Last Saturday Joey and I packed up, bringing as little as possible because we knew we would be moving around the country a bit.
and we left early, early Saturday morning, went through Miami, and arrived in Belize.
I know its weird, but it wasn't until this point that it seemed real that we were actually going on our honeymoon. Maybe because it was so belated, or maybe because this trip had been in the works for almost a year - I was so excited to see the ocean and the beach from the airplane.
Rental cars in Belize are something else. They're almost all standard transmission, and they're old. Since most of the roads aren't paved, they've been through a lot. We got a Suzuki Jimny. That's right, Jimny, not Jimmy. In the rental car shop (which was the size of my dental operatory) I joked with Joey that I wanted "the blue one." Well...little did I know it was my lucky day!
And I must say, I got a little worried when the rental car lady showed us where the tools were... but fortunately we didn't need them. There were parts of the drive though were I wasn't sure how this thing held itself together... it was pretty durable.
There was one radio station. It played the kind of music that Borat would have liked, and it was awesome. I want to say that it was accordian based, but its hard to say. Joey wants to find a CD... maybe if he's lucky he'll get it for his 30th birthday in October!
So we arrived at Chaa Creek in the Cayo district after a couple of hours on the road. Most of it was paved, so it wasn't like the video the whole time.
It was amazing. We had a room/cottage with a pilapa/thatched roof.
We swam and relaxed after we got in.
I have a bathing suit on, its just strapless, and its my swimdress, my favorite one.
Sometimes your husband wants to wake up at like, 5 am and go for a riverwalk in the rainforest.
So usually I'm down for an early morning, its just that I hadn't had coffee yet. Joey loved the early morning wilderness... which is so funny, because usually at home I have to drag him out of bed... but not in Belize. He was ready to go!
So our first full day we went to Actun Tunichil Muknal, or the ATM cave. It was amazing, and a bigger adventure than I ever thought I would do. I had a blast. We have tons of great pictures on the waterproof camera that I'll upload later.
The second day we went to Tikal, in Guatemala.
Ohhh Wat-a-mala. It was kind of awesome. And not just because I got another stamp in my passport. We rode through some beautiful countryside.
So then we got to Tikal in the jungle.
This path was made by leaf-cutter ants.
And we saw some of these little creatures:
At this point you're probably wondering, 'where on earth did you get all of those awesome honeymoon clothes?' Well, I'll tell you! Tank - Old Navy, sports bra - Target, shorts - Luke's, Amphibious shoes - EMS.
Anyway, I digress. Onto the ruins of the ancient Maya!
It was amazing.
We saw these people dressed in white doing some kind of prayer or ritual thing. At first I thought they were pretty weird, until we made friends with them on top of this temple. We took their picture for them, and they took one of us.
In other news, doesn't Joe look handsome?
This one was pretty high, but not too hard to climb. Its hard to appreciate how tall it is in the pictures. Nonetheless, I'm afraid of heights, so getting up the stairs, which was really more of a ladder, scared me a bit.
Here I am getting a little encouragement from a girl on her way down as I started up. She told me the view was worth it, or something like that, I don't know, I was kind of freaking out.
So then we took a little break as we enjoyed a short torrential downpour. Good thing about those amphibious shoes!
Ahh! So precious.
Then we got on our trusty steeds. Here is my Joe Joe with his horse, Charlie.
My knight on his white horse.
And I had my best horse, Lightning. They named him "Lightning" because he's a very fast walker. My kindred spirit!
Don't mind the brown yoga pants, they were the only long pants I brought. Oh what's that, you want me to recount my amazing honeymoon outfit again? Oh its no trouble at all! Top - American Apparel, pants - Whole Earth. And off we were!
So we got to the part where we had to hike down to the waterfall.
Then of course we swam in it. Joey and our guide, Oscar swam all the way into the waterfall. I'm going to need remedial swim lessons before I can take that on, the current was crazy strong. It was one of the best days of my life, so amazing.
Then on the way back Lightning went directly back to his stall without stopping to let me off. He self parks just like the new Ford Escape!
Man, I loved, loved, loved Blancaneaux. I must have told Joey 300 times that if ever I lose my mind and he can't find me, I'd be there, feeding Lightning hay and riding him through the rainforest.
So then we had a fantastic dinner at the lodge, complete with some Coppola wine that they gave us since we were on our honeymoon. Did I mention that I love that place?
Oh no, that isn't taken on the same night as the picture before, I just happened to wear that dress again. I wore it three times on the trip... it held up pretty well!
Well, the horseback riding was so nice we did it twice! Joey is such a good sport. Since I loved it so much the first time Joey agreed to go in the morning for a sunrise ride through the rainforest.
Same horses, same guide, Oscar! I can't tell you how happy I was to have Lightning again, it was ridic.
Here we are in the pine forest.
Before we had to pack up and head out to Ambergis Caye.
So we drove back toward Belize City where the airport is... because we were taking a small plane to the beach.
Well, we were just conquering my biggest fears right and left on this trip!
But then we got to Victoria House and I was ready for the beach and a cocktail.
Then later that afternoon we went snorkeling. Well, I went snorkeling, Joey was scuba diving.
Here I am, a real pro. Not really, I'm a terrible swimmer but luckily the salt water helps with buoyancy.
Then we met up with the scuba group and went out to this place where the sharks hang out. Then everyone got off the boat to swim with the sharks. Well, except me... I'm not crazy.
Later that night we went out and had some delicious Belikin beer, and we danced to some live music. So fun.
We got up bright and early the next morning to go reef fishing. We caught a lot of fish, mostly snapper.
Then our fisherman guide Leonardo cleaned some of them and we ate them for lunch. It was the best fish I ever had.
The next day was our last full day in Belize, so we relaxed and talked about everything we'd done and seen, and read our books. So wonderful.
Here I am all posey pose-pose before our last dinner on vacay, wearing my MVP item of the trip, my trusty jean skirt.
I had such a great time, and I'm so proud of Joey for planning such an amazing trip. I did things I never thought I could do. Most of all, it was wonderful to spend so much time with Joey.