Today would be a special day for me as Steve was going to spend the whole day with me! After breakfast we were going to the gun range and then we were going to go to Robber’s Roost on a trail ride.
This was the set up for the rifle shooting. The rifle was placed on the little bean bag for stability.
Here is Steve getting instructions on how to shoot at the fake prairie dogs.
Next it was my turn.
Steve is getting instructions on the shot gun.
Here is Steve shooting at the targets with the shot gun. As my shoulders couldn’t lift the shot gun, only Steve did this.
My turn with the long guns. We didn’t shoot at the closer targets with these long guns. The closer targets were used with the pistols.
Next is was Steve’s turn to shoot the long range rifle.
Here is a better view of the targets. I think they got painted every night.
These are the types of guns that were available, and the corresponding ammunition.
I enjoyed using the pistol. It is much lighter than the other weapons! Our first year the instructor let my use his personal pistol. It had a laser which made it a lot easier for me to aim at the target. I still did very well with the pistol.
Here we are all done with our shooting lessons.
It was nice having lunch with Steve. Usually I am on my own.
Cookies for dessert!
Here I am all saddled up and ready to ride with Steve. Of course you wouldn’t know if this picture was taken after our ride and I was using the fence to hold my self up!
Here is our guide retelling the story of how this lookout got it’s name. I think any high point gets the name of Robber’s Roost out in the west!
The view from the top of Robber’s Roost is tremendous!
Trying to get the horses to poses for a picture can be difficult!
Here are some nice pictures of Steve and I coming down the mountain.
Dinner tonight was Creekside. There was a big barbecue. It was much different than previous nights as the weekend crowd included a lot of families. We had been spoiled with the ranch being mostly adults only the previous days.
Nevertheless we had a fun time. We met a couple from Denver. They had very exotic accents. Hopefully I will find out tomorrow where they are from!
Do you think Steve should grow his beard back?
Do you think I will find out more about the couple we had dinner with?
More from our 6500 cross country road trip in 2015. Enjoy!
Breakfast with a view. The main lodge at the ranch has music going through their sound system every morning. This is my favorite set!
Breakfast. A little of this, and a little of that.
Breakfast is served on the patio outside. The heat lamps are nice in case it gets cold.
I went for fishing lessons with Trey. Steve had fished several times with Trey before and found him to be a great guide. Steve and I agreed that it would be good that instead of his trying to teach me someone else should try to help me with my casting. After I got the hang of it Trey went to another part of the pond to try and catch some fish himself. After noticing that he was getting no action whatsoever I told him that we should go back to the lodge. I figured that if he was not catching anything, then surely I would not also! Nil for the morning. I am hoping that shooting will be easier. Just aim at the target and fire!
Back at the lodge I had lunch by myself.
Meanwhile Steve was out with his guide. He caught one beautiful fish.
He had lunch here.
There are tee-pees for kids to play in when there are group dinners.
It is a pretty spot to visit.
Here is another large fish that he caught after lunch. Steve ended up catching 18 fish for the day. The two largest fish were 17 inches.
After lunch I went riding.
Later we had cocktails at Falcon Peak. This duo plays at many Brush Creek evenings. They are married and have great voices. Singing together a long time they harmonize well.
Don’t we make a cute couple? The answer is “Yes!”
There were lots of shrimp and crab legs to eat.
A sundown picture.
This one is a little better.
Back at the lodge we had a lovely dinner. Dinner included fried polenta and smoked prime rib. It was served buffet style.
The good-watermelon, the bad-fried bananas, with caramel sauce and whipped cream which looked a little bit ugly.
I scraped my plate clean.
Then it was to the campfire for some s’mores.
If I worked outside the house I could have this picture on my desk!
Perhaps Steve would want this picture on his desk.
Steve went down to breakfast and it seemed that my email was received after all! Everything was “How are you Steve? I have your fishing all set up!”
Steve had originally arranged all his fishing before we had arrived at Brush Creek. When we were at the activities barn yesterday all his requests were missing, and we were not sure that he was going to be able to fish the water that he had wanted to fish. I had mentioned this in the email yesterday to the VP also, complaining that Steve was having problems with scheduling the week’s fishing. Well, today it was all a different story! The fishing schedule was all rearranged, and Steve was going to be able to fish when and where he wanted to.
