the 10 year anniversary of the museum last February. Maybe I'll get to see it for the 15th anniversary...?