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August 1, 2012

We started the morning with a gorgeous sunrise over the reef crest and finished up saying goodbye at the Raleigh-Durham airport. After our final breakfast on the porch of Pelican’s Pouch we loaded up the boat and headed to Bird Island where we watched magnificent frigate birds and brown boobies as they soared, preened and watched us!

We had a quick stop at Pelican Beach Hotel then a two hour drive up the road to the airport. The countryside, which nine days ago seemed so foreign, was filled with now familiar cohune palms and cecropia trees. We were treated to a quick visit with Miss Lydia Wade, the host who took care of us for about 15 years at Warrie Head Lodge. She brought cashews for the group and special greetings to all of her North Carolina friends.

Transitioning from beautiful tranquil Southwater Caye to the hustle and bustle of the Miami airport was difficult, but we made it through and have arrived in Raleigh.

We had an extraordinary adventure filled with lots of laughter, learning and getting out of our comfort zones. Belize has provided us with new eyes for seeing the world, and will impact our lives forever.

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  1. Gavindra Bharrat permalink
    August 2, 2012 7:59 pm

    Hope it was a fun trip. šŸ˜€ What was the difference between the environment and people from Belize compared to NC?

    • August 4, 2012 8:17 am


      It was the adventure of a life time, we saw & experienced so much in each of the nine days we spent in this beautiful country it is hard to know where to start! We began in the jungle & moved to the pine ridge, which was in a lot of ways like our area here surrounding Hope Mills. Finally our last three days were spent on an island, South Water Caye, on the second largest barrier reef in the world. The water was a gorgeous variety of blue & the sand white unlike our brown tubid water & sand. Here we snorkled both during the day & night. The people of Belize were amazing, many are of Mayan & African descent and everyone we met was friendly, very kind people:0)

      Ms. Tracie Roseberry

  2. Emily Barnard--AP EES Duffer permalink
    August 4, 2012 3:50 pm

    Did you experience Biophilia on this trip? Do you think there will ever be a possibility of having a teacher–students summer trip for Environmental Earth Science classes to Belize?

  3. Mattie Vorder Bruegge permalink
    August 5, 2012 6:01 pm

    Darn you Gavindra! You always write exactly what I was just thinking. Ms. Roseberry, did you have any regrets regarding the trip? What was your favorite part?

    • August 7, 2012 5:18 pm

      I have absolutely no regrets, we did and experienced so much in any given day I felt as though I was living life to it’s fullest!!! As far as the places we went the Rio Frio Cave was amazing with its large opening, river running through it and the colony of bats we discovered. The Belize zoo was also at the top of the list as Sharon Matola personally introduced us to all of her children (jaguars, tapirs, Harpy eagle, macaws …). I almost cried when we met Lucky a black jaguar rescued from a resort in Mexico who was emaciated but on the mend, he could not be in better hands. We were also introduced to Happy the Barn Owl that was raised from an eaglet & who sways to the music of Mozart. Never mind petting & feeding Junior Buddy the jaguar. Oh you will hear & see more when school begins – believe that :0)

  4. David Guzman permalink
    August 26, 2012 2:51 pm

    I read that the call of a Keel-Billed Toucan can be heard within a half mile radius. What was the soundtrack of the rain forest like when yall were there? The only animals that can be heard in Hope Mills are barking dogs. Surely in an environment less disturbed, with a high rate of biodiversity, lesser human activity, and an all around more peaceful habitat one can better appreciate the sounds of nature.

  5. Barbara Sanders permalink
    August 1, 2013 8:04 am

    Welcome home!

    • lizbaird permalink
      August 1, 2013 11:52 am

      Thank you! We are all happy to be home but missing our Belizean friends. Saying goodbye at the airport was tearful for many of us. We look forward to sharing our adventures with everyone and posting more photos now that we have faster internet!

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