In fact, although we were not going to be moved into a cabin, a king size bed was going to be moved across the hall and we would be moved there and have quiet Mountain views. I don’t often complain, Steve and I have a tendency to vote with our feet. However in this case, I was pretty riled up and did complain. I thought that if we were moved across the hall I would be happier.
If I don’t see that an accommodation can be made, I decide to vote with my feet and also warn others about the type of service that they might get. I don’t feel that I owe any business my review. I only let businesses that I like hear about how they might make changes. I think the perfect job for me would be a paid luxury hotel consultant who is a secret stayer. Instead I am a luxury hotel consultant who pays to stay at hotels and gives the hotels my free advice!
This is one of the reasons we keep coming back. A 20 inch brown on the Encampment.
This is Cheyenne the horse that I rode today. There is so much to remember! Shoulders back, chest open, seat firm, hold reins like an ice cream cone, let the horse know who is boss, don’t let him eat grass, lean forward going up hills, lean back going down hills, when you post go up and down faster. If you are hitting the saddle hard it is because you are too slow for the beat, look ahead, not down, sit up like a girl, not slumping like a guy-they are protecting their equipment! Too much too remember but having fun anyway.
This was where I hung out before lunch. Can you believe I got a little sun burn? It’s the high elevation and poorly applied sunscreen!
Dessert from lunch today. I forgot to take pictures of the buffet. Oh well.
Steve came back from fishing on the Encampment to spend lunch with me. He caught three rainbow trout and a 20 inch brown trout. A good morning for him.
After lunch he spent the rest of the afternoon on Brush Creek fishing. He caught 16 brown trout ranging from seven to sixteen inches. All in all a good day.
Once again, I forgot to take dinner pictures.
Dessert. Bread pudding with coffee ice cream and some other stuff. I showed restraint.
Was today’s post too short?
Do you like to ride?
Do you ride Western or English? Are there more differences than shinier boots when you ride English?
Today is going to be a long day of much sitting in planes, airports and then cars. We will not be home until very early Saturday morning. Enjoy our last few moments in paradise and our long trip home!
First is my morning coffee with lots of foam!
I had two eggs over medium with bacon and toast. Steve had scrambled eggs and since he forgot to order bacon I was sweet and shared mine. I am such a sweetheart!
A small plate of fruit with my last breakfast.
I wanted to use the video that Bunny took of her shower as she did such a good job holding the phone steady but she didn’t bring her phone to dinner last night. So here is my video. When I showed you the shower the other day, it was only a picture. You couldn’t really see how magnificent it was!
Our bags were all packed and ready to go.
I made sure to return the room key. There was a $100 charge if you didn’t bring it back. We never even used it to lock the room. I should have just left it at the front desk the first day!
These are the only Jaguars we saw all trip.
Goodbye front desk manager!
Today we got to take the van. All our other trips had been in the Land Rover. The van was air conditioned and I didn’t have to worry about getting dust in my eyes. That was nice, but I enjoyed bouncing around in the Land Rover also.
Steve doesn’t look to happy to be leaving. I was looking forward going home and to hang out on the couch in our house!
It was a short drive to the airport. Town was very busy as it was market day. A day trip to Punta Gorda is offered twice a week for market day. I think I might do that next year, but not when it is so hot and muggy. I think it would be very interesting to see all the products that some of the Mennonites have for sale.
Inside the Tropic Air terminal. It also doubled as the post office!
This is an activity I chose not to do.
Hiking, swimming, more hiking, all in a dark cave that required head lamps. No thank you!
Permission granted to board the plane.
Although the man is wearing a plaid shirt, he is not Steve. This man manages Copal Tree from New Hampshire. He comes every few weeks to make sure that all is running smoothly. The staff at CTL is incredibly personable and seemed to be very happy. Many of the team remembered us from last year. It was a pleasure to stay there.
The plane was given a good hose down to get rid of all the dirt and schmutz.
Good bye Punta Gorda! See you next time.
Here you can see the reef around the islands. the deep water is a much darker color.
It was very cloudy at times. Good thing we were flying via the computers!
The rivers were very sinuous! The roads are straight though.
