Friday, February 24, 2012
Matt and Lenae were great. Matt is the same age as our son, Tim. I have to tell you that their energy level is much greater than ours, but what a lot of fun we all had. I had never been to Caracol, and that was one of the top things on Lenae's list, so Roger and I accompanied the kids on a tour. I was so glad that we took a tour rather than drive our truck. The road is long and rough, but the trip in the Maya Walk van was great. Lots of terrific information. The changes in the environment on the way up are startling and unexpected. I hadn't seen the pine forests of the Mtn Pine Ridge area. Of course they look rough because of recent fires, but having come from Oregon, I was disappointed in them. We passed thru and reached the jungle of the mountains. It was all incredible. I'm always so overwhelmed by all I see and then have trouble describing it. I'd make a terrible tour guide. We passed a huge abandoned camp with lots of buildings. Our guide told us that the government won't allow them to be occupied, moved or torn down. What a waste!
Of course, Caracol was fantastic. It's not a trip I'd want to make every day, but it's a trip I'm so very glad I made. I can't begin to keep up with the younger, stronger legs of my younger cousins, but had fun just looking and absorbing the beauty of the place. There are so many similarities with the Mayan sites and yet each is also different. What an incredible history.
On the way back we stopped at the Rio Frio cave which was so surprising and interesting. Then, down the road a bit were the Rio Frio pools. Wow, at the end of a long trip, this is a must see and enjoy spot. The pools are beautiful and the water so refreshing. This body doesn't get out in a bathing suit in front of others, but I would still recommend jumping in to the water for most folks. I felt I could just camp there (not allowed) for weeks and enjoy the cool and calm.
A couple of days later Matt & Lenae too a tour to the ATM Caves. They were thrilled with the experience and enthusiastically tackled every part of the trip. I have to state right here that Matt is a river guide on the Salmon River in Riggins, ID and Lenae works for the Idaho Fish & Game Dept., so this was all right up their alleys.
We let the kids use our old Trooper to explore around Cayo and then it was time for all to head home. The sad thing is that it took them over 1 1/2 days to get back to Idaho and a long day for Roger to reach New York. There lies the down side of living in Belize.
We were so happy to be able to share our little corner of the world with family and look forward to more visits.
I have to add that I lost a lot of my favorite photos. I still don't know how to manage all the settings on my camera. Darn! Just have wonderful memories.