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Tom and Dale’s Great Adventure in Belize


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#41 Tomw

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 12:01 PM

still going.....

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I’m looking for obstacles in the water.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 12:19 PM

Crique Sarco village
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Chocolate tree in Crique Sarco

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Bridge at Crique Sarco
This bridge has been “recycled” and installed here in the last few years. Before that the river was there only means of transportation.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 12:26 PM

There are shops that offer wonderful things that the people of Brazil make. In this shop we found this spectacular shelf that was made from the buttress roots of a tree.

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Dale’s shelf

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Would they consider this carry-on?

Dale did end up purchasing this self and having it shipped. Great find!!!

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This just caught my eye for obvious reasons.
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Posted 19 October 2011 - 05:26 PM

Tom,

It looks like you and Dale had a great trip. How many different species of Zamias did Dale find? Thanks!
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Posted 19 October 2011 - 05:39 PM

amazing shots! i especially liked the jungle lodge & mayan ruins at caracol.

this is what makes this section of palm talk so cool!
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Posted 19 October 2011 - 07:44 PM

It looks like you two had a blast. Thanks for the photos. I especially like the "local flavor" pics'


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Posted 20 October 2011 - 03:47 AM

Tom,

It looks like you and Dale had a great trip. How many different species of Zamias did Dale find? Thanks!


Wow that’s a great question, I want to say around 5, but I will have to verify with Dale the Zamia blood hound.

The one that we went to look for we couldn’t find due to the area that it lives was thrashed by a hurricane 4 months earlier. :(

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:09 AM

Thanks for all the pictures Tom !
I happened to to be at Dale's with friends on the day the "Shelf" arrived and was brought into the house with the help of some of his neighbors workers.
This is the first time I see it in it's final position - what a spectacular piece.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 08:40 AM

I was suppose to be there to help unload it, but had to go out of town for a funeral. These pictures are at the co-op where Dale bought it. I have yet to see it in his house, maybe this week end.
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 11:09 AM

Oh boy, I enjoyed those photos!. You must have had a great time. It reminds me of my trips to Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica. To have no other ' turistas ' other than yourselves at those
ruins must have been just incredible. What I remember most from those trips are the quite boat rides along the canals and rivers just looking at the vegetation and the wildlife with only the
sound of the motor.
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 11:17 AM

Oh boy, I enjoyed those photos!. You must have had a great time. It reminds me of my trips to Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica. To have no other ' turistas ' other than yourselves at those
ruins must have been just incredible. What I remember most from those trips are the quite boat rides along the canals and rivers just looking at the vegetation and the wildlife with only the
sound of the motor.


We had a great time for sure! I’m going to Panama in January to look for Cycads that are seeding, we’ll have to talk!
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:54 PM

Tom and Dale, what an incredible adventure you guys had,fantastic shots every post, so hanging to see Central and Southern America. Very enjoyable Thread, thanks so much. Pete
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:25 AM

I found a few more pictures that I missed…..

Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Paurotis Palm
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Attalea cohune
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:30 AM

and more,

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Bromelaids taking over tree
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Bromeliads growing on wire
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We were about to get really wet!!!\
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:35 AM

And some more river pictures,
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Leaf cutter ants. I just love watching them, but I haven’t been able to get a good picture.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:46 AM

Another bromeliad
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Axe hewn fishing boat and storage area.
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I think that this is a River crocodile, but maybe it’s an agitator. I don’t know for sure.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:16 AM

Fantastic Tom, you know I love your pics.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:21 PM

Tom, I somehow missed this thread before. Thanks for adding additional photos. I was only in Belize one time on a cruise. While I was there I took a tubing trip on a river that flowed through a cave and then through the jungle. It was a lot of fun!

I really enjoyed the river photos. Looks like you had a great trip!
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:59 PM

Such a great travel thread, how did I miss this one before? Your photos of the archaeological sites are absolutely stunning, as are the river photos. I am so glad you added photos to bring this to the top of the page again, thank you!
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:38 PM

Tom,

I am sure glad you revived this thread! Absolutely outstanding coverage and photos! :) I missed it the first time back in October 2011 because I was in Tenerife, attending the IPS Board meeting. Incidentally, during that Board meeting we voted to give a grant to Belize Botanic Garden, part of DuPlooy's Jungle Lodge. Post #25. And, the IPS Board meeting in 2009 was actually held at DuPlooy's, where we stayed for several days. The IPS Directors with spouses and partners was the only group at the Lodge, so that was a very special experience. And we also made a number of excursions during our time there, and were very impressed by the Mayan ruins. Went to Tikal in Guatemala as well on a day-trip. So, it was a very pleasant surprise this evening to find your thread! Thank you for all the photos and commentary! :)

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:27 AM

Thanks for your kind words. Our trip to Belize was great, but the best thins about Belize is the people. The country is easy to navigate and everyone speaks English and they are very nice. I can’t wait to go back with my wife, and do some diving as well.
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:12 PM

Tom, I enjoyed viewing your numerous pics of your Belize trip. I agree that Belize is an interesting place to visit. Many years ago we four (me, wife and 2-kids) drove our camper van down there from San Diego, CA. At that time the road to Punta Gorda was not paved. Belize has come a long way since then. The Mayan sites in Belize are interesting but nothing in comparison with Tikal in Guatemala and Palenque in Mexico. For those who have the time, driving there and making stops along the way in Mexico (actually many more interesting places than in Belize) is a great way to sample the culture and sites of two countries. I guess it's time to make another visit as things have changed a lot since we were there. Again, thanks for posting so many interesting photos.
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