Agriculture and lots of islands from the air!
This is Harvest Caye an island that Norwegian cruise ships land at. Last year there was a cruise ship parked here. Look how long the walkway is to get to the island!
Here is a short video of what you can do on the island. It looks incredible. Imagine how much fun it would be if the ship just parked here all week and you just hung out on the island all week!
At Dangriga, our last stop before Belize City we had a lot of passengers get on the flight. The copilot left the plane so another passenger could board the plane. Steve was instructed to move from behind the copilot to the copilot seat!This is where Steve was supposed to sit.
As Steve couldn’t figure out how to get out of his seat and into the crew seat (not because Steve is stupid, but because he is big and the space was really small), the manager of Copal Tree Lodge sat there. Even he had trouble getting from his seat to the front!
He was very interesting to talk to. Too bad I only got to meet him on the way to the airport today. Lucky for him I only met him today! He manages Copal Tree Lodge and a private shooting lodge in South Africa. As it is very private I will never go there. The owner only lets his friends stay there. I will have to research this so I can get invited there. Wish me luck!
Well remember my post the first day about how much wealthier I thought the town of Placencia was based on the airport? Well, I was slightly wrong. I do think that there are many more expensive houses there. But it is Maya Aviation that has the more expensive terminal. Tropic has the non fancy buildings. Dangriga and Placencia have both Tropic Air and Maya terminals. In Punta Gorda, there is only a Tropic Air terminal.
This is Dangriga airport. The Tropic Air terminal is on the left and Maya Air is on the right. An interesting fact is that we saw many more flights for Tropic Air than Maya Air departing the terminal at the Belize City Airport! Perhaps all the money went to build the terminals and they didn’t have any money left to buy planes!
At the terminal in Belize City this man was waiting for luggage with us. I still have not quite figured out what the t-shirt meant. I know the phrase, but the rose and what looks like a noose has got me flummoxed. I think I will never find out this puzzle. Oh well. There will always be other crazy people for me to look at!
Once we got our luggage check in was a breeze. Unfortunately we were going to have to wait another two hours until our flight was ready to board. That meant more people watching!
Steve was feeling exceptionally generous and bought me my very own bag of Crunchy Cheetos. What a guy! I think I will keep him!
Steve’s name was called and he had to go up to talk to the gate agent.
Poor Steve was selected for additional screening. He was not allowed to talk to anyone once they questioned and examined him. I stayed far away and people watched until I would meet him on the plane. Unfortunately this meant he would lose his Pre Check ability at Houston Airport.
Here is Steve in the holding pen. Do you think they will play “Enter the Sandman” when he was released to board the plane? (If you are not a New York Yankee fan you will not understand this reference!)
This man had beautiful long grey hair.
The blonde on the right is thinking “What shampoo does he use? His hair is incredibly healthy looking!’
In the terminal there was a young man wearing a green jumpsuit. It did look comfortable!
This plane would be taking us to Houston.
I boarded the plane and found Steve waiting for me.
Yikes! Green Pajama Man Jumpsuit was going to be on our flight! Good think Steve was sitting next to me. Can you imagine the questions?
Good bye Belize!
In case you forgot where Belize is located!
Our warm towels.
The flight attendant was making hot tea-and then put lots of ice in it, so I had that to drink. It was a nice combination with my warm nuts.
I chose the brisket for my lunch. I should have picked something else.
Steve had the pasta, a much better choice.
I was going to watch this movie, but it looked a bit too scary for me. I will have to check out the reviews when we got home and possibly watch it on Netflix.
Later in the flight Snickerdoodle cookies were passed out. I got one for me and one from Steve for me.
There was a lot of fat in the cookies. They sat in my stomach! They were very soft also. I like to make Snickerdoodles at home, and mine are not soft at all. They start out with a nice crunch and get crunchier the staler they get! As the recipe makes many dozen I keep the extras in the freezer. Sometimes I even eat them frozen!
Almost to Texas!
I wasn’t sure if this was a reflection of our plane in the clouds or a UFO, or my guardian angel. I prefer to think that it was my guardian angel!
We finally passed over the coast of Texas and were heading to Houston.
Houston we have landed! Hello Gate E 15!
