end of January 1999 Elayne and Leonard traveled down to Central America
for a trek through the Mayan ruins of Tikal and a sea kayaking and snorkeling
adventure in Glover's Reef, the southern most coral atoll of Belize. The
trip itself began in Portland, Oregon on January 25th as
our two travelers left home for their muggy port of call in Houston. From
Houston our intrepid duo flew south to Belize City, then hopped over to
Flores, Guatemala and Tikal. After a few days in the jungle they flew back
to Belize City and boated out to Glover's Reef. Join them now in a look
back at their trip via photographs and memoirs of their experiences.
The pages that follow contain many thumbnail images, each of which can
be clicked upon for a larger view.
||Why Belize and Tikal? Portland is known for
its rain, and even those who embrace the rain look forward to a bit of
sunshine after 90+ days of precipitation and cold. The world boasts many
warm climates in many exotic locations, but a previous trip to Belize left
Elayne and Leonard with a mixture of wonder and disappointment. The wonder
was of the vast and unspoiled coral reef so close to the US, and the disappointment
from a major tropical storm that closed roads to other tempting locations,
such as Tikal, and kept boats safely tied at their docks. All in all the
previous trip felt unfinished more than anything else. This time
they'll see if they can do it right.
|Adventures in Tikal. Stories abound of the
wildlife amongst the ruins of Tikal, and the ruins themselves are said
to be among the most extensive and extravagant in the new world, although
much of the forest has closed in around them and is eating away at the
remnants of a major Mayan city. Tikal more than lives up to its reputation,
which is just as well, for the lodgings our two globe trotters find themselves
in leave much to be desired.
||Life on a tiny and remote Caribbean island.
Can Leonard and Elayne survive on a tropical island with three fellow travelers
and five willing and able guides and cooks to see to their every needs?
Will days of bright sunshine, clear blue waters and mile after mile of
reef teaming with life spoil them, or can too much of a good thing actually
|Postscript. A final fling in Belize and a word
or two after it was all over.
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