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Monday, March 7, 2011

I haven't posted in awhile

It's been a little over a week since I made a post.  It's simply because I have hit a dead end, and don't have much more to say about Belize.  I was only there for a little over a week.  I could talk forever about what we did behind the scenes at the bar, but that isn't relevant to what I want this blog to be about.  I have thousands of pictures I could post, but that's not a blog.  I like how far this blog has gotten in terms of readers, so I don't want to abandon it.

In the near future I will start blogging again, but on a wider range of topics.  I will try to keep it similar though.  I know quite a bit about marine life, oceanography, aquaculture and fish/fishing in general, so I will try to keep it within those boundaries.   Since I have no definitive plan, I am willing to incorporate your suggestions.  So, if there are any related topics you guys would like to hear about, let me know.   I will still occasionally post pictures and touch base with Belize as I think of more relevant topics, so don't tune out just yet.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bacalar Chico part 2

Here are some pictures that were requested of the antique workout system.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve

One of the days in Belize we ventured through a canal that splits Belize from Mexico.  We went through a maze of Mangroves, ran into a few manatees, and ended up at an old Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve site.  It was a small island in what seemed to be the middle of no where.   Obviously the only way there was by boat, and yet they had things on the island that you wouldn't expect.  There were wild cats and dogs that just roamed the island.  They were friendly, but not loyal whatsoever.  From what I remember, the island was used mainly for surveying and collecting data.  It was a perfect place for that because there was no civilization anywhere nearby.  The atmosphere was very natural and untouched by man. 

There were a few buildings on the island.  One of them was a small visitor/information center.  There was a sign in book for visitors to sign.  It showed how few people got the opportunity to visit the island.  I saw a few signatures from the US, but they really only got a few hundred visitors a year.  The rest of the visitor center just had so interesting artwork, museum type preserved artifacts, information posters, and some models/maps.  There was kind of a Mayan theme to the whole place, representing a bit of the history and culture of the area. 

It was really interesting to see how simple people lived here.  They had work out stations outside, but it was nothing like the bowflex's that we have in the states.  One of the setups was a bench, made by hand with 3 planks of wood and some nails, and a big barbel made out of a metal pole with hardened concrete on both ends.  Those two things and a spotter, and they have their very own free weight bench press. 
As always, here are some pictures.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Pages

Hey all,
I don't have much to say today about Belize.  I just want to give a shout-out to Nerd Spiffy for making me an awesome banner, seen above.  I also wanted to let you know that I added two new pages to my blog.
Questions and Answers
These pages are for you guys to ask me questions and make suggestions, so that I can make this blog better.  Please feel free to go to those pages and comment anything relevant that is on your mind. 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Belize Part 6

I know it's been awhile, I had a busy week.  I want to get back into the Belize Blogs, I think I have one or two more before my whole week will have been covered. The first this I want to tell you guys about are these strange holes.  One of the days in Belize we took a long boat trip up the coast, and went down this canal that separates Mexico and Belize.  Both sides were all mangroves trees. The canal was a maze too me, turns everywhere, dead ends.  I had no idea where we were.

 Anyways, we ended up in this little pool completely surrounded by a mangrove forest, and the sea water was only about 8 feet deep, so we could see the bottom.  We started seeing these crater looking things on the sea floor. We asked the boat captain about them, and couldn't really make out what he was saying, but I think they are called Blue Holes.  Basically they are these craters that go really deep, and are interconnected with other craters underwater.  We would see fish swim into the darkness in these craters and never come back.  It was the perfect combination of awesome and scary, cause we had no idea what was down there.  The boat captain told us that some people will swim down into them, follow and tunnel and try to pop-up out of a different crater somewhere.

That sounded like the stupidest thing you could do to me.  You could get stuck in those tunnels and your dead.  Some of these craters were huge, but some we just big enough to swim into. Some were close enough to one and another so that people thought about try to swim through the tunnels, but it was just too dark and we were concerned about what was hiding in those tunnels.  I don't know how no one in my group got any pictures of these holes, but I found this one on google.  Its pretty much 100% exactly what we saw and experienced.  As you can see, there is the one hole in the main view of the picture, but if you look close you can see another one in the upper right corner.  So I ask you, would you swim into the first dark hole and hop to pop out of the other one?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

More Pictures

Don't have a bunch of stuff to write about today, but I gathered a handful of high resolution pictures for you guys.  I think there are way too many for me to upload to this blog, so there is a feed in the right sidebar to my photobucket album.  Here are a few to show you the quality.


I didn't really get around to making a blog in the past day. I started up another blog and kind of forgot about this one. I have also been kinda busy.  My weekend starts on Thursday around noon so I have been out to clubs all night the past few days and sleeping all day.  I think I slept through Valentines day, I'm not entirely sure what today is or when Valentines day is/was.  Doesn't really matter though, livin' single.  Anyways, just know that I wasn't ignoring you guys or being lazy about blogging my trip, I was just preoccupied with $1 vodka-redbulls.  I'll get back on top of normal blogs when the weekend is over.  Maybe a short one with some pictures later tonight. 

Peace and Happy Valentines day.