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Day 6: Ben’s Bluff Waterfall and Paradise Bound

July 30, 2012

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From Dacia, Ashley, Andre, Tracie

Well we had to work to get there, mud and incline and all, but so worth it. Earlier in the morning on our birdwalk trek before breakfast it rained in the rainforest- “Who’d a thunk?” The waterfall was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Everyone posed under the falling water. We had so much fun we decided to create a calendar of our educators. Of Excellence. Will took August, Andre October , Dacia April, Carlene wants June and Liz did not care as long as she had a cohune palm frond leaf cover!

On to the Caye!

To see the group on the “bus” (actually a boat!) to the island, those poor unfortunate souls, including Nathan, were soaked, but in comparison to our bumpy rides inland the boat ride through the sea was great. We watched a rain and thunderstorm off to the north while heading out. Right before our evening meeting all you could see were snorkels above the water as we viewed the amazing fish below.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Gavindra Bharrat permalink
    July 31, 2012 5:09 pm

    How did the people inland live? They must be malnourished to some degree because the lack of edible vegetation…

    • August 4, 2012 9:43 am

      Andy,

      There were definitely areas of poverty that we saw as we traveled from destination to destination but what was interesting is that the diet is probably much healthier than that of the average American. The Beilzean diet consists mosly of rice & beans, chicken, and fruit. They eat more whole foods not processed. Very little dairy – milk, cheese – a wide variety of fresh fruit & juices, fish & occasional beef. The people live very close to the land. Most people have some sort of farm & fresh water cisterns to collect rainwater for all their water needs. Many places use solar energy and there are few plug outlets for electrical appliances, two of the three palces we stayed had no plug outlets available to us for the most part. Air conditioning is very rare, for us only on the bus we traveled throughout this gorgeous country on. To be honest did not really miss it as we stayed on the go until about 10:00 pm each night.

      • Mattie Vorder Bruegge permalink
        August 5, 2012 2:38 pm

        Considering that the people live so close to consistent rainfall and decent sized bodies of water, couldn’t the people make use of hydropower as well as solar power? In fact in a rainforest, isn’t there usually more water than light? I could be very wrong.

  2. July 31, 2012 8:18 pm

    This adventure must have been a lot of fun. Hope you get to play a bit more before leaving tomorrow. I’d personally trade a wet boat ride any day over a bumpy bus run on those back roads in Belize. Hoping someone will post a really cool butterfly or odonate photo? Anyone going to smuggle me some home made fresh coconut macaroons to bring back?

    • Meg permalink
      August 3, 2012 10:59 am

      Kevin probably has some great butterfly and odonate pics!! as for the coconut macaroons, sorry but we didn’t find any…:( Meg

  3. Shawn witter permalink
    August 8, 2012 2:09 pm

    was there enormous amounts of mud? or was it just tough to manuever through

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