Showing posts from June, 2014


"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I exited Belize Zoo I had more time on my hands than anticipated so I decided to diverge from my original itinerary. First, I stopped at Cheers, an open-air restaurante/bar, where signed T-shirts from colleges around the globe hung from the rafters.  Coincidentally, I happened to choose a table under a dingy white shirt from my alma mater.  Next, instead of  driving directly to San Ignacio as planned, I wanted to brave the infamous Chiquibul (pronounced "cheek-ee-bool") Road in search of Five Sisters Falls, Big Rock Falls & Rio On Pools -- connected rock, swimming holes. As I drove into Cayo District, the horizon was broken up by dark green hilltops, though the land immedia…


"He prayeth well, who loveth well both man and bird and beast."
-- Samuel Coleridge  [Rime Of The Ancient Mariner]

Driving in Belize continued to be an experience, as proven on the early morning haul from Orange Walk to Hattiesville. Aside from the omnipresent, unmarked speed bumps, I encountered fog, children on the side of la autopista a.k.a. the highway dancing like Michael Jackson as vehicles whooshed by, blockades of cattle, mopeds & people waiting for the bus.  Unknowingly, my car was spit onto the Western Highway & ended up at the Belize Zoo twenty minutes prior to its opening. When traveling, I always arrive early -- first -- to avoid the hordes of people.  Tuesday through Thursday, cruise ships dock in Belize City, sending thousands of pushy tourists to the country's best attractions (i.e. the Mayan ruins, snorkeling & the Belize Zoo). Moreover, in a tropical climate the animals are most active when it is cooler outside & I wanted to wake up with …