Since we have Global Entry immigration was quick. There were lots of security individuals with lots of dog sniffing people and luggage.
It turns out that we never needed the TSA pre check on our boarding passes as we never left a secure area.
Finally we made it to Gate C42. Our flight was going to be leaving from here.
We had a number of hours to kill before getting on the flight. I was so tired with the long walk from where we landed, to immigration, and then waiting for our luggage, and onward to the gate that we were going to depart from. So when we finally got to the gate I just stayed there with out checking out where there was a priority pass lounge. I wasn’t going to use passes to the United Lounge as the last lounge we were at was the stinky lounge in Newark, With some of our credit cards we get free passes to either certain Priority Pass lounges or restaurants. Had I not been so tired I would have noticed that there was a Landry’s near our gate that we could have gotten a nice meal . You are allowed $28 credit per person with the Priority Pass. Unfortunately I didn’t think about this until 15 minutes before boarding! Next time!
Getting on the plane I saw a man in another interesting outfit. This guy looked like he had a load in his pants. Don’t you guys know that you are to look at your backside in the mirror before you head out the door?
Did you notice that he even had ripped knees? Those pants belonged in the dumpster not on a body!
We were offered PDB’s. (Pre Departure Beverages). I chose gingerale, Steve got a cola.
Steve was looking forward to watching a movie on the three hour flight from Houston to Newark. Unfortunately in a cost cutting move many of the airlines are getting rid of the seat back viewscreens. The airlines do offer movies that you can watch on your ipad, laptop or smart phone via an App. However they don’t show you the flight maps, or network television. This is a downgrade as far as I am concerned.
The warm towels were nice and hot.
We got warm nuts again.
Tonight’s dinner on the plane. Both Steve and I chose the Asian noodle salad with chicken. The cake was pound cake with a few blueberries in it.
We finally landed and then it was off to the luggage carousel where we would wait and wait for our two bag
Eventually , about 45 minutes after we landed our luggage appeared on the carousel and we were able to call our driver and then get home. Thankfully our driver had a lead foot and we made it home in 90 minutes. Of course both Steve and I were too tired to fall asleep quickly. Maybe tomorrow night we will get better sleep!
Until next trip, I hope you enjoyed yourselves on another Excellent Adventure!
Will we meet Bunny and Jack again?
Has anyone ever seen you wear a green jumpsuit in public? (Notice I didn’t ask if you owned one, that’s a little too much personal information!)
Are you willing to pay big bucks for pants with a baggy butt and ripped knees?
This ends my trip report to Belize and back. I hope you enjoyed it.
Today’s excellent adventure will take us to Nim Li Punit. Or big hat. But first big breakfast.
Look who will be joining me for today’s excellent adventure?
Yes, Big Steve had enough fishing and decided to spend the day with me! Good thing I wasn’t planning on having an affair with the pool boy, I would have been caught!
I had fried eggs for breakfast.
Steve had scrambled eggs.
My plate of fruit.
Some decorative Mayan mask artwork at the Lodge.
We had about a 45 minute drive to Nim Li Punit. Most of the commentary will be of Nim Li and afterward. The drive there was very uneventful.
Somewhere near here is where the zip line adventure that the other couple went on yesterday happens. I won’t be participating in that type of adventure at all. I did it once in Wyoming at Brush Creek Ranch, and that was enough for me. The couple that zip lined yesterday were going horseback riding today, as it was her turn to pick the adventure. I hope they have fun and it doesn’t rain much! I also don’t think they will need liquid courage for the horse back ride.
This was the turn off to Nim Li.
I think this was the only big hat that we would see for the morning!
A little bit of the history of Nim Li Punit.
Even more information from the museum.
Some arrowheads and other tools.
A clay pot.
Here is Steve standing next to one of the Stela or pillars. You can see how tall it was. As the description states it was well preserved as it was lying in mud.
We never really did see anything that looked like the big hat.
This structure was all rebuilt. The archeologists believe that the rulers lived in this area. The area supported a farming community of about 5-7 thousand people.
Tree of very shiny bark.
Many of the stones were lying in piles like this. The restoration of the site was from piles such as these.
Desmond told us that several churches and municipal buildings in the area were built from materials from archeological sites, before they realized that such historical areas should not be mined for building materials.
