A Full Day Indeed
July 22, 2014
Ten p.m. It’s dark, and the night sounds of crickets are competing with the repetitive whirr of the oscillating fan,s which are helping keep our rooms quite pleasant. We are exhausted, which is reasonable considering our travel began at 5 a.m., and with the time change in Belize, it is really midnight to our bodies. Yet our minds are racing with excitement over the marvels we have seen so far in Belize.
We’ve learned a little about the history of Belize. We stopped in the village of Burrell Boom and saw the “boom,” or chain, which held back the mahogany logs when they were being harvested and transported by river downstream before being loaded onto boats.
At the Community Baboon Sanctuary we had an introduction to many medicinal plants, including the plant which is supposed to help cure warts. Chris volunteered to be an experimental subject.
Ron was the willing subject for having the pattern of the tattoo fern transferred onto his skin by its spores.
We found a Paraque nest and saw the solitary egg laid on what appeared to be a simple patch of ground.
We felt the soft leaves of one of the melostomes, and saw a Green-breasted Mango on her nest.
We also watched a troop of five black Howler Monkeys scamper through the forest. The dominant male vocalized with his loud grunting howls which reverberated in our chests. A youngster entertained us with his antics while his mother came fairly close to us in search of fruits on the tree nearby.
DuPlooys Lodge is a paradise. After our delicious dinner we went for a short hike walk, and spotted several interesting insects and a fishing bat.
We also found an Owl Butterfly, with a large eyespot on its underwings and a beautiful blue and yellow pattern on top.
So happy, but exhausted, we are climbing into our beds and looking forward to coffee and birdwatching at sunrise tomorrow.