An Un-Belize-able Vacation
April 2003

We stayed at Five Sisters Lodge in the Mountain Pine Ridge from April 10 – 15.  p1010175.jpg (242888 bytes)While at Five Sister’s we took tours where we canoed into the Barton Creek Cavep1010108.jpg (120974 bytes), saw the Green Hills Butterfly Ranchp1010120.jpg (179991 bytes), canoed the Mascal River, saw the Xunantunich Mayan Ruinsp1010139.jpg (259506 bytes), were awed by the 1,000 Foot Falls, hiked the Rio Frio Cave and swam in the Rio On Pools.   On our last tour, while traveling to Rio Frio Cave, Bob saw a black jaguar crossing the street in front of us.  The Belizean guide had never before seen a black jaguar in the daytime – what a treat!!  Unfortunately I let the bumpy ride lull me to sleep – I was much more watchful and alert after that! Each morning we woke up early and walked the nature trail or descended the 306 stairs to the island to swing in the hammocks and watch the sun come up.p1010160.jpg (271540 bytes)  On the nature trail, we saw leaf cutter ants, squirrels and butterflies.  On the island, we saw various birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and Jesus lizards.p1010166.jpg (274695 bytes) For the seaside part of our vacation, April 15 – 19, we stayed at Ranguana Lodge in Placencia.  This was a nice little cabana on the beach with a kitchen, bath, 2 beds and a deck with a hammock.  J  We swam in the Caribbean Sea, watched the sunrise and hung out in the hammock or on the beach.  p1010057.jpg (193128 bytes)p1010037.jpg (113720 bytes)We took two tours, a snorkeling trip to Laughingbird Cayeimage014.jpg (213089 bytes) and a hiking/tubing trip to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.  On the final day, Bob and I rented a kayak and explored the lagoon side of Placencia.  We were rewarded by seeing 2–3 manatees just feet from our kayak.  It was an amazing experience!  Overall our trip to Belize was full of adventure, fun and relaxation