This is the ball court. It has been restored. It did not look this good when the area was discovered in 1976.
As I got really hot I told Steve I wanted to go back to the visitor center and I would meet Steve and Desmond there. I left Steve and Desmond discussing the lives of the ancient people.
On my way back the ladies under the canopy called to me, asking me to look at their wares for sale. I didn’t need anything and I hate to bargain, so I just ignored them.
I made it back to the visitor center and was eagerly looking forward to sitting on the bench. Hmm, looks like I need to take a rain check on some bench sitting!
The bathrooms were surprisingly nice.
The lady on the bench finally got off and I could share it with her. She had a big blister on her foot from walking for three hours the previous day. Or was it 3 miles? No matter, she was in bad shape.
We are done now so off we go, downhill to the Land Rover.
Can you find the hornet’s nest in the tree?
I forgot what this tree was, but it had no leaves. The leaves come out after the dry season is over in May.
Now this is an especially bad picture, but I took it to show you that on a clear day you could see the ocean from here.
We were shocked to see a turkey in this yard!
Coconuts waiting in a tree, ready to drop and konk someone on the head. Lucky for me I was safe in the Land Rover.
This is a traditional style house with a door on each side and no windows. Houses with windows did not occur until Europeans arrived. Which reminded me of a funny story from when we were in Africa. James our Masai Guide wore red plaid blankets. He wore them in a toga and skirt style. I asked him why the Masai men did not wear pants. I jokingly asked if they did not get the memo about men wearing pants! I told this story to Desmond. We agreed that the Mayans did not get the memo about windows until the Europeans came to Belize!
I never did see any Mennonites, but there are many who live here. They came in the 1980’s. They are the old style who shun everything modern, and then there is the progressive branch that use electricity, etc.
Follow the signs for lunch!
Lunch was at Coleman’s. Duh!
Mrs. Coleman was the owner. Her husband died last year. They were both from India. I wasn’t sure how the name Coleman came about.
The lunch was a buffet.
The $20 was Belizean dollars. That worked out to $10 US.
My plate, a little of everything.
I finished my plate. There was a sign that said extra charge if you didn’t clean your plate!
All that was left were the bones! I had no desire to be in a Belizian jail!
Many flavors of ice cream to choose from.
I was curious what sweet corn tasted like!
We each chose coffee. It was really good. One of us probably should have gotten chocolate and then we should have mixed it together!
Do you remember Baskin and Robbins? My favorite flavor was Jamocha Almond Fudge!
Good bye Coleman’s! We are off to the waterfall.
There were many half finished houses. When people get enough money they continue construction.
Desmond told us that the reason there was no jungle here was due to the swamp land.
We did see some cows.
This house was interesting. Half was in the style of the local Indian People. Half was a more European style. Notice the Satellite dish!
I spy a gaucho!
Rio Blanco. River white. When the rains come it has a lot of white water! Not now.
The Orvis group was already here!
Some people follow the yellow brick road, we followed the brown dirt path.
I liked this plant.
This little red berry is from the Copal Tree.
The path was under construction. No one better run, trip, and then stab themselves!
I looked hot and bedraggled. I was!
First Desmond jumped off of this rock.
“Right there! That is where I am going to jump from!”, Desmond said!
Then he wanted to go off of the waterfall. He scared me by taking way too long to come up!
This is where Desmond jumped off.
I wanted Steve to be careful! The clinic was over 30 minutes away.
Steve kept telling me to be careful. He did not want me slipping on the rocks either. There was a greater chance of me slipping than him!
In case you don’t want to click on the video, here is a still.
The Orvis team was working on their final shots for the catalog of the models on the bridge just hanging out as models do. They even had a drone to take pictures.
On the Orvis crew there was a stylist, photographer, assistant photographer, plus three other people who had various jobs.
Steve makes his way across the bridge. Watch your step Steve!
Steve and Desmond are discussing which one of them will jump off the bridge. Just kidding, it is Desmond who will jump! Actually, Steve was tempted, but then he remembered he is too old for that sort of thing.
Here is a video of Desmond jumping off the bridge!
On my way over the bridge. No, I will not jump off of it!